Downtown Milwaukee is the hub of several bike trails: two beer-line trails on the north, the Hank Aaron trail on the west, and several trails with the common Oak Leaf name–leading south to Bay View, north along Lake Michigan, and towards Shorewood along a former railroad right of way. Once the trail ends, however, the rider is pretty much on his or her own on navigating downtown and getting to another trail. A low-cost step in overcoming this problem would be a system of signage that would lead the rider from one trail to another, or to other destinations. A model might be Chicago’s bicycle sign that list destinations and the distance to them.
A more ambitious step would be dedicated bike “superhighways” through downtown, similar to those in Montreal, London, and many other cities.