MoGo Bike Share To Launch Detroit And Suburban Expansion June 4

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MoGo, the bike-share system that launched a network of stations in Detroit in 2017, will launch its expansion into five northern inner-ring suburbs and northwest Detroit on June 4, Daily Detroit has learned. 

Crews will be installing five docking stations in Oak Park starting Thursday, the city announced in a Facebook post. Work will also take place that day in Huntington Woods and Berkley, on Friday in Ferndale, and May 26 and 27 in Detroit centered around the Livernois Avenue of Fashion district and Palmer Park.

All told, 31 stations are planned with 140 bikes. Stations are allocated accordingly:

  • Detroit – 10
  • Ferndale – 7
  • Royal Oak – 6
  • Oak Park – 5
  • Berkley – 2
  • Huntington Woods – 1

MoGo originally had planned to launch the expansion last spring, but encountered delays pursuing federal grants. The service received a Transportation Alternative Program grant to fund the expansion. It used a series of community meetings, online suggestions and input from local officials in each city to determine station locations. 

The service will launch amid the coronavirus outbreak that has resulted in a stay-at-home order that has been extended twice and is currently in effect until May 28. But the order makes exceptions for going outside to get exercise or shop for food or other essentials, and bicycle traffic in some areas has proliferated. 

The launch also comes on the heels of a massive streetscape project that included new dedicated, protected bike lanes transformed a stretch of Livernois Avenue in Detroit. Oak Park has also added bike lanes along Nine Mile Road, while Ferndale boasts a network of bike lanes criss-crossing the city. 

MoGo launched in spring 2017 with 44 stations and 480 bikes centered around downtown Detroit. 

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