Electric-assist ValleyBikes return to the Pioneer Valley

Hampshire County

ValleyBikes are back for another season.

They’re electric bikes, that allow you to ride up and down the Pioneer Valley. This is the second year of ValleyBikes. 

The bike share program launched last summer. You can find these bikes at any of the more than 30 stations including Amherst, Northampton, and Springfield. 

They are a way to help promote green transportation and reduce greenhouse gas emissions —
and lets you see all the sights the Pioneer Valley has to offer.

“It’s fun. They are cutaways so you don’t have to step over a bar. There is an electric assist,” Wayne Feiden, director of Northampton Planning and Sustainability described. “I helped a woman who was 71-years-old get on a bike, she hadn’t been on a bike in 20 years but she had no problem balancing on it. It mostly makes the hills disappear.” 

In the first season of the program, the bikes converted more than 84,000 miles. That exceeded everyone’s expectations.

New stations are being added this year, including five added in Springfield, four in Easthampton and one in South Hadley and Northampton.

The hope is for those to be available in the summer.

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