Riders taking advantage of new Northampton bike share program

Hampshire County

It’s been about a week since western Massachusetts first bike share program launched in Northampton, and riders are taking advantage of the new option. 

ValleyBike Share has been adding more locations since celebrating it’s launch, with a total of around 50 bike pickup and drop-off spots planned once it’s done.

The program allows riders to sign up for a monthly pass, or just pay for a single ride, and drop the bike off at any of the locations in Northampton, South Hadley, Amherst, Holyoke, and Springfield.

People said they were glad to see the program catching on in the Pioneer Valley. 

“Being able to park somewhere outside of downtown, and take these bikes in and around downtown and then come back to where it’s not crowded,” said Marc Sternick. “There’s not a parking problem, it’s great.”

The ValleyBike Share program received $1.3 million in federal funding to launch as part of a congestion mitigation and air quality initiative. 

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