Detroit bike share service MoGo expands into Oakland County, partners with DDOT

The bicycle-sharing service MoGo is riding into Oakland County.

Five cities near the Detroit border are adopting the service, which first launched in Detroit in 2017. The cities of Berkley, Ferndale, Huntington Woods, Oak Park, and Royal Oak will each take part in MoGo's regional expansion.

Thanks to a $495,380 Transportation Alternatives Program grant awarded by the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, MoGo will be adding nearly 30 stations and 150 bicycles in Detroit and the five Oakland County communities. The expansion is planned for spring 2019.

"MoGo is a low-cost, reliable transportation option for metro Detroit residents," Ferndale planning manager Justin Lyons said in a press release. "We are excited to welcome MoGo's service to Ferndale and others who have shown interest in the system.

"With this expansion, more people can count on riding a bike year-round for trips to work, school, or recreational purposes."

The new bikes and stations will join the system's 430 bikes and 43 stations already in place in Detroit. Specific station locations have yet to be determined.

MoGo was recently in the news for its partnership with the Detroit Department of Transportation. The pilot program between the two entities will hand out 2,000 30-day MoGo passes to DDOT riders, improving connectivity issues within the fixed route bus system.

According to Lisa Nuszkowski, founder and executive director of MoGo, incorporating the suburbs into the bike share system improves the regional transportation network as a whole.

"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."

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