My Commute: In Milwaukee, every sign post is a bike rack


Josh and his George's Big Dog Stand.

Customer parking is not a problem for Josh, who sets up his George’s Big Dogs hotdog and bratwurst stand four days a week outside Milwaukee’s National Hardware. The amateur kickball team member offers a grilled dog and toasted bun on his gas grill. Of course, he has three kinds of mustard and sauer kraut. His stand is next to two sign posts where customers lock up to grab lunch and shop in the hardware.

Almost every sign post in downtown Milwaukee has a bicycle locked to it.

Sign post bike rack close up

If every sign post is going to be a bike rack, Milwaukee decided they should be good bike racks.

Seriously! So the city embraced the obvious and has made many downtown sign poles bike racks.

National Hardware

National Hardware provides the Veggie Biker with all sorts of devices for adapting cameras to bicycles. One can find all the pieces to construct an apartment bicycle rack.

Men in coats and ties pedal down the streets and pull up to the nearest sign post, lock up, and go inside businesses. Of course, downtown is full of students from Marquette University, Wisconsin University and the School of Engineering commuting effortlessly up the hills and across the river bridges.

Of course, some poles seem to have bicycles permanently attached. There are bicycles that appear not to have been moved in months. Others, slowly disappear over time as parts are stripped away. However, the Veggie Biker observed the U-Lock and a cable meant never having to worry when you find your very own sign-post bike rack.

Abandoned bike

This forgotten bike has to be pivoted around the sign post each week by the person mowing the parkway. The basket if filled with empty cans and coffee cups.


My Commute: Your bicycle can be a sidewalk parts store for thieves

Stolen bike parts

Your bicycle can prove to be a sidewalk parts store for thieves. There’s a reason one U-Locks the frame and rear wheel to the pole, while running a cable from the front wheel, through the seat to the U-Lock.

We need a bicycle locking system that works as easily as parking and locking your car.

Consider, you start out parking your new bike using a U-lock connecting the rear wheel to the frame plus the bike rack, with a cable strung through the seat and around the front wheel.( Or you secure your seat permanently with its own cable and remove the front wheel and U-lock it, the frame, and the rear wheel to the pole.)

  • Then, you get tired of using the cable.
  • And then you just snap the U-lock around the frame and the pole.
  • And then, finally, you just lean your bike against the store and run in for a second to grab your laundry.

And, then, someone grabs your bike–or just parts of it.

Thieves are happy just to treat your bike as a sidewalk parts store. And that can be a real pain–if they just took your seat.

Veggie Biking wants a bicycle “Club.” Or it wants bicycle companies to start manufacturing a theft-resistant product that is as easy to use as parking and locking your car.


ALERT! Free Metrolink ride to OCTA bike rally 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Orange


Alert courtesy Marcia Jeffredo

The Orange County Transportation Authority is sponsoring a bike ride 7:30 p.m. Thursday from the Metrolink Station, 194 N. Atchison Street, in the City of Orange to the OCTA headquarters, 550 S. Main Street, Orange. You will be riding with local elected officials, so get your biking wish list ready.

This is part of its celebration of National Bike Month.

As you can read on this poster, OCTA writes it wants to show you the new bicycles and bicycle parking equipment being introduced by the OCTA for the new BikeLink System. Because Metrolink is offering free train rides to anyone boarding with a bike, you can jump aboard at any Metrolink station and arrive at the Orange station in time for the rally.


My Commute: How NOT to Lock Your Bike!

A casual look by the Veggie Biker at a college campus bicycle lot shows only two bikes out of approximately 20 are properly secured against theft. Three-hundred-dollar rims and accessories are there for the taking, if someone can’t steal the whole bike. Visit the Veggie Biking website for more tips on using your bike as you live your daily life.