How RIDE Solutions Can Help You Save $$ During High Gas Prices and High Inflation

As one of RIDE Solutions’ Regional Coordinators in southern and southwest Virginia, I often write blogs about interesting or relevant trends in transportation, demographics, and the like.  Given the record-high fuel prices and inflation our nation is currently experiencing, I intend for this blog to focus on how RIDE Solutions […]

RIDE Solutions Can Help You Save Money on Gas

If you drive, you are undoubtedly aware of changes in gas prices.  In fact, AAA shows that, as of March 14th, the average price for regular unleaded gasoline in Virginia was $4.230, while it was $4.325 at the national level.  The RIDE Solutions app is a great way to save […]

Housing Development Takes Off In and Near Uptown Martinsville

The City of Danville has been wildly successful in its efforts to revitalize its downtown and Tobacco Warehouse District under the umbrella of the River District, which includes a plethora of new apartment and condo developments resulting from the redevelopment of former tobacco warehouses, predominantly located along Craghead Street.  Throughout […]

Technology Reveals Where People Walk and Bike in the Region

When we’re out and about, we typically see other people biking and walking in their neighborhoods, towns, and cities.  As a planner, one of the things that fascinates me is where people walk and bike, as this factor is often an important prerequisite for identifying where infrastructure such as bike […]

Pittsylvania County Commuting Patterns

Periodically, the U.S. Census Bureau releases commutation data which shows commuting patterns among localities throughout the United States. Recently, I wrote blogs highlighting commuting patterns throughout the entire West Piedmont Planning District and many of its constituent localities (see https://ridesolutions.org/west-piedmont/ and scroll to the bottom of the page).  This week, I focus […]

Danville MPO Seeks Public Input for Piney Forest Road Corridor Study

The Danville Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) will hold a virtual town hall meeting to obtain input from the public regarding the Piney Forest Road corridor in the City of Danville.  The purpose of the study is to identify strategies and improvements to address existing and future traffic congestion, safety, as […]

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 […]