Now is a Great Time to Ride the Breeze to Richmond, D.C. or anyplace in Between

The Virginia Breeze, the inter-city bus service operated by the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT), which has been serving the Interstate 81 and 66 corridors from Blacksburg to Washington, D.C. very successfully since 2017, introduced service to the West Piedmont Planning District in August 2020.  The Breeze […]

Opportunities to Walk in the West Piedmont Region

When most people living in the West Piedmont Region think of local travel for work or to other destinations, they likely think of getting into the car and driving.  And in many cases, driving is the most practical way to reach these destinations.  As I had noted in some of […]

Bicycling in and Around Martinsville for Work and Non-Work Trips

A couple of weeks ago, I published a blog entitled New Year’s Resolution:  “Bicycling is a Great Way to Get in Shape, Save Money, Help the Environment, and Get Rewarded for it!” In the blog, (see https://ridesolutions.org/2020/12/30/new-years-resolution-bicycling-is-a-great-way-to-get-in-shape-save-money-help-the-environment-and-get-rewarded-for-it/) I referenced numerous articles lauding the many health benefits of bicycling.  In addition […]

Employment Spotlight: Martinsville and Henry County

The U.S. Census Bureau has released 2017 data on its OnTheMap website, which is a very intuitive source for recent employment and commuting data.  This data is available for most areas of the U.S., and the West Piedmont Planning District is no exception.  Using this tool, we will look briefly […]

New Segment of Dick & Willie Trail Complete; More on the Horizon

In November, the City of Martinsville and Henry County reached a milestone in the continued development of the Dick & Willie Passage Trail – the completion of a new segment of this trail from a new trailhead at Spruce Street to the Smith River Sports Complex.  This new segment is […]

RIDE Solutions Kicks off Drive Small Campaign

RIDE Solutions has kicked off its Drive Small campaign this holiday season.  The Drive Small campaign is an effort to encourage holiday shoppers, commuters, and those traveling for any other purpose – such as meeting friends or family for dinner – to try alternative means of traveling, rather than driving […]