2017 Bicycle Friendly Community Application
The City of Ann Arbor has submitted an application (PDF) for the League of American Bicyclists "Bicycle Friendly Community Award."
The next step in the application is a survey for Ann Arbor residents to help the League gain a better understadning of local bicyclists' experience in the community. The survey, which only takes a few minutes, will be open until September 30.
The City of Ann Arbor Bicycle Map (PDF) shows the various bike lanes, bike routes, and shared-use trails available for trips within the Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County area. Print copies of the maps are available at City Hall's transportation information center, bike shops, and the Parks and Recreation Department.
Ann Arbor is a bicycle friendly community that has:
- 79 miles of bike lanes,
- over 900 bike parking spaces in downtown, including 431 bike hoops, 6 on-street bike racks accommodating 16 bikes each, and 26 secured bike lockers.
- Been named by the League of American Bicyclists a Silver-level Bicycle Friendly City in 2009 and 2013.
- Been recognized since 2008 as a Gold-Status community in the Promoting Active Communities Assessment, a state initiative to promote active living in Michigan communities. A Gold award means that Ann Arbor “can document outstanding achievements in making it easy for people to be active.”
If you notice a problem within a bike lane, such as a pothole, or wish to report an abandoned bike, please use the A2 Fix It app or use our Report a Problem page.
Know and follow the rules of the road. Don't swerve in traffic or between parked cars, obey all traffic signals, and ride in the direction of traffic. It's the law, and it will keep you safe.
Yield to pedestrians. If a cyclist does not feel comfortable in the road and chooses to ride on the sidewalk, consider yourself a guest in the pedestrian space. Ride slowly, announce your presence to pedestrians who may not see you, walk your bike on crowded sidewalks, yield to pedestrians, stop or dismount before entering crosswalks, and watch for drivers who may not be watching for you!
Ride with traffic, on the right. If the lane is overly narrow or in unsafe condition, or the cyclist feels uncomfortable with the passable area that motorists have, a cyclist should consider cycling nearer to the center of the lane.
Give yourself space from parked cars to avoid risking a crash if a car door opens in front of you.
Always wear a helmet. Your brain is your most precious asset; protect it.
Be visible. The City of Ann Arbor requires that all cyclists use headlights and rear reflectors after sunset.
Make sure your bike is in working order before travelling.
ArborBike is a bike share program that is owned and operated by Clean Energy Coalition, a non-profit located in downtown Ann Arbor. The program was developed in partnership with the University of Michigan, the City of Ann Arbor, TheRide, and Clean Energy Coalition.
Bike share is a membership-based, public transportation system that makes a fleet of well-maintained, easy-to-ride bikes available for short trips in and around the downtown and campus areas. Users can access the bikes once they purchase a membership for either a day, a month, or a year. Once a member, a user can check out a bike and ride it for no additional cost as long as the bike is returned within an hour.
Parking and storage
There are several different types of bicycle parking, from protected storage lockers to simple bicycle racks
If you are interested in having bicycle parking installed in the downtown area, you can contact the getDowntown Program by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This map shows locations of bicycle parking spaces in downtown Ann Arbor bicycle. For more information on bike lockers, please visit getDowntown's bike page.