Monday, September 28, 2009

Ann Arbor exceeds goal for miles of bike lanes in city

The City of Ann Arbor announced this week that it has far surpassed its goal of providing bike lanes on city streets. A decade ago, the city initiated a new non-motorized transportation policy objective. At that time, there were only eight miles of bike lanes on the city’s roadways.

Today, only ten years later, over fifty miles of bike lanes are used by bicyclists throughout the city. Over the past decade, the number of bike lanes has increased by 600 percent. As the number of bike commuters continues to climb, the popularity of the bike lanes continues.

Mayor John Hieftje said, “I’m proud of the work that has been done to expand the City of Ann Arbor’s bike-lane system and make biking an easier, more accessible transportation option for our residents and visitors.” The mayor has set a goal of doubling the number of bike-lane miles in the next five years.

Ann Arbor is a city that strives to be environmentally friendly and energy conscious. The city recently set aside several parking spots formerly used for car parking on downtown roads, to be used for bicycle parking. Zip Car opened a branch in Ann Arbor last year, making cars available for short-time use to University of Michigan staff and students.
The AATA bus system and the University of Michigan bus system provides hundreds of rides each day for residents and students. And, as evidenced by the city’s emphasis on expanding bike lanes, many residents can be seen commuting to school and to work each morning from their Ann Arbor home.

The city’s commitment to being green is one of the many things that makes it so attractive to students and prospective residents.

Image courtesy Flickr: JSmith

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