By Scott Merzbach
Saturday, August 6, 2016
NORTHAMPTON — A long-planned regional bicycle sharing program that could launch next summer in both Northampton and Amherst secured more than $1 million in federal funding this week.
The Metropolitan Planning Organization, which approves federal transportation money for projects in Hampshire and Hampden counties, on Monday agreed to a Transportation Improvement Plan that includes $1.17 million for the capital costs of ValleyBike Share.
ValleyBike will allow people the opportunity to pay small fees to access bicycles for commuting and recreation. The collaborative includes Northampton, Amherst, the University of Massachusetts, Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, Springfield and Holyoke.