Detroit bikes to double production having signed city bike share deal in Motor City

Detroit Bikes is set to near double its production capacity on the back of signing a deal to supply bike-share firm Motivate.

Currently hitting capacity at 8,000, the rental bikes will assist owner Zak Pashak’s business in reaching around 15,000 bike a year total, something which he believes may require a second premises.

Ten additional staff have joined as a result of the extra workload.

Motivate is one of the USA’s leading bike rental suppliers and has signed up for 3,000 bikes from Pashak’s firm, which will take in a supply of wheels from another local partner.

“This contract makes a huge statement about what Detroit is capable of,” said Zak Pashak, Founder and President of Detroit Bikes. “It is fitting that American bike-share bikes will be assembled here in America and we’re proud to work with Motivate to make it happen. Detroit Bikes is looking forward to working with even more cities and systems as we hone our capabilities.

Carrying forward the success in bike-share partnerships, Detroit Bikes has also now subsequently partnership with CycleHop to bid on the recently announced City of Detroit bike-share RFP, operated by the City of Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) and the Downtown Detroit Partnership (DDP).

“If we’re going to making thousands of bikes for some of the biggest bike share programs in the country, it only makes sense that the city of Detroit would also look to a local manufacturer when sourcing bikes for their new program,” added Pashak. “We would love to be able to contribute to the city’s program and have partnered with some of the most well respected names in bike-share to put together a rock solid proposal”.

“It’s terrific that Motivate, a growing national business has selected a Detroit company for this manufacturing work,” said Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, “It’s another good sign of the strength of Detroit business. This initiative will create jobs in a Detroit neighborhood and help power an innovative new form of transportation.”