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.
Come and join the Narrows Lions Club for the annual Tour De Wolf Creek bicycle ride on Oct. 1, 2016, starting at noon in Narrows VA . This 53 mile round trip course goes from Narrows to Rocky Gap. VA. and then a 6 mile climb of 1500 ft to the top of East River Mountain for a spectacular view. Then returning the same route as you came up.
Ride as much of the course as you wish.
For complete details and to register, visit http://tourdewolfcreek.org
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.
We’ll be celebrating in Blacksburg on May 20 to thank those who have taken the clean commute pledge. Stop by, say hello, and enjoy a cup of coffee and a pastry.
Clean Commute participants pledge to use a cleaner commute mode – biking, walking, riding the bus, carpooling – during May. Each trip pledged is an entry for the prize drawings. There’s a Commute Team of the Year competition open to any group (workplace, clubs, informal groups), too.
You can still join the Clean Commute Challenge!
Join cyclists worldwide in a silent, slow-paced ride in honor of those who have been hurt or killed while cycling on public roadways. This ride will happen in Radford.
The event is family-friendly and children are encouraged to participate (helmets are required). We will have a police escort along the 7 mile route and will ride at a slow pace. Though solemn, the group ride is enjoyable and inspirational to even the youngest riders.
Co-sponsored by the New River Valley Bicycle Association and Pathways for Radford, the New River Valley ride was first organized in 2008 after the untimely death of Fess Green, RU Professor and veteran cyclist.
Staging will begin in the Sal’s / El Charro (Central Lumber) parking lot at 709 W Main Street, Radford, VA, 24141 at 6:30pm
Schedule of events:
6:30 – staging begins
6:45 – speakers and instructions
6:59 – moment of noise
7:00 – Ride of Silence begins
If you cannot ride, we welcome your support for bike safety. Join us along the route on Main Street (from Sal’s and El Charro to the Dedmon Center). Participants are invited to gather at Sal’s and El Charro following the ride.
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).
I had the honor to be invited to speak at last week’s 8th Annual Ride of Silence in the New River Valley. In addition to being amazed at the awesome turnout for the event, I discovered that Radford has one of the most beautiful bike trails in southwest Virginia.
If you are like me, you may be feeling increasingly detached from real, in-person contact with other people. I keep up with my friends on social media, communicate with my professors largely through email, attend some of my classes online, and (when I’m not on the bus) drive in my car alone. Yes, I see my classmates and coworkers daily, but new conversations with new people seem few and far between. In public places, where it used to be common for random people to strike up conversations, most people are now silently absorbed in their phones or earbuds, hesitant to chat.