Bike share program begins Tuesday in Dearborn

Illustration courtesy of Metromode Media

Illustration courtesy of Metromode Media

By M.J. GALBRAITH
Metromode Media

DEARBORN — The city is rolling out its bike share program June 13. A 10 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony and 2-mile bike ride will celebrate the launch of the program, which includes 50 bikes at 10 stations that span the east and west sides of the city.

The bike share program is symbolic of the city’s desire to move from a car-based culture to a multi-modal one, a transportation system that includes automobiles but also one that is more bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly. City officials believe that the key to future growth includes diversified mobility options for Dearborn residents and visitors alike.

“We’re going to see an increase in economic prosperity, cultural attractions, and quality of work life and residential life,” West Dearborn Downtown Development Authority Executive Director Cristina Sheppard-Decius said. “It’s going to make activities easier to access and easier to enjoy.”

The bike share program has been in the works for at least a year and a half, Sheppard-Decius said, and it’s been a combination of city stakeholders, including the Healthy Dearborn Team, Ford Motor Co., and city business leaders, that helped make it happen. Beaumont Hospital-Dearborn helped bring the program to fruition and the Kosch family, the owners of Dearborn Sausage Co., sponsored the bike stations.

Bike rental stations will be at Bryant Branch Library, West Village Commons, John D. Dingell Transit Center, Arab American National Museum, City Hall Artspace Lofts, Commandant’s Quarters, Howard Street behind Buffalo Wild Wings, and the intersections of Oakwood Boulevard and Michigan Avenue, Military Street and Michigan Avenue, and Schlaff Street and Michigan Avenue.

Sheppard-Decius said the program will grow to include more bikes, bike stations, and bike lanes through the years.

Bike rental rates are $2 an hour, though unlimited rides can be had by registering as a member at www.zagster.com/dearborn for $20 per year. Register early for a membership with promo code “bikedearborn” and receive 50 percent off the yearly rate.

(This story was reprinted from Metromode Media. It also is available here.)