Active Commuting – VT takes a day to focus on the benefits

On Wednesday, September 21, RIDE Solutions participated in Virginia Tech’s Active Commute Celebration. The event included 13 groups and organizations on campus and in the larger community that are promoting sustainable ways to actively commute – i.e., bike, bus and walk – and offering ways to change your perspective on when and where you can leave your car behind.

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Becoming Clean Commuter of the Year

What did it take to win Clean Commuter of the Year in 2015? 93 trips. A little motivation. Planning. Encouragement from friends and coworkers. An employer actively supporting smart commuting.

2015’s winner – Emma Jones – is a regular clean commuter. She takes advantage of her employer’s support for telecommuting and connects her cycling with the bus on days she’s heading to the office. But she doesn’t stop with the daily commute; because she lives in town, she can and does use her bike and her feet to get around for errands and social outings.

This post isn’t just a success story about our winner. It’s a post on how you can be a successful clean commuter, too. more

Nominations open for New River Valley Partner’s 2016 Awards

Help our NRV partner – the New River Valley Regional Commission – recognize the people who make an impact in the New River Valley!  We need you to nominate worthy candidates for this year’s awards program.  The Commission is accepting nominations for its regional awards until March 15th.  Award recipients will be honored at the Commission’s Annual Dinner in May 2016.  Please click on the links to nominate candidates for Champion of the Valley (elected official), Citizen of the Valley, and Friend of the Valley (outside the region).

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Last call for the NRV Transit Rider’s Survey!

Before the survey closes on February 5, we want to hear from you about the region’s most-used bus stops. The survey (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MPOTransitStudy) will take about 5 minutes to complete, but the data we collect will inform the region’s transit system stop improvements in the years to come.

When a Bridge Isn’t Just a Bridge

Cyclists and pedestrians no longer have to get creative about a route from Christiansburg to the NRV mall and Blacksburg or simply lament the lack of safe and reasonable routes to get there without a car or wait for the bus. The Huckleberry Trail Knowles Bridge at Peppers Ferry Road has been open since July connecting the older part of the trail to the newer piece that extends to the Christiansburg Recreation Center.

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