"Ford Motor Co. plans to redevelop three blocks in downtown Dearborn to include new office space, retail and a park, according to documents presented to the Michigan Strategic Fund. The project, one part of a massive 10-year plan for Ford, will cost roughly $60 million to complete. (Photo: Michigan Strategic Fund)
Ford plans to demolish most existing structures at the site, but the Wagner Hotel facade on the corner of Monroe and Michigan will front a new three-story mixed-use building with first-floor commercial space and office space for the automaker on the second and third floors.
A second mixed-use building is expected to have a similar configuration. A four-story parking garage would be constructed on what is now a surface parking lot.
To boost the city’s walkability, new buildings along Michigan Avenue will be set back from the Wagner Hotel building so the sidewalks can be widened."
-- The rest of the story can be found at The Detroit News.
This will have a great positive impact for non-motorized transportation in Dearborn as well. Not only is the City of Dearborn investing in Bike Share, but Ford Motor Company is as well within it's main research campus that is also going through enormous reovations as well and will tie in to the office space being created in the west downtown area.
2017 is already shaping up to be a great year for biking in Dearborn!!! The City of Dearborn has included our Healthy Dearborn Walk n Roll schedule in their calendar. be sure to check out May-October...our Walk n Roll season!! Every week, we start at a different park! We hit all corners of the city on this short casual weekly ride and walk. Join us!!
Thank you to the City of Dearborn for including us!!
**There is one important change to our schedule. The calendar shows that we have a themed ride on Saturday, June 3rd. I apologized, but this has changed. We participate in the Metro-Detroit Tour de Cure for the American Diabetes Association, and they scheduled the 2017 ride for the same day! There will be no Dearborn ride on June 3, 2017.
The best way to keep up to date with all out ride events is to join our Remind App!!
Simply text @bikedbn to 81010 and follow the prompts on your phone. Each week you will recieve a text stating where our next ride is, or important info regarding cancellations due ot weather, etc.
Hello Bike Friends!! There's a couple of local events you should be aware of...
Macomb Bikes & Fitness is hosting a New Year's Eve Ride on December 31, 2016 at 11am. Rolling out from Eastern Market in Detroit. This is a free event ride lasting about an hour to an hour and a half at a moderate pace. It will probably be about 20 miles.
More info can be found on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/events/729822857165989/
The Cycling Saddlemen are hosting their Annual 1st Dozen New Year's Day Ride in January 1, 2017. This is the chance to start off 2017 with your first 12 miles and motivation to keep going! This ride is in Dearborn, MI and does have a $12 registration fee. A warm meal of coffee, hot cocoa, and bean soup is provided at the end of the ride! More info and online registration can be found at: www.saddlemen.org/events/first-dozen
Both rides will go on no matter the weather so dress warm and safe riding to you!
Images from the 2016 1st Dozen
Photo Credit: Besek Photography
URGENT CALL TO ACTION:
Please sign LMB’s petition urging immediate House action on our bicycle safety legislation. Whether or not you previously singed our Action Alert to your individual lawmakers, we need your help again! The bills that would create a five foot passing standard and dedicate more time in driver’s education to bicycle safety and awareness are in jeopardy.
The Michigan Senate recently passed these bills by wide margins. They were referred to the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure where they have been waiting to be scheduled for a hearing. Unfortunately, the committee will not meet again this session. House Speaker Kevin Cotter has the ability to discharge the bills from committee and bring them up for a vote on the House floor before the end of lame duck. The bills are now in his hands.
Thank you for taking action! Please share this petition with your friends and family as well.
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