At admitted student day, I was asked if I thought Ann Arbor was bike friendly. After a pause I replied, "Well, we are ranked very highly in several national studies." It got me thinking, how bike friendly is Ann Arbor? How do you even judge "bike friendliness?"
On one hand, it's pretty easy to bike most places in town. We have numerous bike commuters. We have bike lanes and those new sharrows. Drivers are generally courteous if you follow traffic rules.
On the other hand, the bike lanes sometimes seem lacking. The potholes can be pretty bad. And I've heard several reports of cyclists being shouted at by drivers.
I guess in general I would say Ann Arbor is pretty bicycle friendly. That's not to say it doesn't have substantial room to make improvements. What do you think, gentle readers?
UPDATE: A2politico is covering a similar topic today: MSU But Not U of M/Ann Arbor On League of American Bicyclist Ranking of Bike-Friendly Campuses