Nonprofit bike-share system MoGo to expand into northwest neighborhoods, suburbs

A quick look at the MoGo station map reveals a system that traces along two main corridors, Woodward Avenue and the Detroit riverfront, and largely limited to the city’s greater downtown.

That’s about to change.

MoGo, the nonprofit bike share system launched in May 2017, currently has 480 bikes spread across 44 stations throughout Detroit. Its reach is about to expand significantly as the organization has announced an additional 140 bikes and 31 new stations set to debut next spring.

Not only will there be more MoGo bikes and stations available, the expansion of the system will spread into central northwest Detroit, up Livernois Avenue, and into several Oakland County suburbs.

"MoGo is proud to partner with our expansion communities in tackling an important piece of the regional transportation puzzle," Lisa Nuszkowski, founder and executive director of MoGo, said in a statement.

"Bike share is ideal for shorter distance trips, and we are excited to be one step closer to increasing mobility options for more people in metro Detroit."

Since its launch, MoGo has sold nearly 5,900 monthly, annual, and access passes, with approximately 2,000 current active members. The $5 annual access pass offers affordable pricing for those receiving state benefits, making up 21 percent of all long-term passes sold.

This will be the first time that MoGo bikes will be available outside of the city, resulting in a bike-share system nearly doubled in size, further improving mobility options between suburbs and city.

Participating neighboring communities will include Berkley, Ferndale, Huntington Woods, Oak Park, and Royal Oak.

"We are eagerly awaiting the advent of MoGo as a new transit option in our community," Oak Park City Manager Erik Tungate said in a statement.

"It will complement our efforts to create the highest quality of life with the best public amenities possible."

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MJ Galbraith is Model D's development news editor. Follow him on Twitter @mikegalbraith.
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