In June of 2017 the city rolled out its anticipated bike share program a ribbon cutting outside the John D. Dingell Transit Center on Michigan Avenue — one of 10 sites where program members can find Zagster bike rental stations for a zip around town — followed by a celebratory 2-mile bike ride through downtown west Dearborn.
A combination of partners help make the bike program possible, including Beaumont Health, Healthy Dearborn and Dearborn Brand Sausage Co. owners Don and Mary Kosch, who sponsored the bike stations.
“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,” O’Reilly said.
Together, the Kosch family and Beaumont Health donated $1.2 million for the bike program, including a 6-mile dedicated bike path.
Bike rental stations were 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.
In April 2019 U-M Dearborn added 3 more stations to the successful program. The program was made complimentary for the campus community — faculty, staff and students — to use.
In June 2020, siting business complications related to the COVID-19 health crisis, bike share operator Zagster ceased operations in all markets including Dearborn. There is currently still 3 more years of funding from the original Kosch family donation. As of July 2020 Healthy Dearborn and the Bike Share Committee are currently researching and seeking out a new vendor to continue bike share operations in the city.