MoGo rolls out adaptive bike pilot in Detroit
Detroit — Georgea Cole was an avid cyclist until she was sidelined by a spinal injury that’s prevented her from riding a standard bicycle the last few years.
But on Tuesday, she was able to take a spin near the riverfront on one of 13 new adaptive bikes provided through a new MoGo bike sharing pilot program that its organizers are billing as one of the first in the nation.
“For them to do this, it’s spectacular because you consider someone that most people don’t consider,” said Cole, 50, who lives in the city’s LaSalle Gardens neighborhood. “Everyone else is passing people with limitations by, but MoGo thought of everyone.”
MoGo, the city’s first public bike share system, launched a year ago this month and offers 430 bikes at 43 stations across Detroit. MoGo so far has logged just over 132,000 rides by more than 23,000 users from all areas of the city, surpassing its goal of 100,000 rides, officials said during a Tuesday news conference downtown.
Lisa Nuszkowski, MoGo’s founder and executive director, said an accessible and affordable service for all has been a goal of MoGo from the beginning.
Detroit and Portland, she added, are among the first major cities in the country to offer an adaptive bike share program.
“We want to make sure that we are serving that wide range of people and needs,” she said. “That’s been really important from the on-set for us.”
The organization partnered with PEAC, a Ypsilanti-based nonprofit that works with individuals with disabilities, to incorporate several types of adaptive bicycles to the program. The initial set of bikes is funded with about $50,000 from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Design & Access Fund at the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and Dick Allen Lansing to MACkinaw Fund, Nuszkowski said.
The varieties available include upright cargo and recumbent tricycles, an in-line recumbent tandem bike, hand tricycles, two-wheeled tandems, a side-by-side recumbent tandem, and a front-loading trailer.
“It’s been a challenge finding the bikes, finding the equipment and understanding how people will use this,” said John Waterman, who heads PEAC. “I’m very proud of what we’ve pulled together,”
The adaptive program will operate differently than MoGo’s standard two-wheeled bike share. Instead of checking out bikes at the city’s MoGo stations, users will reserve one of the bikes and pick them up at Wheelhouse Detroit on Atwater near the riverfront.
The pilot is set to run through Oct. 31 and may expand based on usage. A single trip pass will provide two hours of ride time for $12, with a cost of $8 for each additional hour. Riders can also purchase a seasonal pass for $30 that covers unlimited two-hour rides on an adaptive MoGo that’s good from May to October.
Additionally, MoGo plans to celebrate its one-year anniversary on May 23 by offering free rides.