Detroit bike-sharing program MoGo will be holding a meeting Thursday, Feb. 7, at the Kulick Community Center to help determine where in Ferndale its bike stations will be located.

Detroit bike-sharing program MoGo will be holding a meeting Thursday, Feb. 7, at the Kulick Community Center to help determine where in Ferndale its bike stations will be located.

File photo provided by Kevin Vettraino


MoGo meeting to get input on bike-sharing locations

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published February 5, 2019

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FERNDALE — It’s been known for a while that MoGo, Detroit’s bike-sharing program, soon will make its way to Ferndale, but what’s not been known is where the bikes will be located in the city.

MoGo representatives will be gathering feedback on exactly where residents would like the bike stations to be located at a community meeting that will be held starting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, at the Kulick Community Center, 1201 Livernois St.

Adriel Thornton, director of marketing and community outreach at MoGo, said residents can expect to get an overview of what bike-sharing is and to see how it works.

“How, when you see a kiosk or you see a bike out, how do you actually go about getting one for your own use?” he said as an example. 

City Planner Justin Lyons said Ferndale will be receiving seven bike-sharing stations, which will have around 28 bikes altogether. As for where they’ll be located, he said the city is interested to hear what the residents think.

“We really just want to hear from the community in person where the stations could go,” he said. “We, as the city, have some ideas of, geometrically, physically, where they might make sense, but we want to put them places where people have a desire where they’d actually use them.”

Thornton said MoGo wanted to get the community’s input on where the stations will be located, as it didn’t want to go in and dictate the locations to the residents.

“We’d rather get that input from residents,” he said. “That’s not to say every suggestion is going to happen, but we do want to make sure this is an inclusive process … that those community stakeholders actually have an opportunity to contribute to the process.”

After the meeting, MoGo will take the feedback and suggestions submitted by residents to see if the locations could work, Thornton said, as there’s a chance it might not be possible to install a bike station in those places.

“There might not be enough street space, or if you look at it on the sidewalk, there might not be enough sidewalk space,” he said. “The Department of Transportation might say things if it’s a Michigan road. MDOT has input. What happens next is a process begins of actually trying to figure out exactly where things could go. It’s not as simple as picking a spot and putting a station there.”

Thornton does expect there will be more community meetings like this one in the future. For those who can’t make the Feb. 7 meeting, people can go online to suggest where a bike station can be located at www.mogodetroit.org/suggest-a-station.

“There’s going to be a lot of different opportunities that we are seeking to have to get out and reach out to the community,” he said. “This is a concerted effort until we launch, and even afterwards, to reach out and get in touch with the community and get feedback from them. We kind of want to be good community partners.”

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