ValleyBike Share Phase II - Advanced Feasibility Analysis (Con't)

Continuing, Comprehensive, and Cooperative Planning Process

Average Annual Daily Traffic

American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials

Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

Americans with Disabilities Act (1990)

Average Daily Traffic

American Farmland Trust

Alternative Fuel Vehicles

American Heritage Rivers Initiative

American International College

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Approval Not Required

American Planning Association

Aquifer Protection District

Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (of 2009)

Automatic Traffic Recorder

Average Vehicle Ridership

Barnes Aquifer Protection Advisory Committee

Business Improvement District

Bicycle Level of Service

Best Management Practice

Bridge Management System

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Board of Health

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Bureau of Transportation Statistics

Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990

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Community Action Statement

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Cape Cod Commission

Cooperating Colleges of Greater Springfield

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Community Development Action Grant

Community Development Block Grant

Centers for Disease Control

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Community Development Fund

Community Development Plan

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Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation

Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy

Community Enterprise Economic Development

Citizen Housing and Planning Association

Community Housing Development Organizations

Capital Improvement Inventory System

Capital Improvements Plan (or Program)

Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program

Congestion Management Process

Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission

Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Area

Compressed Natural Gas

Carbon Monoxide

Council of Governments

Commonwealth Procurement Access and Solicitation System

Community Preservation Act

Citizen Planner Training Collaborative

Capitol Region Council of Governments

Community Service Block Grant

Combined Sewer Overflow

Department of Conservation and Recreation

Department of Environmental Protection

Division of Employment and Training

Department of Housing and Community Development

Direct Local Technical Assistance

Department of Energy Resources

Department of Revenue

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Department of Public Works

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Executive Order

Production of affordable housing across a broad range of incomes 

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Holyoke Community College

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ValleyBike Share Phase II - Advanced Feasibility Analysis - DLTA 2016

Cities of Holyoke, Northampton, Springfield and Amherst
Colleges: Springfield Technical Community College, Mt. Holyoke College, UMASS, Hampshire College, Smith College, Amherst College

The communities of Northampton, Amherst, Holyoke and Springfield, along with the University of Massachusetts have crafted an MOU to collaborate and advance efforts to bring bike share to the region. More specifically, the agreement established the commitment of the partnership municipalities and institution to move forward with a pilot scale bike share program, tentatively called 'ValleyBike'.  The steering committee has been formed and meets monthly to work on details for this project.

A lot has been accomplished since we first kicked off this bike share partnership arrangement in an advisory role in 2014.  To-date, we have completed a detailed feasibility study for bike share and finished an advanced feasibility analysis which included recommendations for an equipment model, business and operation models, and detailed station location plans.  Moreover, a federal grant has been submitted and project proponents are currently seeking corporate sponsors to purchase the needed equipment for implementation.  There are still many steps ahead before a program can be launched, including securing the corporate sponsorship and advertising commitments;  identify and secure funding options; developing organizational structure for bike share management; finalize station locations; identify necessary agreements and permits; develop an RFP for selection of a vendor to operate the program based upon preferred bike share system; and develop pre-launch outreach strategy.

What is Bike Sharing?
Bike sharing is an alternative mode of urban transportation that stands readily available at central locations and can be used for a fee, free from the worries of ownership of the bicycles. Bike sharing is ideal for short distance point-to-point trips providing users the ability to pick up a bicycle at any self-serve bike-station and return it to any other bike station located within the system's service area. Successful Bike Share programs have been launched in many cities around the U.S. and the world, notably Hubway in Boston and Citi Bike in New York City. The focus area for this project in particular is primarily in and around the region’s urban transit and commuter rail stations with links to the region's college network. 


Since the beginning of 2014 with the assistance of the Commonwealth's DLTA funds, the PVPC has been working collaboratively with four (4) communities (Holyoke, Springfield, Amherst, and Northampton) and several area colleges (UMASS Amherst, Springfield College, Springfield Technical Community College, Mt. Holyoke College, Hampshire College, Amherst College, and Smith College). The end result was a completed  feasibility study for establishing a pilot-scale Regional Bike Share program. In 2015, the PVPC expanded the project into Phase II and continued to collaborate with stakeholders to work on possible implementation. Moreover, the PVPC on behalf of the municipalities, submitted a grant request to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration for funds through its Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) program to cover the start-up capital costs for the program.  If approved, funding for bike share infrastructure could be available in 2018.  

PVPC Project Staff

  • Christopher L. Curtis, Chief Planner and Project Leader
  • Jaimye Bartak, Senior Planner
  • Joshua A. Garcia, Municipal Services Coordinator


Project Manager

Christopher L. Curtis
Chief Planner/Section Manager


Scope of Services DLTA 2015.pdf

Scope of Services - DLTA 2015
Scope of Services - DLTA 2015
Scope of Services DLTA 2015.pdf


Scope of Services - DLTA 2014
This Scope of Services outlines in detail the work that will be complete by the PVPC to establish a plan for possible implementation.


Potential Station Sites - Alta Planning and Design
Potential Station Sites - Alta Planning and Design


Bike Share in the Pioneer Valley - Feasibility Analysis
Bike Share Feasibility Analysis


Draft: Business Model Assessment and Equipment Alternatives (Alta Planning & Design)
Draft: Business Model Assessment and Equipment Alternatives (Alta Planning & Design)

Agenda 8.20.15.docx

Advisory Committee mtg Agenda - August 20, 2015
Advisory Committee mtg Agenda - August 20, 2015
Agenda 8.20.15.docx

Agenda 7 30 15.pdf

Agenda 7.30.15
Agenda 7.30.15
Agenda 7 30 15.pdf

Agenda 5 27 15.pdf

Advisory Committee mtg Agenda - May 27, 2014
Advisory Committee mtg Agenda - May 27, 2014
Agenda 5 27 15.pdf

Agenda 1-15-15.pdf

Advisory Committee mtg Agenda - January 15, 2015
Advisory Committee mtg Agenda - January 15, 2015
Agenda 1-15-15.pdf

Agenda 12-15-14.docx

Advisory Committee mtg Agenda - December 15, 2014
Advisory Committee mtg Agenda - December 15, 2014
Agenda 12-15-14.docx

Agenda 11-25-14.docx

Advisory Committee mtg Agenda - November 11, 2014
Advisory Committee mtg Agenda - November 25, 2014
Agenda 11-25-14.docx

Agenda 10.28.14.docx

Advisory Committee mtg Agenda - October 28, 2014
Advisory Committee mtg Agenda - October 28, 2014
Agenda 10.28.14.docx

Agenda 9-30-14.docx

Advisory Committee mtg Agenda - September 30, 2014
Advisory Committee mtg Agenda - September 30, 2014
Agenda 9-30-14.docx

Agenda 7-22-14.docx

Advisory Committee mtg Agenda - July 22, 2014
Advisory Committee mtg Agenda - July 22, 2014
Agenda 7-22-14.docx

Agenda 6-24-14.docx

Advisory Committee mtg Agenda - June 24, 2014
Advisory Committee mtg Agenda - June 24, 2014
Agenda 6-24-14.docx

Agenda 5.27.14.docx

Advisory Committee mtg Agenda - May 27, 2014
Advisory Committee mtg Agenda - May 27, 2014
Agenda 5.27.14.docx

Agenda 4.29.2014.docx

Advisory Committee mtg Agenda - April 29, 2014
Advisory Committee mtg Agenda - April 29, 2014
Agenda 4.29.2014.docx

News and Articles

22 Mar

"PVPC is shaping the future of the states hardland region's 43 diverse communities. Commuter trains to Boston, a bike share program and the Connecticut River Clean Project are some top priorities for the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission.

08 Mar


By Scott Merzbach, Staff Writer of Gazette Friday, February 26, 2016  (Published in print: Monday, February 29, 2016)


04 Mar

WAMC Northeast Public Radio By Paul Tuthill Posted on March 3, 2016

04 Mar

Article written by UMASS Amherst Posted on March 1, 2016