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Mobility awareness

What are my options, how do I find them and how do they work.

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The first hurdle for me is just awareness. How do I get around sure I know there are buses, scooters or Uber but what else is there. Which one works best for were I want to go? Or what are all of the options above the ones I mentioned. After awareness how do these options work. Do I need to download an app? Are they free or do I need cash or credit card. Are there limitations on where I can take scooter. Call me lazy but I do not want to get on the bus website or a scooter website to answer all of these questions. I have somewhere I want to travel and I would like awareness on my options to get there and what I need to use these solutions. This should be easy by the way otherwise I will just walk or hop in my car.

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All of thoses options help to contribute to solving Detroit's major issue... Moving about. What we have here is talented people and land so creating innovative ways bring the two together will increase the sustainability of any project. I am happy with the city's aggressive move to create more private roads for walkers and bikers but how does that reach the local communities so that residents can fill those jobs that are coming?

More options to travel and more vehicles to getting there can all be accomplished through communication and planning.

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Hi Brian! TransitApp is a good app to start with. It covers the buses, streetcar, MoGo and scooters. If you're looking to learn more about mobility options check out my website I created it for this very reason. You'll still have to visit 5 websites, but you can start at one and get most of the info you desire: maps, fare rates, schedules & buying passes.

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Brian Nash Mikki Hendrix 

Thank you, again for your post! I included Mikki in this post because I think that there is some overlap in the issues that you are bringing up. I definitely think that this is a big issue, and there is a lot of research needed to see what options exist for Detroiters today. This phase of the challenge is to gather as much information as possible about current issues and then take a deep dive in the later stages of the challenge. How do people figure out how to get from point A to point B currently? Is it just by asking friends or family? Or do they have to navigate multiple web pages? Or do they just give up altogether? What forms of transportation currently do a good job of communicating with the public and which ones are the most confusing? Thank you for your input! 

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I think people just don't have a lot of the early exposure to mobility in the area. People here think car first, second and third. As far as learning a mode of transit like the bus and scooters or even the Mogo, is "too much" for many people but realistically that's what it takes. I learned how to ride the bus as a kid. So it's second nature even in a new city. Mogo was exciting and the scooters for many are exciting so they take the time to figure it out. People spent years or at least months learning to drive and getting the right credentials to do so but aren't willing to put a fraction of that energy into learning other types of mobility.

Do you have to navigate multiple web pages? to learn yes, to use after you've learn how to? no.
I think taking this a step further is what does it take for someone to even engage with other mobility options?