By Matt Waskiewicz, Hadley
After years of preparation and planning, ValleyBike Share is coming to our Valley next year. I, for one, am excited.
We are uniquely situated to gain from the benefits of a bike-sharing program, and ValleyBike has the potential to catalyze economic growth in the Pioneer Valley for decades to come.
But in order for it to succeed, we must be leaders in promoting and advocating for ValleyBike. We are fortunate to have a reliable network of rail trails already linking our communities, but we can do more. Our roads are too often clogged with traffic as people travel between our area’s colleges and universities.
A thriving ValleyBike Share could provide efficient and safe alternative public transportation in our region, reducing car use, improving public health, and encouraging sustainable lifestyles. We must take an active role in adapting our area to the reality of bicycle use for commuting and recreation.