Mention Ann Arbor, Michigan, and bicycling trails may not immediately come to mind (college football, anyone?). Yet, Washtenaw County, of which Ann Arbor is part, features 25 miles of on-road bike lanes and 60 miles of scenic-filled bike paths.
Cyclists will not only get a great workout careening through rolling hills but many routes feature activities within the parks and paths to encourage exploration.
The Huron River winds through approximately 35 miles of Washtenaw County and the Border to Border Trail (B2B) was created as a result of collaboration among communities along the river to create a shared-use, non-motorized path that will link the open spaces of the Hudson River greenway. To aid users, including those on bicycles, distinctive signage along the path help with navigation. Parts of the path are already open and it is constantly growing and expanding for both locals and visitors alike to enjoy.
Cyclists enjoying path at Gallup Park in Ann Arbor, Michigan — Photo courtesy of AnnArbor.orgOne of the Trail connectors is Gallup Park, a 69-acre park and among the city’s most popular recreation areas. The park contains playgrounds, picnic areas with grills and more than three miles of asphalt trails for bicycling, rollerblading, running and walking.
Kids and adults can enjoy the bike paths at Gallup Park in Ann Arbor, Michigan — Photo courtesy of AnnArbor.orgAt Parker Mill, a one-mile multi-use hard surfaced trail connects to Gallup Park and is home to the Parker Mill Grist Mill, a historic mill that is operable and contains original milling machinery that was left behind when the business ceased operation in 1958. The mill is open for public tours on weekends in the fall.
Visiting from out of town and sans bike? Don’t let the name fool you, Campus Student Bike Shop, located about three miles west of Gallup Park, rents bikes by the hour, day, week or month.
Enjoy riding on two wheels in Ann Arbor but remember there is much to explore when you get off the bike, too.