By Mary Serreze
NORTHAMPTON -- A medical marijuana dispensary, a hospital, a bank, and a college will co-sponsor bicycle-sharing stations in Northampton, Mayor David Narkewicz has announced.
ValleyBike Share, set to launch July 1, will let people rent and ride bicycles for recreation and commuting. So far, stations are planned in Northampton, Amherst, Holyoke, South Hadley, and Springfield.
The sponsorships will support operating costs not covered by user fees or grants, said Narkewicz. The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission will oversee the program, and Northampton will coordinate the grants and contracts.