I disagree with the recently released Complete Streets study that says Birmingham needs more bicycle lanes. At least if it means spending a lot of money to build them. From the standpoint (or is it "ridepoint?) of a recreational cyclist who rides a mountain bike 10-15 miles per day during decent weather, we're doing just fine. I ride throughout Birmingham and Bloomfield Hills, and I use a combination of relatively quiet streets and, when necessary, sidewalks. Granted, I don't use the bike for transportation from Point A to Point B, and I don't ride a relatively fast street bike with narrow tires that requires smooth surfaces. Those riders may feel differently. But my sense is that a large number (majority? I don't know) of riders are recreational, just like me, riding bikes that don't require perfectly smooth surfaces, and they aren't trying to get from one point to another. They're just out enjoying the exercise and outdoors, and they and I consider ourselves very lucky to be living in an area like ours. My guess: Even those who ride street bikes think our area is great for cycling, and the large numbers of street cyclists throughout town on any summer night are a testament to this. Can we do better? Probably. Is it worth spending large dollars -- anyone's large dollars -- to make something that is already excellent even better? IMHO, no. Not when we have so many other important needs.