Dearborn Healthy Streets FAQs

What are Dearborn Healthy Streets?

Dearborn Healthy Streets are shared streets intended to help all residents find safe, healthy ways to get outside, recreate, exercise and access essential services by providing greater access to public right of ways traditionally used for motor vehicle transportation. Dearborn Healthy Streets allow people to bike and roll in a safer, slower street environment freeing up space on the sidewalk for pedestrian travel and social distancing. Vehicular traffic is restricted to local traffic only on shared streets, meaning that you can still park on your street and get deliveries, but passing through in your car is not allowed. People driving must drive slowly and always stop for anyone in the roadway. Emergency vehicles are permitted. Shared streets programs are emerging as a nationwide trend during the COVID-19 pandemic which emphasizes the need for social distancing and healthy lifestyles.


Am I allowed to bike or roll in the street?

Yes. Bikes are always allowed on roadways and must follow the appropriate laws. Dearborn Healthy Streets encourages more biking or rolling use of the full street to maintain proper physical distance from other people. Getting outside for exercise and fresh air is considered essential and important for maintaining your physical and mental well-being. Remember to always keep a face covering with you for times when you are not able to maintain 6-feet distance from others.


Am I allowed to walk or run in the street?

No. Due to City and Michigan State laws, pedestrians are required to be on the sidewalk when one is available. Dearborn Healthy Streets encourages biking or rolling use of the street to free up space on the sidewalk for pedestrian travel and social distancing. Getting outside for exercise and fresh air is considered essential and important for maintaining your physical and mental well-being. Remember to always keep a face covering with you for times when you are not able to maintain 6-feet distance from others.


What activities are allowed and not allowed on Dearborn Healthy Streets?

Dearborn Healthy Streets have been reprioritized for people. Dearborn Healthy Streets are meant for movement and are NOT places for people to congregate, crowd, or socialize.


Who is allowed to use Dearborn Healthy Streets?

Biking or rolling is allowed in the street as is local traffic and deliveries for residents who live on a Dearborn Healthy Street. Anyone walking or running should be socially distanced on the sidewalk. City services and emergency vehicles are also permitted on these streets. All modes, including people biking, running, and rolling, should proceed slowly and yield to people walking.


Why are Dearborn Healthy Streets necessary? Why can’t people just use the sidewalks like before?

Many sidewalks throughout the city do not allow for the minimum 6-feet distancing required by health authorities. Sidewalks are becoming crowded and people are using the street to maintain proper distance from others. Dearborn Healthy Streets provide wide, comfortable space for people to walk, run, and roll to get outside and stay healthy.


I live on a Dearborn Healthy Street. Am I still allowed to drive and park on my street?

Yes. Local traffic is still allowed as are delivery vehicles and access to residential parking. Through traffic, or motorists whose destination is not on that particular block, is prohibited. If your typical vehicular route uses a Dearborn Healthy Street, please plan to take an alternate route. If you live on a Dearborn Healthy Street and must use the street, please drive slowly and yield for your neighbors.


Will emergency services, garbage pick-up, and deliveries still be able to use the street?

Yes. All city services will continue to operate as normal but are expected to drive slowly and yield to people on the street.


How were these streets selected?

Dearborn Healthy Streets were selected based on a variety of factors including: community input and coordination with local officials, geographical distribution throughout the city, residential streets that had existing pedestrian and bicycle activity and access to parks, and streets with no active bus routes.


How can I get a Dearborn Healthy Street in my neighborhood?

To provide feedback on the Dearborn Healthy Streets program and to let us know where you think other Dearborn Healthy Streets should be located, visit Dearborn Healthy Streets - Contact . There, you can provide more information. We will continue to evaluate requests with community groups to gauge feasibility and support.


Are these changes permanent?

This is a pilot program to facilitate safe movement and social distancing. Dearborn Healthy Streets is planned for Spring 2021. During this time we welcome and will gather community feedback to evaluate how each street for the Dearborn Healthy Streets program.


What should I do if I see a problem on a Dearborn Healthy Streets?

If you observe a problem with equipment on a Dearborn Healthy Street (i.e. a barrel or barrier broken, missing, or misplaced), contact us and provide the intersection or address. For an emergency, always call 911. If you have other thoughts or feedback about Shared Streets, you can contact
Dearborn Healthy Streets - Contact