Michigan and the Great Lakes

Washtenaw County Bike Rides

A Guide to Road Rides in and around Ann Arbor
Joel D. Howell

A guide for anyone—newcomer to experienced—who wants to go bike riding on the roads of Washtenaw County


Washtenaw County Bike Rides is ideal for people who are new to the county, are new to bike riding, or simply want to expand their repertoire of rides. All routes described in the book start or end in Washtenaw County and have been selected with a preference for rides outside of the city. All the routes are paved. Joel Howell details the roads, the areas that require caution, the difficulty of the rides, and routes that can be extended for longer rides.

Includes routes and maps for Dixboro, Dexter-Chelsea, Gallup Park, Hell, Huron River Drive, Manchester, Waterloo, East Lansing, and more, as well as an overview map and ride log.

Joel D. Howell is a physician, medical historian, and avid biker who loves to ride on the roads in and around Washtenaw County. He lives in Ann Arbor.

Praise / Awards

  • "Two of the strongest predictors of an active lifestyle are convenient access to exercise opportunities, and pleasant and beautiful exercise environments. Joel Howell's book has solved both of these factors with a collection of some of the most beautiful and accessible biking (and running!) routes in the upper Midwest. His clear and detailed descriptions of how to find them and how to ride them are interesting and useful."
    —Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D., Chair of Family Medicine, University of Michigan

  • "Washtenaw County Bike Rides will spread your geographic horizons and enhance your personal knowledge and enjoyment of Washtenaw County. Howell offers informative and enticing descriptions of multiple bike routes, supplemented by alluring photos and useful, often nonintuitive, tips ranging from how to ride in traffic to how to bike with (or past) 'interested' dogs. Howell has performed a genuine service for county residents and visitors. Get moving, Washtenaw!"
    —Kenneth Warner, Dean, University of Michigan School of Public Health

  • "This book includes all the main biking routes making it a 'must have' for any cyclist new to the Ann Arbor area.  There are also great tidbits of local lore and super photographs that make it a welcome addition to the libraries of cyclists who have ridden these roads countless times."
    —Mark Lovejoy, President, Ann Arbor Velo Club

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Copyright © 2009, University of Michigan. All rights reserved.

Product Details

  • 5 x 8.
  • 96pp.
  • 14 maps and 24 B&W photographs.
Available for sale worldwide

  • Paper
  • 2009
  • Available
  • 978-0-472-03330-0

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  • $12.95 U.S.

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