MoGo Adds Electric Pedal-Assist ‘Boost’ Bikes


MoGo, Detroit’s non-profit bike share system, announced today that it is adding 50 state-of-the-art electric, pedal-assist bikes to its bike share fleet. Called MoGo Boost, the e-bikes will help people in Detroit and the region go farther, faster by providing an electric boost when pedaled. “Our mission is to serve a wide range of people and needs through bike share,” said Lisa Nuszkowski, founder and executive director of MoGo. “As the demand for new mobility options has increased, we are excited to offer the MoGo Boost e-bike to our riders to help them get where they need to go more quickly and efficiently – and have more fun while they are doing it.”


MoGo Boost e-bikes feature intuitive technology that detects the amount of electric boost each rider needs while pedaling and adjusts accordingly to deliver a smooth, easy riding experience. With a maximum speed of 15 mph, MoGo Boost e-bikes allow riders to cover more ground with the same amount of effort. MoGo Boost e-bikes are fully interchangeable with MoGo’s current system of 430 bikes and 44 stations and are painted jet black to make them easy for riders to distinguish. Riders can take a MoGo Boost e-bike from any station and return it to any station within the system. The e-bikes will be charged by the MoGo operations team, and MoGo hopes to add electric charging stations to its system so that bikes will be charged while not in use. As a reminder to riders, all MoGo bikes must be checked out and returned to any one of the stations in the system.


E-bikes offer several benefits: attracting a wider range of riders, such as older adults, compared to traditional bikes and encourage healthy, active lifestyles. E-bikes are also used for longer trips than traditional bike share bikes. According to PeopleforBikes, the average e-bike share ride is three miles compared with traditional bike share, which is 1.9 miles.


MoGo strongly encourages safe cycling and the use of helmets while riding its bikes. All MoGo bikes should be ridden on the street in the same direction as traffic. If you must ride on the sidewalk, always ride at the speed of pedestrians.


Riders can find stations with Boost bikes by using the Transit app, which is free to download on the Apple or Android platforms.

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