Be on the look out for bike sharing in western Massachusetts! The proposed bike share partnership with local municipalities and universities that is financially sustainable and functions regionally will enhance the valley in the following ways:
promote green transportation and reduce greenhouse gas emissions
promote economic development including jobs and schools
promote healthy, active living and support recreations use of bikes
improve and extend the range of the transit and rail services
build demand for bicycle infrastructure, including bike lanes and bike parking
provide visitors and local residents with an effective means of moving around the region that is equitable and inclusive of elderly, lower income, and other traditionally under-served populations
create more livable communities and reduce the need for new areas to be developed for additional parking in our urban core and commercial areas
With clear financial, environmental, health, and safety benefits, Northampton hopes to pilot a regional bike share program by 2018.
We are currently working with the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, Springfield, Holyoke, Amherst, and the University of Massachusetts to explore a regional bike share that would be less expensive than each community creating their own program. Click here to see the Phase II Feasibility Analysis and take the bike sharing survey.