(Photo courtesy of UM-Dearborn)

By SARAH MARTIN, News Editor

The Gateway Path was extended this semester from the Union student housing to the University of Michigan-Dearborn Fairlane Campus. The addition adds roughly three-fourths of a mile to the path, and is 10 feet in width according to statements from the City of Dearborn and University of Michigan-Dearborn.

According to a statement released by the university, “the asphalt addition curves around the Union, by the Fairlane Town Center Mall, crosses at Hubbard Drive, and ends at the Fairlane Center building.” They also announced that bike racks will be provided at the Fairlane Center Campus and the Union for students wishing to bike. Walk time is approximately 15 minutes.

A small outdoor ceremony was held on October 30th with Dearborn Mayor John B. O’Reilly, Jr. and University of Michigan-Dearborn Chancellor Daniel Little cutting the ribbon to the new extension.

The Gateway Path connects to the Gateway Trail, which starts at Ford Field and travels behind Andiamo, through the University of Michigan-Dearborn and Henry Ford College campuses, and eventually the Hines Park bike path.

The City of Dearborn website states that this one of the first steps in creating the “Central Greenway Loop,” which aims to create bike paths across Dearborn. They are planning on eventually connecting the existing portions along Hubbard Drive to Ford World Headquarters, the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, the Dingell Transit Center, and the west downtown area in the near future. East downtown Dearborn connection is planned to happen after the western half is successfully built.