ADAPTIVE BIKE SHARE PILOT PROGRAM FOR RIDERS OF ALL ABILITIES
MoGo expanded its service today after nearly a full year of operations, launching the city of Detroit’s first-ever adaptive bike share pilot program for riders of all abilities. This launch makes Detroit one of the first major cities in the U.S. to offer an adaptive bike share program.
“MoGo is designed to serve a wide range of people and needs, and the addition of adaptive bikes to our fleet reflects our commitment to inclusivity and accessibility,” said Lisa Nuszkowski, founder and executive director, MoGo. “We’re proud to make MoGo available to people of all abilities, as well as expand mobility options for people in Detroit.”
With support from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Design & Access Fund at the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and the Dick Allen Lansing to MACinaw Fund, MoGo has purchased 13 unique cycles that are included in the adaptive MoGo program:
Adaptive MoGo will operate differently than the standard two-wheeled bike share. Instead of checking out adaptive cycles at a MoGo station, they will be available at Wheelhouse Detroit, which has partnered with MoGo on this pilot program. Wheelhouse will maintain and service all adaptive MoGo cycles.
“We’re proud to be involved in bringing adaptive bike share to Detroiters, and we’re looking forward to accommodating cyclists of all abilities,” said Kelli Kavanaugh, owner, Wheelhouse Detroit.
There are two rental options for Adaptive MoGo:
MoGo also has partnered with Programs to Educate All Cyclists (PEAC), a local nonprofit, whose goal is to empower individuals with disabilities through cycling, active transportation and self-advocacy education. PEAC will assist with training and promotion of Adaptive MoGo.
“PEAC is thrilled to help bring adaptive bike share to Detroit, and we’re looking forward to partnering on this effort to pioneer the country’s most inclusive bike share system ever,” said John Waterman, founder and executive director, PEAC. “This launch is setting a precedent for bike share systems across the country and the need to consider people of all abilities.”
Adaptive MoGo cycles will be available from May 15 to October 31, 2018 at Wheelhouse Detroit’s RiverWalk location. Riders are strongly encouraged to reserve a cycle in advance. To reserve a cycle or learn more about the program, please visit www.mogodetroit.org/adaptive-mogo.