– Press Release –

Bublr Bikes Celebrates Success with First Fundraiser

June 7, 2018


MILWAUKEE | Bublr Bikes, Greater Milwaukee’s local nonprofit bikeshare program, held its first annual fundraising event Thursday, June 7th at La Lune Collection – 930 E. Burleigh St. – in Riverwest. The event provided the opportunity to recognize Bublr’s launch partners as well as celebrate its fourth anniversary serving communities in the Greater Milwaukee area. Event Co-Chairs include Linda Gorens-Levey (General Capital Group), Bob Monnat (Mandel Group, Inc.), and Curt Culver (MGIC).

The evening featured offerings from Lakefront Brewery and Antigua with entertainment by Milwaukee Hot Club. Both the Astor Street Foundation and the Mandel Group, Inc. were recognized with “Pedal Forward” awards for contributing significant financial support during Bublr’s initial launch in 2014. Sarah Zimmerman with the Astor Street Foundation indicated that “Bublr Bikes is emblematic of an exciting new Milwaukee. Bublr and its supporters in government and the business and philanthropic communities have prioritized access and equity in the design of this innovative bikeshare system. Astor Street Foundation is proud to be among Bublr’s many local partners.”

Mandel Group’s early support for the Bublr Bikeshare system was a natural extension of the firm’s reinvestment in urban Milwaukee. “We realized early on that bikeshare was a marker of sorts, distinguishing those cities that were attuned to attracting a large share of the millennial generation”, commented Robert B. Monnat, partner and chief operating officer of Mandel Group. “Our residents place a high value on the system, and express their appreciation for the contributions to date that have permitted the system to grow and stations to multiply.”

Corporate support continues to grow. “Bikesharing helps build strong, sustainable communities,” says Gorens-Levey. “As our local nonprofit bike sharing program, Bublr promotes mobility, wellness, economic development and increased quality of life, all of which intersect with my other community and civic involvement. Serving as a Co-Chair has also allowed me to demonstrate my support for the fabulous staff and board leadership of the organization as well as the event hosts, Mario and Cathy Costantini who do so much to enrich our City.”

Owners of La Lune Collection, Cathy and Mario Costantini hosted the event. “We’re thrilled to host the inaugural ‘Bublr Bash’ at La Lune Collection, right here in Riverwest! Bublr Bikes is an initiative that we both truly believe in – it not only provides valuable, healthy, and sustainable transportation, but also promotes the residential and commercial development of our Milwaukee neighborhoods. And, it is our sincere hope for a Bublr Bikes station in Riverwest very soon!”

The Astor Street Foundation and Mandel Group announced that they will jointly continue their support of Bublr Bikeshare during the current annual fundraising campaign. A total of $50,000 was pledged by these community partners to seed the 2018-19 annual fundraising effort. An additional $25,000 was pledged by community advocates in attendance, including Lincoln Fowler of Colectivo Coffee. Event fundraising efforts triggered a $25,000 challenge grant offered by Juli Kaufmann of Fix Development, who is pursuing development opportunities in the Riverwest neighborhood and will be the lead sponsor of a new Bublr bikeshare station in Riverwest.

For further information, please contact:
Sally Sheperdson, Executive Director | (414) 530-3785 | sally@bublrbikes.org
James Davies, Senior Director of Operations and Planning | (262) 880-7815 | james@bublrbikes.org


The Bublr Bikes system is a local, nonprofit bikeshare program, supported by corporate sponsors and community donors. Since 2014, Bublr Bikes has launched 87 bike share stations and 750 bikes in Milwaukee, Wauwatosa, West Allis and Shorewood and completes over 100,000 bike trips from these stations annually. As of June, 2018 Bublr enjoys the support of over 3,000 paying members who regularly use the system with regular frequency, in addition to visitors from all 50 states who have registered to use Bublr Bikes during visits to Milwaukee.

More Information: www.BublrBikes.org | Logos and Images: https://bublrbikes.org/media/
Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/BublrBikes | https://twitter.com/BublrBikes

Posted by Andrew Ditto