Plenty of transportation options make all of Dearborn accessible, no matter where you’re coming from or how you arrive.
Easy to Get Around
Dearborn is bikeable, busable, driveable and delightfully walkable, too. At nearly 25 square miles, keep in mind that Dearborn also covers a lot of ground—and that its East and West Downtowns, connected by its main street, Michigan Avenue, are a few miles apart. So if you plan to travel from district to district, a motorized vehicle is likely to be your most convenient option. From there, bikes, scooters and human-powered options will easily get you within your last mile.
Bus routes run through Dearborn and connect Dearborn to other Metro Detroit communities. Suburban Mobility Authority for Public Transportation (SMART) are a frequent site on Dearborn’s main thoroughfares, including the newest SMARTFlex last-mile options. Dearborn is also well-supported by taxis and ride services. While our city’s not a step-outside-and-flag-down-a-cab kind of place, waits seldom last more than five or 10 minutes when you call or contact by app. Planning to take a train? Dearborn has its own Amtrak station, with service to Chicago and points east as well as Detroit and points west. Flying in? You’ll find many car rental agencies around nearby Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) and within Dearborn as well.
Public Transportation & Ride Shares
Downtown Dearborn is a major advocate for safe and reliable transportation by partnering with local, regional and state organizations and transportation providers to assure Downtown Dearborn is accessible via all forms of mobility.
We are proud to partner with Bike Dearborn, the Beaumont/Kosch Family, the City of Dearborn, and the Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce to provide the community with information on bike safety in Downtown Dearborn and beyond!
Sharing the road is a shared responsibility. Bicyclists are permitted on all roadways unless specifically prohibited, like on limited-access highways.
For more information on biking in Dearborn, connect with biking enthusiasts, and find out about planned group rides by visiting the Bike Dearborn website!
SMART & DDOT
Two public transportation providers will get you here and there, including regional transportation provider SMART and City of Detroit’s DDOT.
SMART offers a Fast Bus option with stops at Schaefer and Mason, as well as local stops all along Michigan Avenue. Looking for micro-transit direct service? Try SMART Flex. It works like a shuttle that comes when you want, where you want. Book a ride straight from your phone and get picked up in minutes. Offered seven days per week in Dearborn. First 10 rides are free. Find out more and download their app here.
Located at the edge of West Downtown Dearborn on Michigan Avenue between Evergreen and Brady, the John D. Dingell Transit Center is an intermodal station that is served by Amtrak‘s Wolverine line, as well as SMART buses, providing access to places such as Ann Arbor, Kalamazoo, Chicago, Detroit and beyond. It is designed to also be part of the future high-speed commuter line between Ann Arbor and Detroit, and provide easy access to The Henry Ford through a separate entrance that abuts the property. The 16,000-square-foot station officially opened for service on December 10, 2014, with a 18-foot by 20- foot mosaic, titled “Transformations,” on display in the station’s lobby created by Pockets of Perception, made up of ten students of Dearborn senior high schools.
Frequently Asked Questions & Tips
Tips for Drivers
- Keep five feet away from a bicyclist. It’s the law.
- No parking or driving in the bike lane. Again, it’s the law.
- Be alert. Distracted driving is dangerous.
- Use caution. Always look for bicyclists before opening your car door.
- Check your blind spot. Allow a bicyclist to pass before making your turn.
Tips for Bikers
- Obey all traffic signals, stop signs and laws. Ride in the direction of traffic and use hand signals.
- Use bike lanes when present. Bicyclists may leave a bike lane to turn left or to avoid hazards.
- Yield to pedestrians.
- Be predictable and visible. Use headlights, tail lights and reflectors.
- Be alert. Wear a helmet.
Status of bike share & scooters
Downtown Dearborn is currently working on partnering with both a scooter share and bike share company. A scooter program should be rolled out by summer 2022, and a bike share program will be ready by the spring of 2023.
Where do I park my bike?
Start and end your day in Downtown Dearborn with a trip starting on Monroe to Ford Field and connect to the Rouge Greenway Trail. There are also bike lanes on Brady Street and more will be added to Outer Drive soon.
Where do I fix or park my bike?
Bike racks and repair stations are located throughout Downtown Dearborn and city facilities. Bike Dearborn created this map to highlight the many bicycle friendly facilities and businesses within the City of Dearborn. You can turn on and off layers of interest in the side legend of the map. To open the legend, click the icon. The map includes:
- Bike Parking
- Bike Share Stations (Bike Share is currently not active)
- Bicycle Friendly Businesses
- City Parks
- Bike Repair Stations
- Dearborn Public Schools
- Current Bike Lanes