We don't actually have bike lanes. BCB has written about this before: most of Ann Arbor's bike lines are actually in the middle of regular traffic lanes. That is to say, when you are riding your bike there is usually a car right behind you, the driver is on his way to Buffalo Wild Wings, and he has very little patience with you, who is the only thing between him and spicy meat and televised sports. I will take my chances with pedestrians.
This guy looks dumb.
Helmets look dumb. There is no way around it. It is impossible to look cool while wearing a bike helmet. Sure it is whole lot stupider to not wear a helmet (closed head injuries, etc.), but at least you don't look stupid. That's what really matters.
Michigan roads suck, even in Ann Arbor. This one is real. A few weeks ago, I was riding to work and hit a pothole. Except, apparently, my body doesn't believe in inertia or any of the other laws of physics to the same extent as my bike, and I quite unexpectedly found myself on the ground. And there stood my bike still inexplicably upright, its front tire still in the pothole. Luckily, I was wearing my helmet.
These are just my thoughts. Does anyone else have any comments about Ann Arbor's particular bike culture?