Every Friday, Stuff We Missed looks to other Milwaukee publications (and beyond) for, well, stuff we missed throughout the week.
• Remember when the Department of Public Works (DPW) announced that those darn dockless electric scooters would return to Milwaukee streets in early August? Well, it’s more or less mid-August at this point, so what gives?
Squirreled away in an Urban Milwaukee piece about a new scooter company that may be entering the Milwaukee scene (Blue Duck), is this quote from the DPW: “We anticipate late August or early September the scooters will be out.” So there you go. Just in time for [the last few weeks of] summer!
Milwaukee’s third dockless scooter “pilot study” is set to run from whenever it actually gets going until the end of 2023. (In 2021, scooters returned to Milwaukee streets on June 1.) Similar to past studies in 2019 and 2021, no more than three companies will be allowed to operate in the city. Each company will be allowed to deploy up to 600 scooters throughout seven city-defined zones, for a total fleet of 1,800. (The DPW has yet to reveal which three companies will be operating in Milwaukee in 2022 and 2023.)
The DPW recorded a total of 481,706 scooter rides in Milwaukee during the 2021 study. There were 2,452 average rides per day, and 2.6 riders per scooter per day. In 2019, during the first study, 350,130 rides were recorded.
A 2021 survey revealed that 74% of trips were non-recreational, 47% of respondents replaced a car trip, and 70% of respondents thought scooters should be allowed.
The DPW received 89 emails or phone calls about scooters in 2021, virtually all complaints. Thirty-eight percent of the complaints were from repeat individuals.
The Milwaukee Police Department, meanwhile, reported 15 scooter crashes in 2021. [Urban Milwaukee]
• The fourth time was not the charm for Milwaukee’s streetcar system, which once again failed to secure a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) to extend its route to Wisconsin Avenue and the downtown convention center. [Milwaukee Business Journal]
• Read this new piece from John Gurda: “Racist planning decisions led Milwaukee’s freeway system along a path of least resistance, with great damage to communities of color.” [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]
• The Milwaukee Bucks unveiled their new “Classic Edition” alternate jerseys. The purple-and-green jerseys are throwbacks to the team’s Y2K-era duds. The team has yet to announce when players will rock the new/old jerseys. [OnMilwaukee]
Classic never goes out of style. pic.twitter.com/UHH4J2U4QC
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) August 11, 2022
• New Caribbean and West African joint on the east side! [Urban Milwaukee]
• New BBQ joint on the south side! [Urban Milwaukee]
• R.I.P. Fushimi Sushi next to Good City Brewing on Farwell Avenue. The restaurant will close at the end of the month. [Urban Milwaukee]
• Milwaukee County Transit Systems (MCTS) has given more than 8.4 million rides so far in 2022—1 million more rides than this time last year. Great job, MCTS! [Milwaukee Business Journal]
• Have a great weekend, Milwaukee!
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