New MoGo bike will add electric boost when riders pedal

Posted at 11:24 AM, Aug 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-12 11:24:39-04

DETROIT (WXYZ) — Those who use the MoGo bike-share system may notice some newer bikes around the city. Those bikes, MoGo Boost, ware electric, pedal-assisted bikes, and there are now 50 of them in the MoGo leet.

The plan is for the bikes to help people go farther and faster by giving them the electric boost.

“Our mission is to serve a wide range of people and needs through bike share,” said Lisa Nuszkowski, founder and executive director of MoGo. “As the demand for new mobility options has increased, we are excited to offer the MoGo Boost e-bike to our riders to help them get where they need to go more quickly and efficiently – and have more fun while they are doing it.”

The bikes detect the amount of electric boost each rider needs while pedaling and adjusts accordingly to give a smooth and easy ride. They have a maximum speed of 15 mph and allow riders to cover more ground with the same amount of effort.

They are painted jet black and are fully interchangeable with MoGo's current system of 430 bikes and 44 stations. Riders can take one fo the bikes from any station and return it to any station, and they will be charged by the MoGo operations team. Eventually, they hope to add electric charging stations to the system so bikes can charge when not in use.

If you'd like to try one out, you can find stations with MoGo Boost bikes by using the Transit app.