After a decade plus cycling hiatus I’ve taken to riding a bike multiple times a week thanks to the MoGoDetroit.
There’s no such thing as convenient parking in the city these days and now that I’m downtown (and without the federal parking lot), I have to get creative. I decided to check out the MoGo bike share and I LOVE it!
The first day I was nervous I wouldn’t even remember how to ride a bike. Fortunately, frustration due to a couple hiccups with the system tempered my nerves and when I finally unlocked the bike it was smooth sailing. Turns out the whole ‘it’s just like riding a bike’ phase is not hyperbole.
I now depend on my Transit app to unlock my bike and seriously wonder why everyone isn’t obsessed with a bike share system. I could gush for hours about how great it is (and how I wish there was a child seat on a few bikes so I could use it with Lucas) but instead I’ll list a few reasons why I’m a fan.
Why I love MoGo Detroit
- It is SO cost effective! To ride for a day it’s $8, to ride for a month it’s $18 and an annual pass is $80. It is priced so that people can realistically afford to use the service! As someone on a budget I am so appreciative of this.
- It’s convenient. There are 43 stations across the city that have a dozen bikes to borrow (and they are really good about making sure there are always bikes at all stations).
- It’s practical. There is carrying space for my work bag to be strapped in. I could go for a cup holder too but I won’t be picky.
- It’s stress free. I’m always worried about my car – where will I park, how much will it cost me, will it be vandalized, stolen, or victimized by parking enforcement. I NEVER have to worry about the MoGo. I bike to where I need to go, lock it in and head on my merry way.
- They provide customer service. When you call MoGo someone answers the phone! A real live human. The ability to problem solve can be hit or miss but I really appreciate the fact that when I call I can always talk to someone.
- Bike lanes. Detroit has transportation challenges but I think we’re ahead of the curve when it comes to accommodating bikers. I NEVER thought I’d feel safe biking in the street but the designated lane on Cass – green sidewalk paint and white above ground street barriers – give me confidence to ride in the street when I need to.
If you haven’t tried the MoGo you absolutely should. It is undoubtedly the fastest, cheapest and most reliable way to get around the Renaissance Zone.