With the many new developments flourishing downtown these past few years, it was no surprise that Detroit would follow suit with larger cities and develop their own version of bike share. In 2017, MoGo Detroit Bike Share teamed up with big companies such as Henry Ford Systems and did just that. With the arrival of 430 reddish orange bikes scattered throughout 43 stations within the city, Detroit would become the newest hub for clean public transportation abilities.
For those unfamiliar with the bike sharing system, users are able to purchase $8 dollar day passes, $18 dollar monthly passes, or $80 dollar passes for short 30 minute rides around the city. With the abundance of stops all around the city, MoGo gives riders the ability to pick up or drop off the rented bike at any MoGo bike station. Anything exceeding the 30 minute limit, will be subjected to additional costs for extra time. Don’t panic, rates are only $4 dollars per extra 30 minutes for day pass holders and discounted at $2 dollars per 30 minutes for monthly and annual pass holders.
What’s new for MoGo riders this year is the new initiative to bring adaptive bikes to all types of riders in the city. Just yesterday (May 15th), 13 new adaptive style bikes were introduced as a pilot program after combing forces with PEAC, a Ypsilanti-based nonprofit organization that works side by side patrons with disabilities.
First of its kind, MoGo will become the first bike share program to offer such styles as two-wheeled tandems, upright cargo tricycles, recumbent tricycles, in-line recumbent tandem, hand tricycles, side by side recumbent tandem, and front loading trailers to members in the community. The new program will run slightly different than the standard two-wheeled bikes currently stationed at their docks.
Instead of the normal 30 minute time limit, the adaptive pilot allows riders to use the bike for two hours at $12 dollars for a single pass or $30 dollars for a season pass (valid through the months of May until October). Additional costs include an extra $8 dollar charge for times exceeding the two hour limit. Though the pilot is set to end on October 31st, it is a likely possibility that the program extends its timeframe based on usage.
If you are interested in trying the bikes out, MoGo is offering free rides on May 23 in lieu of charging locals to honor of their one-year anniversary. To read more about MoGo Bike Share, please visit their website.
By Victoria Tsai
Social Media Coordinator at JMJ Phillip Group