DEARBORN — On Tuesday, the city launched a new bikeshare program in partnership with Beaumont Health and Zagster Inc. — a provider of bike-sharing systems countrywide— installing 50 bikes across 10 stations in the city’s east and west downtown areas.
“Bike sharing is another great way for visitors to experience Dearborn, either for the first time or through another look,” Mayor Jack O’Reilly Jr. said in a statement. “People have come to expect this opportunity in destination cities, and we consider Dearborn one of those… It is definitely a fun part of our mobility initiatives and fits in with our commitment to sustainability, to promoting our downtowns and to attracting millennials.”
According to the news release, interested riders can sign up for an annual $20 membership or participate as an hourly guest. Members ride for free for the first two hours and are then charged $2 for each extra hour, up to $20.
Bike rental stations are located at the Bryant Library, West Village Commons, John D. Dingell Transit Center, Arab American National Museum, City Hall Artspace Lofts, Commandant’s Quarters, behind Buffalo Wild Wings and down Michigan Avenue at Oakwood Boulevard, Military Street and Schlaff Street. This is the first phase in a series of station installations planned for the city.
“We are so proud to be a partner in launching this transformative Healthy Dearborn initiative that will engage the community in health and well-being outside the walls of our eight hospitals,” said Betty Priskorn, vice president of community health for Beaumont Health, in a news release.
“As the founding philanthropic leader, the Kosch family’s generous gift will support a dedicated 6-mile bike path and bike share program that will create a powerful impact across the entire Dearborn community.”
Beaumont Health and the Donald and Mary Kosch Foundation contributed a $1.2-million joint grant.