Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the ACT (Association for Commuter Transportation) TDM (Transportation Demand Management) Conference in Nashville.
Piedmont Area Regional Transit (PART) serves as the public transportation system for the City of Martinsville and Henry County. PART was established in 2009 as a result of a transit study between the City and County, and is operated by RADAR of Roanoke, a non-profit organization that has specialized in public and private human service activities for decades.
Each locality is home to individuals who travel to work, and each person has his or her own way of commuting to their place of employment. The West Piedmont Planning District (WPPD) is very similar to the State as well as to the U.S. with regard to the modes of transportation residents utilize to get to work, but with some differences.
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 in conjunction with Valley Metro is launching a new Partner Ad program for buses in Roanoke, VA. Over the next few weeks, keep your eyes peeled for some new ads on the buses that will highlight community organizations that deserve more attention.
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!
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