When I first came to Detroit, I was told by my boss that I would be given several different projects to work on. “Ugh, what does this entail”, I thought. Deadlines? Strict directions? But she surprised me. The projects that me and my partner Sam would work on were entirely independent and up to us to construct. No strict directions. No strict deadlines. The only motivation was to increase the availability of MoGo, to provide our public bikeshare system to those who would not have been considered otherwise.
Sam and I took it into our hands to devise multiple ways for us to help the company and improve access to MoGo for all. Creating awareness and opportunities to participate in the Adaptive MoGo Program has recently become one of many projects. From reaching out to senior centers and organizations that assist the disabled all around Detroit to delivering presentations to administrators for these organizations, it has been of utmost importance to provide these demographics the opportunity to experience the thrill of cycling, the empowerment to get where they need to go on a bike. It is a project motivated by a desire to provide for others, a passion to work diligently and develop innovative ways to increase the accessibility of biking and enjoyable public transportation to groups that are rarely considered.
An additional project we have been working on is a collaboration with Detroit Experience Factory, an organization that connects locals and tourists to Detroit by providing interactive experiences and tours of the city. By showcasing the wonders and revitalization of Detroit through its tours, Detroit Experience Factory is dedicated to shaping the perception of the city to one of fascination and awe. But to further their mission, Sam and I hope to implement bike tours of the city within their organization in order to promote the accessibility of public transportation and its ability to allow visitors to experience this reviving city in a unique manner. Through this project, we hope to assist DXF by promoting a newfound view of Detroit. Detroit is not a city to fear. Rather, it is a city to experience for oneself and appreciate, whether while walking or on bike.
After experiencing this program, a project is no longer fueled by a pressure to merely meet a deadline, or a need to achieve recognition and a sense of achievement. Rather, it is an opportunity to create and innovate, to help and provide for others, and to ultimately improve something that matters to me.