RIDE Solutions sponsors the Ride Smart Challenge to encourage everyone to explore their transportation options. One of the side effects of taking the Ride Smart Challenge and trying new ways to get where you’re going is learning more about your community. — What bus route is near me? Can I ride on the greenway to get to work? Are there safe bike routes near my house? Is someone near me looking for a carpool partner?
Recently, I had a chance to respond to a commentary piece published in the Roanoke Times. The essay shared some concerns about our upcoming bikeshare program, and I appreciated the opportunity to address some of those concerns on the pages of the Times. In case you missed it, I am reprinting my response in full, below.
RIDE Solutions, the Roanoke Arts Commission and the Greater Roanoke Transit Company are thrilled to present the 3rd Annual Art by Bus program. Art by Bus promotes the value of public transportation to our community by bringing visual arts, musical performances, and inspired writing onto the valley’s bus network.
Today’s rainy day has reminded me that I’m behind on a post I meant to write a few weeks ago. Back in October, we worked with the CityWorks (X)po to host a field trip on what turned out to be a rainy Saturday morning. The goal: to give attendees a first-hand experience of what it would be like to be car-free in Roanoke.
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.