At the Montgomery County chamber’s monthly “Eggs and Issues”, Thomas DiGiulian with the VDOT Salem District spoke to an early morning group about transportation in the New River Valley. While he spoke on a number of topics, it seems timely to share with you readers the status of some higher profile projects happening in the area as students head back to school and we see the last of summer’s lighter schedule.
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?
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.
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
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).
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.
VDOT announced they will begin displaying real-time travel times on roadside message boards. This will be happening next week on I-81, I-77, and US 220 (Roanoke Times article). This is a common feature in areas with significant congestion and is meant to help travelers plan their route and manage traffic volumes.
Phoenix Packaging joins a growing number of regional employers who recognize the benefits of commuters’ transportation choices. The company has partnered with RIDE Solutions to provide its employees with a transportation choice program to promote practical, cost-saving options for their commutes.
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.