Bike sharing is rockin’ the suburbs (with all apologies to Ben Folds). One year into a successful launch in greater downtown Detroit, the nonprofit MoGo is expanding into more Detroit neighborhoods and five suburban cities.
The regional expansion includes the cities of Berkley, Ferndale, Huntington Woods, Oak Park, and Royal Oak.
“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.”
Although MoGo launched in the city of Detroit, is not owned or operated by the city government.
The expansion is planned for the upcoming Spring of 2019. According to the nonprofit, specific station locations have not yet been determined. MoGo will work closely with each participating community to identify potential locations and secure necessary permits and approvals. It will add about 30 new stations to MoGo’s current system, along with nearly 150 additional bikes.
This expansion is made possible through a $495,380 Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) grant awarded by the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG).
MoGo says in a statement that there will be “extensive community outreach to engage residents in conversations about potential station locations and other considerations for bike share.”