Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Ypsilanti, MI
Bikes: Rocky Mountain RC30, Soma Sport Fixed
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I'm a little surprised that michigan was in at 12. I live in what many people claim to be one of the most bike friendly areas like Ann arbor, and I don't feel it's all that great. Ann Arbor itself isn't too bad. IT has a nice large park with a good MUP, and lots of bike racks. But the streets are narrow, and in many cases, especially where there is heavy bike use, there are no bike lanes.
And the moment you get out of Ann Arbor, it just gets drastically worse. Finding a Bike rack to lock your bike to in Ypsilanti, the town I live in, is almost futile. There is almost no shoulder on any road. It wasn't until the re-paved a road that a bike lane was added, and it was in an area of very little use.
Perhaps the state is legislating in favor of bikes, but the conditions themselves have not improved much as of yet, I guess the future will tell. Personally, I'd be happy with a few more "Share the road" signs you see here and there.