Bublr would like to remind you that the City of Milwaukee’s Order #1 COVID-19 Public Health Plan for the City of Milwaukee remains in effect. Under Milwaukee’s order, Bublr can continue operations as an essential transportation service.

Bublr believes it is important to stay open during this time for two reasons:

  1. Bublr remains a safer transportation option for essential travel than other modes of transportation such as bus travel, streetcar travel, or rideshare / taxi travel.
  2. Riding a bike is a good way to engage in outdoor activity to reduce stress, improve mental health, and boost the immune system – all while complying with physical distancing requirements. The latest evidence suggests that outdoor recreation is “likely a low-risk” activity. For more information, check out this Vox article.

The risk of COVID-19 transmission associated with bikeshare is reported to be low, and new CDC guidance suggests that transmission through any surface is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads (see the following articles by the New York Times and Fox News).

Bublr encourages all riders to follow the latest CDC guidance on Using Transportation:

Wash your hands

  • Before you leave, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Once you reach your destination wash your hands again with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use the inside of your elbow. Throw used tissues in the trash and wash your hands immediately with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

Maintain physical distancing

  • Keep at least 6 feet (2 meters) away from people who are not in your household while traveling.

Wear a mask

  • Wear a cloth face covering when physical distancing is difficult.
    • Cloth face coverings should not be placed on:
      • Babies and children younger than 2 years old.
      • Anyone who has trouble breathing or is unconscious.
      • Anyone who is incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the cloth face covering without assistance.
  • Masks are to protect others from the wearer in case they are infected but do not have symptoms.

Avoid touching surfaces

  • Use the Bublr App to avoid touching any more surfaces than necessary.

Clean and disinfect

  • If possible use disinfecting wipes to clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces like handlebars and brakes.
  • Bublr staff are engaged in additional cleaning procedures of the touch points on the bikes and kiosks.

Stay home when appropriate

  • Do not use Bublr if you are sick.
  • Only use Bublr for trips allowed under the Safer at Home Order, such as going to work for essential businesses, grocery shopping, getting medical supplies, or outdoor recreation that complies with physical distancing requirements.

Best,

James Davies
Executive Director

Posted by Andrew Ditto