Bike Parking Installations
The DDA serves as the primary provider of bicycle parking in the downtown, seeking to meet growing demand and promote the use of bicycles by commuters, visitors, and others.
On September 30, 2009, the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority installed new conveniently located bike hoops on the posts of former parking meter posts; which now serve as parking space numbers for the innovative e-park system that was introduced in summer 2009 on Main, Liberty, State, and Maynard Streets. In support of the DDA’s goal to continually make downtown more accessible for everyone, the bike hoop additions make the e-park system even more user-friendly.
In summer 2009, the DDA installed more than 3 dozen Art Hoops to commemorate the importance of art in the downtown. This year marked three significant art milestones for the Ann Arbor community: the Ann Arbor Art Center celebrated its 100th anniversary, the Ann Arbor Art Fairs celebrated their 50th anniversary, and the University of Michigan Museum of Art recently celebrated the grand opening of its new addition. Local artist, Mary Thiefels, volunteered to design the special art hoop pictured below, which has been fabricated in a varity of colors to celebrate these important events.
In addition to adding new hoops downtown, the DDA piloted an on-street bike rack program, installing racks in a metered parking space that had been bagged for this purpose. This allowed the DDA to seasonally accommodate 14 bicycles in a space that would otherwise accommodate a single car. The program was met with such positive feedback that the DDA will re-install the racks each spring for use during warm weather months.
These bike parking spaces add to the hundreds of spaces previously installed by the DDA in convenient locations throughout the downtown, as well as two dozen bike lockers. The DDA has a stong commitment to increasing the feasibility and accessibility of sustainable transportation options. Bike parking allows visitors to come downtown without driving and park in high-demand areas adjacent to shops, restaurants, and services.The 2009-2010 Fifth and Division Improvement Project includes bike lane additions, which will significantly increase community members ability to bicycle in and around the downtown.
To suggest a new location for a bike hoop or on-street rack, please visit our bicycle parking request form.