MoGo To Bring New Electric Charging Bikeshare Stations to Michigan Central
November 16, 2022
DETROIT, Mich., November 16, 2022 – This week, MoGo, Metro Detroit’s non-profit bikeshare organization, is adding two new e-stations to the Corktown neighborhood and one new e-station to the
Milwaukee Junction/North End communities.
The expansion to the new Michigan Central site is being made possible by Ford and New InvestmentProperties. The two new stations will be the first charging stations for MoGo’s e-bikes, helping advance Michigan Central’s vision for a vibrant, connected community with a range of mobility options. The stations will be located at Michigan Central’s Bagley Mobility Hub and Book Depository buildings, helping give riders access to the Southwest Greenway and the entire Corktown and Southwest Detroit neighborhoods. Both MoGo stations are available for riders to use now; riders can check bikes out using the kiosk at the station or through the Transit app.
“We’re thrilled to have MoGo e-bike stations installed at Michigan Central, and offer the people of Detroit access to this growing part of MoGo’s indispensable mobility network,” said Jela Ellefson, Project Manager at Michigan Central. “Core to Michigan Central’s work is helping strengthen connections among the members of our community. With MoGo’s e-bikes, people can get around town more quickly, and connect more easily with the people, places and things that matter to them most.” In addition to the two new electric stations at Michigan Central, MoGo will be deploying its first solar-powered, environmentally efficient e-bike charging station to the Milwaukee Junction/North End area. Made possible by Michigan Mobility Funding Platform in partnership with the Office of Future Mobility and Electrification (OFME) and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), and with NextEnergy as program managers, MoGo will bring a new e-station and solar charging device to East Grand Blvd and Brush St. The solar charging component, manufactured by Skyhook Solar, will provide an eco-friendly charging solution for MoGo’s e-bikes and will be an example of how micromobility can be a carbon-neutral transportation solution; the station will expand operational capacity as it charges e-bikes, while being entirely solar-powered. MoGo is one of four systems in the United States to incorporate this solar-charging station into their system.
This station is the first of seven new stations that will be deployed in the North End and Milwaukee Junction neighborhoods over the next year as part of a commitment from the Knight Foundation. Station placements have been meticulously selected to connect neighborhood residents and other MoGo riders to SMART, Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT), and QLINE routes. “The two electric charging stations in Corktown and one solar-powered charging station in Milwaukee Junction will bolster our ability to keep MoGo’s Boost e-bikes in the system for longer periods of time,” says Adriel Thornton, MoGo’s Executive Director. “Boost bikes are ridden three times more than our standard Iconic bikes; we’re thankful to the many partners who have made these station installations possible.”
In another mini-expansion, which took place earlier this fall, MoGo added three stations to Belle Isle, located at the Belle Isle Conservancy, the Belle Isle Casino, and the Belle Isle Beach. These installations, which were made possible by the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, had been the most highly requested system expansion since MoGo’s launch in 2017. Adding MoGo to Belle Isle has already provided visitors with an active way to get on, off, and around the island. In addition to the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, MoGo’s partnership with the State of Michigan Department of Natural Resources has been critical to making this possible. MoGo expects to deploy a fourth Belle Isle station – at Gabriel Richard Park – before the end of 2022.
MoGo’s current service area includes the Greater Downtown Detroit area, Northwest Detroit, Ferndale, Berkley, Oak Park, Royal Oak, and Huntington Woods.