What do Ann Arbor cyclists think about biking infrastructure in the city?

When Nate Phipps, the co-founder of Bike Alliance of Washtenaw and managing director of the Center for Education Design, Evaluation and Research at the University of Michigan, first moved to Ann Arbor from Boston in 2014, he said he felt disappointed by the comparative lack of biking infrastructure. Since then, Phipps decided to get involved in community organizing to make Ann Arbor more bike-friendly.

“My (first) impression was that (Ann Arbor) is fine for me, but it’s not fine for people who are more cautious or less experienced riding in a city,” Phipps said. “For a decade, Ann Arbor was behind (in ) real progressive bicycle infrastructure. ”

Since Phipps arrived, biking infrastructure in Ann Arbor has improved substantially. In December 2021, Ann Arbor was named by the League of American Bicyclists as a Gold-level Bicycle Friendly Community in recognition of recent infrastructure improvements, with its bike lanes expanding from 37.4 miles in 2012 to 90.1 miles in 2022. Across the US, 35 of 850 communities who applied were awarded Gold-level status, with just 5 awarded the highest status: Platinum-level. This award is not only based on quantitative data – such as the number of bikers and miles of bike paths – but also takes into account community education and biker advocacy.

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