Posts Tagged ‘Dearborn’

New Dearborn Bike Share Program Unveiled

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017


Donation by Beaumont, Kosch Family, Make Vision Reality for Dearborn Bike Share Program




DEARBORN, Mich. (June 13, 2017) — The City of Dearborn today launched a new bike-share program with Zagster, Inc. and Beaumont that will provide all Dearborn residents and visitors with a convenient, affordable and healthy way to get around town.

Starting today, 50 cruiser bikes will be available at 10 stations located throughout Downtown Dearborn for members to use for on-demand, local trips. The Dearborn Bike Share Program is part of Dearborn’s ongoing multi-modal city transformation. This evolution is a result of a collaboration with the city of Dearborn, Dearborn schools and Beaumont Health promote healthy eating and active living for all through the Healthy Dearborn program. The Zagster bike share inititiave is one of the first projects aimed at offering Dearborn residents and visitors more diversified mobility options for enhanced bicycle and pedestrian friendliness – all key to the city’s future growth and livability.

Bike rental stations will be located in both east and west downtowns 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 on Howard Street, and the intersections of Oakwood Boulevard and Michigan Avenue, Military Street and Michigan Avenue and Schlaff Street and Michigan Avenue. This is the first phase in a series of station installations planned for the City.

“Bike sharing is another great way for visitors to experience Dearborn, either for the first time or through another look. People have come to expect this opportunity in destination cities, and we consider Dearborn one of those,” said Dearborn Mayor John B. O’Reilly, Jr. “It complements other biking activities and our plans for many more miles of bike paths and lanes. 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.”

Added O’Reilly, “We’re grateful to Don and Mary Kosch, Beaumont and Healthy Dearborn for working with us to make bike sharing possible in our town this summer.”

The City of Dearborn – with partners The Kosch Family and Beaumont Health, who collaboratively donated $1.2 million, and the support of Healthy Dearborn and Downtown Dearborn – unveiled the program today at a kickoff ceremony at the John D. Dingell Transit Center. The event included a ceremonial ribbon-cutting with remarks from Dave Norwood, Sustainability Coordinator, Dearborn; Max Widmer and Michael Sheppard, Zagster, Inc.; Betty Priskorn, Vice President of Community Health and Outreach, Beaumont Health; Don & Mary Kosch, The Kosch Family; and Dearborn Mayor John B. O’Reilly, Jr. The event concluded with a 2-mile celebratory bike ride through Downtown West Dearborn.

“I have lived and worked in this community all my life, and I am delighted to give back by supporting Healthy Dearborn and the Bike Dearborn programs,” said Donald Kosch. “This is just one way to provide the resources needed to teach children and residents a healthier way of living. It feels good to give, but more importantly it does good. When you can do that, it’s a great combination.”

“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, Beaumont Health. “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.”

The Healthy Dearborn collaboration is part of a community coalition of more than 200 residents and representatives from various sectors working together to improve health and quality of life in Dearborn.

Don and Mary Kosch and the Beaumont Foundation leadership recognizes that health and well-being are interconnected with social, cultural, physical, economic and other factors. The powerful impact of the collaboration of all partners provides the necessary support to improve quality of life and healthy lifestyles across the community.

Downtown Dearborn’s business leaders project the bike share program will also stimulate the local economy, providing visitors, employees and students alike with quicker, easier modes of access to the many destinations throughout Dearborn.


Participating in the Dearborn Bike Share Program

Dearborn Bike Share PromoRiding Dearborn Bike Share is easy. Bikes can be found via the free Zagster Mobile App — available for iPhone and Android — or online at

With just the single touch of a button in the app, riders can control a Bluetooth-enabled locking system that features two points of security. (Alternatively, riders can obtain unlock codes via text message to use with an on-bike keypad.) A ring lock prevents the rear wheel from spinning or being removed, and two sturdy cables — one at each station dock, and one on each bike — connect to the ring lock, allowing riders to either tether bikes to Zagster stations at the end of their trips or to public bike racks for mid-ride stops.

After the rider returns the bike to a designated Zagster bike station, the rental ends and the bike is available for the next person to enjoy.

Unlike other programs in which riders must drop off bikes at designated stations for every stop, Zagster’s programs give users the freedom to ride as long as they want, wherever they want. And because Zagster manages all aspects of its programs — from bikes and technology to maintenance and marketing — Zagster partners create and deploy scalable bike-share systems that best suit their communities.

Riders join the program by signing up for an annual membership online or participating as a non-member, hourly guest. An annual membership — for riders who must be 18 or older — is $20, however members who sign up early, using promo code bikedearborn, will receive a 50 percent discount. Members receive the first 2 hours of each ride free and a $2 fee for each hour afterward, up to $20.

Dearborn Bike Share features the Zagster 8, an award-winning bike known for its practical design, comfortable ride and easy handling. The bike includes a spacious basket that’s perfect for carrying groceries, takeout, or personal belongings. And because rider safety is a priority, every bike includes automatic lights, a bell and full reflectors.



About Zagster

Zagster is the leading provider of private and public-private bike-sharing systems in the United States, operating more than 160 programs in more than 30 states. Its efficient business model allows the company to successfully deploy in multiple markets, including cities, suburbs, universities, commercial campuses and residential properties. Zagster investors include Edison Partners, LaunchCapital; Fontinalis Partners; Clean Energy Venture Group; LaunchPad Venture Group; Otter Consulting and several leading Boston-area angel investors. Zagster’s goal: to make biking the most loved form of transportation.

More information about Zagster and its programs can be found at


About Beaumont Health

Beaumont Health is Michigan’s largest health care system, based on inpatient admissions and net patient revenue. A not-for-profit organization, it was formed in 2014 by Beaumont Health System, Botsford Health Care and Oakwood Healthcare to provide patients with the benefit of greater access to extraordinary, compassionate care, no matter where they live in Southeast Michigan. Beaumont Health has total net revenue of $4.4 billion and consists of eight hospitals with 3,429 beds, 174 outpatient sites, nearly 6,000 physicians and 36,000 employees and 3,500 volunteers.  In 2016, Beaumont Health had 177,508 inpatient discharges, 17,536 births and 567,658 emergency visits. For more information, visit

Dearborn Restaurant Week 2017

Monday, February 13th, 2017

Dearborn Homecoming 5k and Fun Run

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

When summer hits in Southeast Michigan, everyone begins to look forward to fireworks, tasty food, great music, and seeing old friends at the Dearborn Homecoming festival.  Now in its 37th year, they are adding a new tradition – the Dearborn Homecoming Festival 5K and one-mile Family Fun Run on Sunday, August 7.  Come out and run or walk on Sunday morning to celebrate Dearborn!

The 5K will leave from the Brady Street entrance at 8 a.m. and loop along the Rouge River Gateway trail near the University of Michigan-Dearborn before returning to the park.  Prizes will be awarded to the top overall male and female finishers and by gender in 12 age groups.

The one-mile Family Fun Run stays within Ford Field Park and is a chance for runners of all ages and abilities to participate in the event. The Fun Run starts at 7:45 a.m.

Registration for the 5K is $28 through June 30, with the first 50 to register getting a special early bird rate of $22.  Then until  July 31, registration is $32.

Late registration is $35 through race day.  For the Fun Run, registration is $15 until July 31 and then $20 through race day.

See to register and for more details.

Registration includes a custom inaugural Dearborn Homecoming 5K T-shirt (must register by Aug. 1 to be guaranteed a shirt), a custom Dearborn Homecoming bib number, live results, post-race food and drinks, and an inaugural Dearborn Homecoming 5K finishers glass (5K only).

Race proceeds benefit the Dearborn Community Fund, which organizes Homecoming with the City of Dearborn.  Homecoming runs from Aug. 5 to 7 at Ford Field Park on Monroe Street north of Michigan Avenue. Planners hope to make the run a permanent part of Homecoming.

The run is one of several Homecoming events in 2016 to incorporate Healthy Dearborn initiatives. Healthy Dearborn is a broad-based community project to promote wellness, including staying active and having fun. So come out and have a “Healthy Start to a Fun Day”!

Visit in the coming weeks for details about Homecoming 2016.

2016 Friday Nites Music & Food Truck Rallies

Monday, March 21st, 2016

Friday Nites Music & Food Truck Rallies, brought to you by the West Dearborn Downtown Development Authority, returns with old favorites and NEW bands, and a fresh line-up of original and new-to-the-scene food trucks.

Also NEW this year, the Friday Nites Concerts and Food Truck Rallies will occur every other Friday throughout the summer. For those age 21+, a beer garden will allow concert goers to grab a craft brew as they enjoy the event.

Concerts are free to the public.

Save these Dates!
June 10- Brennan
June 24- The Reefermen
July 8- Jody Raffoul
July 22- The Muggs
August 12- The Wrenfields
August 26- Beat Club (Beatles Tribute Band)

Looking to be a Food Truck Vendor? Contact to reserve your space. Space is booking fast!

Location: Parking lot behind the Bryant Library, just off Michigan Avenue between Mason & Howard.

The Big Read Dearborn Kickoff

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

Watch how students create eerie and stunning illustrations of Edgar Allan Poe’s memorable works for ‪#‎TheBigReadDearborn‬ kick off on Feb. 6.

Shop Small in West Downtown Dearborn

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

You can still download and print your #ShopSmall Passport. Get yours stamped and drop off your passports at the Civic Center Dearborn’s Ford Community & Performing Arts Center/Padzieski Art Gallery, Village Picture Frame & Art Gallery, or Green Brain Comics by December 12th.



Village Picture Frame & Art Gallery Holiday Open House

Saturday, December 5th, 2015

It’s that time of year again. Let’s spread the Holiday Cheer with a little party. Come mingle and look at all of our holiday gifts. We will have appetizers and beer and wine. Let the Village Team brighten up your Holiday Season! Please feel free to bring guest with you.

Printable Small Business Saturday Passport here!

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

Many of the businesses that are participating in the Passport promotional event will have hard copies available at their respected establishments but you can also download and print your Passport here: Small Business Saturday Passport.


Small Business Saturday November 28th

Thursday, November 12th, 2015


This year, the Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce, East Dearborn Downtown Development Authority and West Dearborn Downtown Development Authority are partnering to help build awareness of shopping local.

We’re organizing a Small Business Saturday Passport and #ShopSmallSelfie Promotion in town and we want you to be apart of it. Shoppers are encouraged to pick up a Small Business Saturday Passport at participating locations and get their passport stamped at as many locations as possible starting on Small Business Saturday, November 28 through December 12. You can also download the passport here by following this link: Printable Passport. For every stamp received, customers are then entered to win prizes provided by participating businesses.

In addition to the passport, show your pride of shopping local with a #ShopSmall Selfie you take while shopping at stores in #Dearborn and #DearbornHeights and share it with us on social media. You can also post and check out the event on Facebook by following this link: your Passport here!

Downtown East Dearborn
Alanos Pizza & Subs
Alcamo’s Market
Blick Art Materials
Factory Finish Shoe Repair
Green Brain Comics*
JB Bamboozles Pub & Grille
Joe’s Top Dog Coney Island & Bar
Retro Image Antiques
Stormy Records

Downtown West Dearborn
Bailey’s Sports Grille
Brome Burgers & Shakes
Dearborn Brewing
Dearborn School of Music
Hair Designs North
Lue Thai Cafe
Nichols Ski and Snowboard
Nigosian Rug Company
Paint and Pour
Village Picture Frame & Art Gallery LLC*

Civic Center
Dearborn’s Ford Community & Performing Arts Center/Padzieski Art Gallery*
*passport drop-off locations

Brome Burgers & Shakes and Lue Thai Cafe!

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

As we’ve mentioned before, there are tons of new businesses popping up all over Dearborn and especially in out West Downtown district. Two such businesses are Brome Burgers & Shakes and Lue Thai Cafe!

Brome Burgers & Shakes is a new healthier-burger restaurant that opens up this Friday October 16th in West Downtown Dearborn. They serve never frozen organic and all natural premium beef, non- GMO house cut fries and fresh salads.

Brome Burgers & Shakes was founded by Dearborn native Sam Abbas, who also founded Yogurtopia, which now has three local locations and two in Arizona.

Lue Thai Cafe is set to have a soft opening this Monday October 19th and is celebrating by offering 40% off your entire bill Thursday October 22th and the 23rd! On October 23rd, the first 20 customers with a minimum purchase of $5.00 at 11am and 6pm will receive a special gift as well!

Mayor John B. O’Reilly will perform the Ribbon Ceremony at Lue Thai Cafe on Friday 1o/23 at 4pm.

Brome Burgers & Shakes is located on 22062 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI and their hours are 11:00am-10:pm.

Lue Thai Cafe is located on 22215 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI.