Bike Ann Arbor
With over 79 miles of bike lanes in the Greater Ann Arbor Area, it's easy to find a direct and safe route to getDowntown. We provide you with the resources and tools to help you find your way.
Learn the Basics
- What are the Benefits of Biking?
- Fast Commute to Work: Biking to work saves time and is often the fastest way to get around in the District, especially during rush hour.
- Meeting People in the Community: Biking helps you get familiar with a neighborhood and increases the likelihood of meeting your neighbors.
- Improved Health: Biking improves your health and lowers your risk of serious illness like cardiovascular disease and type two diabetes.
- It’s Good for the Environment: Twenty bikes take up the same space as one car, and biking produces zero pollution.
- Improved Performance at Work: Biking, as a form of aerobic exercise, improves time and workload management, helping you feel motivated and more prepared to deal with stress.
- Better Sleep: Biking for just 20-30 minutes every other day can help you fall asleep faster, sleep better and longer.
- How to Bike Safely
- Wear a helmet. Helmets dramatically reduce the risk of head injury in a bicycle accident.
- Ride on sidewalks only when necessary and always yield to pedestrians. Riding on the sidewalk is NOT illegal in Ann Arbor, but pedestrians have the right of way.
- Follow all traffic laws. Bicyclists are required to obey all regulatory signs and traffic lights. Always ride with traffic.
- Be seen and use hand signals. Use a headlight and blinking tail light to be visible to others. Let motorists, cyclists and pedestrians know what you intend to do by using hand signals. Be predictable!
- Beware of parked cars. Ride at least five feet away from parked vehicles, and watch for people exiting—doors can open at any time.
- Be careful at intersections. Watch for crossing vehicle traffic at intersections, even if you have the right-of-way.
- Be alert. Scan the road. Always know your surroundings.
- Be Vocal. Give an audible signal or use a bell before passing pedestrians or other cyclists and pass only on the left
- Community Cycling Groups
Bike Advocacy Organizations
- Washtenaw Biking and Walking Coalition (WBWC): Local advocacy group for cyclists in Washtenaw County.
- Washtenaw Bike Alliance: A joint project of area organizations and enthusiasts aimed at bringing the Washtenaw area bicycling community together.
- Bike Ypsi: Bike advocacy and event group that focuses mostly on Ypsilanti. They lead a ride to Ann Arbor for Bike to Work Day.
- Programs to Educate All Cyclists (PEAC): PEAC’s purpose is to enhance the lives of individuals with disabilities by using cycling for transportation, integrated recreation, fitness, and therapy.
- League of Michigan Bicyclists: Advocacy and resources for Michigan Bicyclists
- Common Cycle: A community-based organization empowering Ann Arbor to ride bicycles by providing access to education, workspace, and resources.
Recreational Biking Groups
- Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society: Organizes bike rides and other events throughout Ann Arbor.
- Ann Arbor Velo Club: Also organizes bike rides in Ann Arbor.
- Michigan Mountain Biking Association: For those who like to Mountain Bike.
Where Can I Park?
Learn more about bike lockers, bike houses, and where else you can park your bicycles in downtown Ann Arbor.