With a partnership of 6 different groups, the Roam New River Valley bike share has launched and been feted with an inaugural ride from the New River Valley Mall to the Blacksburg Farmers’ Market.
The Ride Smart Challenge wrapped up at the end of May and we recognized the top performing team (by number of trips) and the top performing individual. This year’s winning team comes from Blacksburg – “The Fightin’ TOBers” – who won by 27 trips over their nearest competition.
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.