2019 will see Detroit’s still-fairly-new bike share expanding into more neighborhoods—and suburbs. MoGo announced today that because of a large grant, the bike share intends to install stations in Berkley, Ferndale, Huntington Woods, Oak Park, and Royal Oak next year.
“People’s transportation needs don’t stop at city borders,” said Lisa Nuszkowski, founder and executive director, MoGo. “Expansion of bike share sends an important message about our ability to work together to solve transportation challenges in the region while providing people with an affordable and convenient way to get where they need to go.”
The expansion will add about 30 new stations to the MoGo network. Bike share is meant for shorter distances (three miles or less, a half-hour at a time). 150 bikes will be added in this expansion, thanks to a $495,380 Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) grant awarded by the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments. Exact locations for stations in the suburbs and Detroit neighborhoods have not been determined yet.
Currently, MoGo bike share stations are located from the North End to the Riverfront, and from Southwest Detroit to West Village.
MoGo will work within the communities to plan its next system locations.
While the debate over regional transit lingers, both MoGo and DDOT have offered more options for transit within the city this year. MoGo announced earlier this year the addition of adaptive bike share alternatives for riders of all abilities. In early July, MoGo and DDOT announced a partnership for free bike passes to fill in the gaps of DDOT services.