In 2017, MoGo’s team of 14 neighborhood ambassadors helped spread the word about bike share in Detroit through group rides, community meetings, events, station info sessions, and one-on-one interactions. Scroll down to read all about MoGo's inaugural ambassador cohort!
Amina Daniels is a cycling enthusiast who founded a community fitness studio in the West Village called Live Cycle Delight. She loves the West Village’s walkability and character, but her favorite place in the city is East Jefferson, just south of E. Jefferson Ave near the canals.
For roughly two years, Amina has been leading a weekly bike ride out of Capitol Park in Downtown Detroit. As a MoGo Ambassador, Amina hopes to share the joys of commuting and empowerment through bike share.
Christina Guzman is a lifelong Detroiter who has been doing community outreach and organizing in Southwest Detroit for several years. As a teenager, Christina remembers biking was a way to see and spend time with her friends in the neighborhood. Recently, Christina has noticed a growing bike culture in Detroit and around the country. She believes MoGo will be an accessible, equitable, and affordable way for residents to move around.
Christina loves Southwest Detroit for its diversity. Outside of the neighborhood, Christina loves spending time on the Riverwalk and at Campus Martius Park.
Elizabeth King decided to become a MoGo Ambassador for Rivertown because she wants to dispel the myth that bikes aren’t a realistic transportation option. In addition to being a commuter tool that makes people happier and healthier, Elizabeth believes biking is the best way to see the City of Detroit.
Elizabeth’s favorite memory on a bike is from her trip to Amsterdam where she was amazed to see so many people on bikes wearing all types of clothing. She hopes Detroit can one day reach a similar level of bike-friendly infrastructure and bike-first mentality.
Georgea Cole is your friendly neighborhood ambassador in two Detroit neighborhoods: New Center and Corktown. Her passion for the city spans across several communities. Georgea has lived in Detroit for 20 years and currently lives in LaSalle Gardens. She also serves as a Pastor in Corktown and is part of community organizations in the North End, Virginia Park, and New Center. As a MoGo Ambassador, Georgea says she hopes to be a bridge or connector for people to one of Detroit’s best new features, MoGo!
Georgea’s favorite places in the city are the Motown Museum and New Center Park. She also has a place in her heart for Michigan Central Station. While her favorite bike memory is from bike commuting in Cambridge, UK, Georgea loves going on neighborhood rides through LaSalle Gardens with her family to enjoy the area’s parks, people and historical places.
Hanan Yahya is an avid biker who is looking forward to facilitating conversations and building relationships between MoGo and her community. Hanan lives in the Chadsey Condon neighborhood of Southwest Detroit and thinks the growing entrepreneurial spirit in the area will create booming business strips on main roads such as West Warren, McGraw, and Michigan Avenue.
As a Muslim Yemeni woman riding a bike, Hanan says every bike ride she takes is an interesting sight for her community. Her favorite memory though was when she was 10 and she took her bike out on her block to impress a crush, despite the fact that her handlebars were loose. She lost control of her bike and hit a parked car, but her crush picked her up, carried her to her porch, and waited for her to get better.
Jamii Tata understands the role that bikes play in increasing mobility. Two years ago, Jamii bought several bikes through a grant that the Oakland Avenue Artists Coalition (OAAC) received to allow young people to get to and from work in the neighborhood. Additionally, Jamii has led bike tours as part of Keep Growing Detroit’s Annual Garden tour and also organized an art tour in the North End through the OAAC. His favorite memory on a bike is learning to pop-a-wheelie as a young’n! He says, “it takes a lot of coordination and practice to get to mastery level.”
Some of Jamii’s favorite spots in Detroit include Eastern Market, the Artist Village, the Riverwalk, D-Town Farms, Source Booksellers, and wherever Guerilla Food and the Pink Flamingo are set up. Above all, though, Jamii’s favorite place is the North End. Delores Bennett Park is full of life, the Oakland Avenue Farmers Market offers fresh fruits and veggies for all, and the North End Urban Expressions Art Festival brings together performance, visual and healing artists, and unique conversations.
Jeffrey Nolish is an avid cyclist/runner/walker who has made it his personal and professional mission to improve transit equity for Detroiters. In addition to being a MoGo Ambassador for Midtown, Jeffrey is also a Detroit Revitalization Fellow at the City’s Planning & Development Department, and he serves with the Michigan Air National Guard and U.S. Air Force.
When he isn’t helping Detroiters get where they want to go, you’ll probably find Jeffrey at one of his favorite spots: the Raven Lounge (Michigan’s Oldest Blues Bar), Detroit Institute of Bagels, or Belle Isle.
Kelsey Hubbell is a native Detroiter who has been riding bikes for as long as she can remember. As a kid, Kelsey used to ride on the back of a tandem bike with her dad. Together, they would ride to Heidelberg or Eastern Market, but while her dad pedaled she would kick back and rest her feet on the crossbar.
Kelsey describes Corktown as a neighborhood with a great mix of old and new, and young and old. Though it is changing quickly, Kelsey loves Corktown’s beauty and walkability. She also has a soft spot for Southwest Detroit because it is such a vibrant community. Kelsey says she loves how the neighborhood has stood strong through the highs and lows of Detroit’s history.
As someone who doesn’t own a car, Maria Torres says her bicycle gives her a sense of freedom that you can’t get in a car. Affordability and healthy living are just added perks. Maria works Downtown and lives in Woodbridge, but her favorite place in the city is West Riverfront Park at night where you can take in gorgeous views of Downtown, the Ambassador Bridge and the river.
Maria’s favorite memory on a bike was when she got married in Las Vegas…
“After tying the knot, we jumped on our bikes and rode down Las Vegas Boulevard with our closest friends. The occasion was complete with a ‘Just Married’ sign on the back of my husband’s bike, and a trail of tin cans rattling from mine.”
Melvin “Vinny” Henley
After spending time in Iowa, the United Kingdom, and New Jersey, Melvin has put down roots living, working, and biking in New Center. His passion for arts, culture, community engagement, and cycling advocacy make Melvin a great addition to the MoGo Ambassador team!
Melvin is excited about MoGo being a 24 - 7 - 365 service because he enjoys riding through the city in the heart of night when few cars are on the street. But no matter what time of day it is, Vinny hopes he can get others to experience Detroit’s beauty on two wheels.
Meredith Reynolds joins MoGo from Midtown! As a Detroit resident who travels primarily by bike or by foot, Meredith is committed to advocating for more accessible mobility options. Because of the progressing transportation ecosystem in Detroit, Meredith is happy to live in a walkable community with engaged neighbors and great restaurants.
On a warm, sunny, Summer day, you might find Meredith on a MoGo bike headed to Belle Isle. And while she has several great memories of trips to Belle Isle, Meredith’s favorite memory on a bike is a tie between learning to ride for the first time and biking around her childhood neighborhood with her dad.
Wayne State University - Midtown
Sarosh is a rising sophomore at Wayne State University who is excited to educate the masses about MoGo. After experiencing bike share in Chicago and Seattle, Sarosh wanted to be an ambassador for MoGo because he believes bikes will provide increased mobility and opportunity for Detroiters.
Sarosh thinks the Wayne State/Midtown area has the perfect blend of people with plenty to see and do. His favorite spot in the city, though, is the Skillman branch of the Detroit Public Library.
Eastern Market/Lafayette Park
Terry Campbell is a lifelong Detroit resident who remembers riding her bike from dusk ‘til dawn every day of the summer as a kid on the West side. Now, as a resident of Lafayette Park, Terry hopes MoGo provides added opportunity and convenience for people looking to get around the city.
Terry loves her neighborhood for its great collection of living spaces, beautifully peaceful public parks, and proximity to Downtown Detroit and sporting venues. Her favorite places in the city include Eastern Market, Belle Isle, Campus Martius for Saturday morning yoga, and reading the Sunday paper on the Riverwalk.
Tyra Wright has worked as an Administrative Law Judge in New Center for the last 10 years. As a resident of Jefferson Chalmers, Tyra often bikes the nearly 20-mile round trip commute to work on a nice summer day. She hopes to encourage more people to use bikes for short-trip transportation, not to mention the added health benefits.
Tyra’s favorite memory on a bike was when her big brother taught her how to ride without training wheels. She remembers her mom standing on their porch screaming, “don’t push her that fast!” Tyra says it was the most fun she ever had scraping the skin off her knees and elbows.