Welcome to the Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society


The Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society has been active in Ann Arbor and the surrounding communities for over forty years. We organize numerous rides each week for cyclists of many different skill levels and interests.  Our signature event is the long running "One Helluva Ride" which takes place each year in July.

We also support, and many of our members are active in, numerous cycling advocacy, safety, and charitable groups throughout the greater Ann Arbor area.  Look at the rest of our site for rider guidelines and calendars, and bicycle news in general.

Hope to see you at one of our rides soon.


All AABTS Club Rides are Cancelled

Effective March 17, 2020, AABTS will suspend all club sanctioned rides.   AABTS will follow local, state and national guidelines intended to slow the spread of the Coronavirus.  

We all hope this will be for a short period of time, and we’ll be sure to keep you informed as soon as the situation changes.    

AABTS Board of Directors

AABTS Club Ride Suspension
March 20, 2020

Following up on the cancellation of club rides due to Coronavirus concerns announced earlier this week, here are some additional details:

All club rides already posted on the calendar are suspended and no new rides will be added for the duration of the suspension.  We believe however, many people will choose to continue riding at the same time and same places as usual.  We do not want to discourage anyone from riding their bikes and missing out on all the health benefits and fun that goes along with it.  If you are riding during this time, please continue to follow these general guidelines:

•    Meet and ride in small groups in compliance with local, state, or national guidelines in effect at that time

•    Maintain the recommended “social distancing” directive of 6 feet

•    Avoid fist bumps, handshakes and direct contact with other riders, their bikes or their gear

•    Wash your hands correctly and often

•    Verify any places you plan on stopping at for food or water are open for business or bring enough water and food to complete your ride

•    Don’t meet up with other riders if you are sick

•    Keep up to date on the latest developments and directives.  Visit:


Club Mileage Logging:
If you would like to have your miles added to the AABTS mileage log, you must log your own mileage.  If you would typically have recorded your mileage for a ride you just completed, log it for mileage.  If it’s a random ride that you would not have submitted, don’t log it. When the suspension is ended you can report the total number of miles you rode during the suspension period, and it will be added to your annual club mileage log.   

We’re sure you’re aware of how quickly everything is changing regarding this outbreak.  We’re doing our best to try and stay on top of all this.  We will keep you updated on the status of club events as quickly as possible.  In the meantime, stay safe.




AABTS salutes Joe Datsko on the occasion of his 99th birthday on February 4, 2020. Among the many great contributions he made to our club over the years, Joe originated the popular club ride now listed on the April-November Ride Calendar as Joe's Friday Breakfast Club. Thanks, Joe!

Joe wrote recently that he enjoys getting emails. His hearing is poor; he says "email works much better to keep me informed."

The AABTS celebrated Joe's 90th birthday in 2011, as related by David Patria in JOE DATSKO’S BIRTHDAY PARTY

Ann Arbor’s Transportation Plan Update

Dear Community and Advisory Committee Members,

Staff wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for your engagement with the City’s Transportation Plan Update process this past year. As you can see on the project web page, we are making (good) progress with our work program. The Mobility in Ann Arbor Factbook available on the web page is a collection of interesting transportation facts for the public to gain insights on our current network. 

Also, please note our first Community Advisory Committee meeting in 2020 has been cancelled and rescheduled from the original date of January 16 to February 20, 2020. The meeting will commence at 9 a.m. in the City Council chamber located on the 2nd floor of Larcom City Hall, 301 E. Huron Street. Further information, including the agenda, will be forwarded as the meeting date approaches. All members of the public are welcome to attend CAC meetings, public comment time will be provided.

All persons are encouraged to participate in public meetings. Accommodations, including sign language interpreters, may be arranged by contacting the City Clerk's office at 734.794.6140; via email to: cityclerk@a2gov.org; or by written request addressed and mailed or delivered to:

City Clerk's Office
301 E. Huron St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Requests made with less than two business days notice may not be able to be accommodated.
Wishing each of you a safe and happy new year!

Eli Cooper
Project Manager

AABTS April 3rd Business Meeting and Potluck CANCELLED!
Gary Oak becomes the newest member of the elite 100,000 mile club.

Induction ceremony, September 7, 2019, at Wheeler Park


Get the AABTS Mobile apps for iOS (Apple iPhones) and Android devices are ready to install and use on your mobile devices - phones and tablets.

You may follow the link appropriate to your device below to begin installation:

 iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=1236283590&mt=8
 Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.memberleap.AABTappforaabt 



 Discover the Power of the Pedal

The links above will take you to more information about our club. Go to our ride calendars page to view our schedule of rides. We invite every cyclist to become a member; however you are not required to be a member to participate in an AABTS ride. New club memberships purchased after September 1 of any year are good through December 31 of the following year. Come ride with us!




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Events Feed


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Far East Fringe Sunday Morning Democratic Ride

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