We did it! Dearborn City Council voted on our proposed ordinance during their meeting Tuesday evening, September 26, 2017. We got 7 out of 7 members voting yes! Thank you!! This is monumental for Dearborn, MI....the home of Henry Ford....Home to Ford Motor Company World Headquarters. The city has launched a bike share program through Zagster in the spring. We have our first real bike lanes coming to Outer Drive in the near future. Now we have an ordinance that motor vehicles must use caution and care when passing bicyclists on the road by giving us 5ft of space!
We have joined communities such at Portage, Kalamazoo, and Ann Arbor. On the state level, we have several Senate bills that will be voted on....one of which essentially states the same.
"Bicyclists in Dearborn, whether they are riding for recreation or to commute to work or other destinations, deserve to feel safe,” Besek said. “Dearborn is quickly becoming more bike friendly. This is just another piece of the puzzle. We are optimistic that this will eventually become a state law.”
The hard work continues as we need to get the word out to the general public. This ordinance is all about education! Educating motorists that bicyclists do have a right to the road is key in all this.
Thank you to everyone that helped this along. Thank you to our city council members that spoke just as passionate about this as we feel. Council President Susan Dabaja, and Council Members, Mike Sareini, Brian O'Donnell, and Dave Bazzy!! Your support means the world to us. We look forward to having you join us on a ride soon!
Below is a video clip from the City Council meeting as well as the exact verbiage of the new 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.
Link to City of Dearborn Press Release: http://cityofdearborn.org/news-and-events/city-news/1252-drivers-must-give-bicyclists-five-feet-when-passing-on-the-road-in-dearborn
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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
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.
SHIRTS AVAILABLE FOR ORDER!!!!!
Promote the growing bike culture and bike safety in Dearborn with your very own Bike Dearborn Shirt!
We have a rather short order window to get your shirts to you by Christmas!!
Click Here to Order (you have to create an account)
This initial order we were able to work out a really great price thanks to our advertising sponsors!! Please get your order in BEFORE 12/7/16. We will release another sale on them in the spring, but they will increase in price by at least $5.
Join the Bike Dearborn Tour De Cure Team!
Do you or someone you know live with diabetes? Bike Dearborn has joined the American Diabetes Association to help raise funds for diabetes research, education, and disease management for the 29 million Americans living with the disease.
Ride with us on Saturday, June 3rd 2017 in Ann Arbor.
Team members can register through December 31, 2016 for just $15.
You choose your route distance from 10, 20, 40, 62, or 100 miles.
This is a fundraising charity ride so each member is required to raise a minimum amount to qualify to ride on Tour day.
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We're Still Riding!
The Bike Dearborn group is still rolling through the winter. It's dark, and it's cold.
We roll at 7p on Wednesday evenings (weather permitting).
Please arrive a few minutes early to be ready to roll on time.
Routes are 6-7 miles long.
Be sure to have tire repair supplies (extra tube/patches/special tools for your bike)
LIGHTS LIGHTS LIGHTS
Light up your bike! By Law it's required to have a white headlight and a red tail light!
Dress in layers for the weather.
Start locations may vary week to week.
Sign up for Remind notifications.
text @bikedbn to 81010
Bike Dearborn or Healthy Dearborn Walk n Roll
The long-anticipated extension of the Rouge River Gateway Trail extension is now open, following a celebratory ribbon-cutting on Nov. 17, allowing walkers, runners and bicyclists to traverse the paved path from Ford Field Park all the way to Hines Park, through natural areas and the campuses of the University of Michigan-Dearborn and Henry Ford College.
Explore Dearborn on Two Wheels.