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Ann Arbor organization announces bike-share program

Those who drive through downtown Ann Arbor or the University of Michigan area should prepare to see a lot more bicyclists on the roads. A bike-sharing program has been announced that will bring many bikes to the area, allowing people to rent bikes from kiosks and drop them off at another kiosk near their destinations.

The program was developed by the Clean Energy Coalition and inspired by popular bike-shares in Denver and Portland. While the funding and details of this program are still being ironed out, it is not yet quite clear how many more bikes will be hitting Ann Arbor's Streets. Last year, Denver's program averaged 750 bike rentals a day, for a total of 430,000 miles; if the bike-share here is going to be anywhere near as popular, it is going to be imperative for bicyclists and motor vehicle drivers to be diligent about sharing the roads.

Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan have made strides recently by taking on more and more bicycle-friendly initiatives to prevent bike vs. motor vehicle accidents. For example, the city added about 20 miles in bike lanes over the previous five years, according to AnnArbor.com.

With the addition of more bicycles and bicyclists, however, it will be important for the university and the city to work to ensure bicyclists and motor vehicle drivers make a priority of preventing collisions. Car vs. bicycle accidents often end in serious injuries or tragedy for the cyclist, and these accidents are often caused by a motor vehicle driver's failure to share the road or see a bicyclist.

The bike-share may be functioning as soon as fall of 2013, according to AnnArbor.com, so hopefully area drivers will be prepared to safely share the roads with an increasing number of cyclists.

Source: AnnArbor.com, "Multimillion dollar bike-sharing program planned for University of Michigan and downtown Ann Arbor," Kellie Woodhouse, Feb. 4, 2013

  • Our personal injury law firm in Ann Arbor helps victims of car vs. bicycle accidents and other motor vehicle accidents obtain compensation for their injuries and hold negligent drivers accountable. More information is available on our Car Accidents page.

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