Tuesday night on 9/12/17 Dearborn City Council introduced to the public the first reading of a proposed 5ft Passing Ordinance to help bicyclists be safer on our roads. It is our ultimate goal that the League of Michigan Bicyclists continue to lobby for this to become a statewide law, but in the mean time many cities are taking it upon themselves to pass ordinances within their own municipalities. We have to wait until the second reading and an official vote by council to have this passed as a city ordinance, but we are optimistic by the comments made by 4 of the 7 council members during the first reading.
Press play on the video to hear what our council members had to say about the proposed ordinance.
ORDINANCE NO. 17 -
AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND THE TRAFFIC AND MOTOR VEHICLES CHAPTER (CHAPTER 18) OF THE CODE OF THE CITY OF DEARBORN BY ADDING SEC. 18-322 TO ARTICLE II, DIVISION 7, ENTITLED "MINIMUM DISTANCE WHEN OVERTAKING OR PASSING A BICYCLE; PENALTY."
THE CITY OF DEARBORN ORDAINS TO:
Amend Chapter 18 of the Code of the City of Dearborn by adding Sec. 18-322 to read as follows:
TRAFFIC AND MOTOR VEHICLES
ARTICLE II. TRAFFIC CODE
Division 7. Meeting; Overtaking; Passing; Right of Way; Marked Lanes
Sec. 18-322 Minimum distance when overtaking or passing a bicycle; penalty.
(a) When overtaking or passing a person operating a bicycle proceeding in the same direction, the driver of a motor vehicle shall exercise due care and may only overtake or pass a bicyclist when there is a safe distance, which shall minimally require allowing the bicyclist at least five (5) feet separation between the right side of the driver's vehicle, including all mirrors or other projections, and the left side of the bicyclist at all times.
(b) A person who violates this rule is responsible for a civil infraction.
Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017 10am
Ford Field Park – Monroe Street 500 Monroe St., Dearborn
• Family-friendly, police-supported bike ride through Dearborn’s northwest neighborhoods
• Snacks and safe bicycling handouts at Levagood Park (midpoint of ride)
• Children under 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian
• Registration begins at 9 a.m.
Waiver can be printed from www.cityofdearborn.org/homecoming
• Helmets are required
Presented by: HEALTHY DEARBORN
**Looking for more? Following the family ride will be a 20-mile, moderately-paced group ride for more experienced cyclists. Rest stop and SAG support available.
You're Invited to
Reimagine Your Ride in Dearborn
You're Invited to
Reimagine Your Ride in Dearborn
Bike Sharing: A Better Way to #BikeDearborn
More transformations are now just a bike ride away in Dearborn!
We are pleased to announce the new Dearborn Bike Share program, brought to you in partnership with the Kosch Family, Beaumont Health, the City of Dearborn and Zagster. Join us for the Dearborn Bike Share Launch with a ribbon cutting and celebratory 2-mile ride around Dearborn on Tuesday, June 13.
Tuesday, June 13
Check-in for bike riders begins at 9:30 a.m.
Ceremony from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
#BikeDearborn Ride from 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
John D. Dingell Transit Center
21201 Michigan Ave.
Dearborn, MI 48124
If you plan to join us, please click the button below to RSVP, by Monday, June 12. If you choose to participate in the #BikeDearborn Ride, reservations for a bike are required when you RSVP. Please feel free to bring your helmet (optional).
To welcome bike sharing to Dearborn, you can sign up for a discounted membership, using promo code bikedearborn either at our launch event or download the app now and register. You'll receive a 50% discount on an annual membership for your first year (typically $20 annually). As a member, you'll get the first 2 hours of each ride free, and only $2 per hour after.
For more information about membership and bike sharing fees, please visit zagster.com/dearborn.
Brought to you by:
East & West Dearborn Downtown Development Authorities, & Dearborn Coalition of Community Partners, 16901 Michigan Avenue, Suite 15, Dearborn, MI 48126
It was a successful kick off to our 2017 season! Thank you to Beaumont and to Don and Mary Kosch for supplying t-shirts to our participants! We have a few more so be sure to show up to next week's Walk n Roll at Hemlock Park to claim yours!!
Another thank you to Dearborn's City Council President, Susan Dabaja for coming out and braving the chilly evening with us to be our guest Walk Leader!! I hear that everyone enjoyed the walk around the Levagood neighborhood with Susan and her son, Adam!! Thank you!!
Our rollers followed me on a 5 mile route through the Levagood and Dearborn Hills neighborhood! It was an enjoyable ride and we had no mechanical or other issues with participant bikes! Great job everyone!
Next week, Wednesday May 10th, we will be Walking and Rolling from Hemlock Park on the east side of the city. Please arrive a few minutes early to be ready to Walk n Roll...we depart on our routes promptly at 7:00pm.
Photo Credit: DeJuan McTaw with Healthy Dearborn
Click HERE for the video of Dearborn's Mayor, Jack O'Reilly talking with Bike Dearborn Ride Leader, Tracy Besek about the Healthy Dearborn Walk n Roll 2017 season.
May is Bike Month! Get out and ride! Ride every day!
May 10th is Bike to School Day. Get your kids on their bikes, ride with them to school!
May 19th is Bike to Work Day. Take a new route to work...enjoy the scenery and get out of the daily traffic!
Join us on Wednesday, May 3rd as we kick off our 2nd season of the Healthy Dearborn Walk n Rolls!
Special guest walk leaders throughout the season. First up is Dearborn city council president, Susan Dabaja!! Tracy with Bike Dearborn will be leading the bike rides. Join us every Wednesday at 7p (we recommend you come a few minutes before to be ready to walk or roll promptly at 7).
For the full calendar of the 2017 season, visit the Healthy Dearborn page on the city's website at http://www.cityofdearborn.org/community/healthydearborn.
We'll see you there!
Sometimes it's nice for women with common goals and interests to get together to participate in an activity that they enjoy with the support of other women. That is precisely why I created the group Metro Detroit Biker Chicks! I originally created it to focus on trail riding for women who were intimidated on trying trails in larger co-ed groups. With the weather that we have especially in the rainy spring season, trail riding isn't always possible so we will take to some regular street/road riding with the same goal of support for all skill levels. If you are a woman and would like to join us, our next ride is this Sunday!! Please click the link to join the group. I look forward to seeing you there!!! Sorry boys...this is women/girls only! :-)
Wow! Spring has finally sprung! It's April! Our ride leader, Tracy has committed to riding every day in the month of April. Start the season out right and make the same commitment. This isn't about hard core riding and logging huge miles. It takes just a mile or two (your choice) to log a day. Get outside or ride on your stationary bike if you need to. Can you #rideeveryday? #30daysofbiking #bikedearborn
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Thank you to the Kosch Family, Dearborn Sausage Company! This is fantastic news coming from Beaumont and the Healthy Dearborn Coalition! Bike Lanes, Bike Share, and a healthy living program for kids! More details in the Crain's Detroit link!
Explore Dearborn on Two Wheels.