Governing magazine has an interesting article on changes to suburban development patters that are causing traditional sprawling suburbs to look more like traditional urban development. A key player in this revitalization is transit.
The three public bus systems in the New River Valley have announced workshop dates where you can participate in improving the region’s transit systems. This is part of the Transit Development Plan that will look at current service and future needs.
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?
Earlier in the week I had my first rainy bike commute experience – entirely on accident (I didn’t believe the weather report, and the rain started when I was well into my commute). As I drew closer to my office, I had to take a picture of this:
At the urging of the region’s leaders and in discussions with the state Department of Rail and Public Transportation, a passenger rail study has been launched to evaluate the feasibility of creating a passenger rail stop in the New River Valley.
The EPA is expected to announce new, long-delayed air quality standards today. About half of what contributes to air pollution in the Roanoke Valley comes from our transportation system; in particular, I-81.
ROANOKE, VA – Following on the success of its first Green Academy in January, the Citizens for Clean and Green Committee will offer the second City of Roanoke Green Academy beginning Thursday, Oct. 6, at Fishburn Park Elementary School. Sessions will be held on consecutive Thursday evenings through Oct. 20, with a light dinner at 5:30 p.m. and presentations from 6 to 8 p.m. A graduation will be held on Thursday, Oct. 27.
The Green Academy is a four-week environmental awareness program for city residents that gives participants a chance to learn from regional experts on important environmental issues of the day. Information will be shared on topics such as energy conservation, weatherization, renewable energy, water conservation, green building and more.
Participation is free, but registration is required by Friday, Sept. 30. An application form is available on the city’s website at www.roanokeva.gov/green. For more information about the program, contact City of Roanoke Director of General Services and Sustainability Ken Cronin at 853-1805.