On May 1, the Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society (AABTS) and the Washtenaw Biking and Walking Coalition (WBWC) organized a Worst (and Best) streets of Ann Arbor ride .Â The following is a report from Frank Schwende (WBWC Board Member) and Craig Stephan (Board Member of AABTS).Â Frank and Craig organized this ride after meeting with city representatives to discuss the condition of city streets from the viewpoint of bicycle safety: Who Was There and What We Experienced Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje, Ann Arbor City Transportation Manager Eli Cooper, and Fifth Ward Ann Arbor City Council member Carsten Hohnke were among the ride participants.
Along the way we talked about the deficiencies of lane striping and signals not able to detect bicycles.Â Eli
was eager to explain that the city has obtained federal money to install new signs and stripe more bike lanes, both aimed at improving bicycle safety in town.Â We paused at Bandemer Park where we discussed the proposed rail underpass and the prospects for routing a bike path underneath the existing rail trestle (similar to the bike path at Barton Dam).Â Unless Argo Dam is completely removed and the water level drops 3 feet this option isn't viable.
For more information on the planned improvements, contact Transportation Program Manager Eli Cooper (firstname.lastname@example.org)
To send a message to Elizabeth
about the Bike Choir, email email@example.com Elizabeth
also sent getDowntown
an email about the Bike Choir: It was great to meet all of you last night at the first meeting of the Bicycle Choir!Â Our next meeting will be on Friday (April 24), 7:00am at Selma Cafe (located at 722 Soule in the Eberwhite neighborhood).Â Please RSVP by emailing me before Thursday if you are coming!
FYI, some of you might be interested in this: The Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society (AABTS) and the Washtenaw Biking and Walking Coalition (WBWC) are holding a bicycle ride on May 1 at 4:00 pm called "The Worst (and Best) Streets of Ann Arbor".Â The ride will include interested participants from both groups, the AA biking community at large, and Eli Cooper and other members of the Ann Arbor Transportation Program.
The idea for the ride came from a meeting then-council member Joan Lowenstein and AABTS member Craig Stephan had with Transportation Coordinator Eli Cooper and others last fall regarding the condition of AA streets for bicyclists.Â We had a good exchange of information and Eli suggested the idea of a bike ride in the spring.Â The objective of the ride is primarily educational - to help the AA transportation people better understand the needs of bicyclists and to help bicyclists understand the priorities and ability of Ann Arbor to maintain and upgrade streets to benefit bicyclists.
The City of Ann Arbor
is dedicated to making bicycling an easy, dependable, and fun way to make trips.Â The Ann Arbor
Bicycle Coordinator is Eli Cooper
(firstname.lastname@example.org), and any questions or comments about bicycling in Ann Arbor should be directed to him. [if you have more specific questions about what bike routes to use, another good place to contact is the WBWC email group.Â You can find out more about that group here.] What is the Alternative Transportation Committee?