The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

ValleyBike Share is coming to Northampton & the Pioneer Valley

ValleyBike Share is coming! The City of Northampton, through the Office of Planning & Sustainability and with active involvement of Mayor Narkewicz, is the lead community and program administrator for a regional collaboration that is bringing ValleyBike Share to Northampton and the Pioneer Valley.

14 bike share stations and 140 electric-pedal-assist bicycles will be in Northampton, with a total of 50 stations and 500 bicycles in the region.

Anyone can join the system and, for a modest fee, take unlimited 45 minute rides between stations, with the ability to take out bikes from any of the 50 stations.

Stations will be located (subject to change as we do the final placement planning) at:
1. Northampton Trail Station (Pleasant Street at New Haven and Northampton Canal Rail Trail crossing)
2. Main Street/Bridge Street (north side under the rail trail and railroad bridges)
3. Historic Court House, Main Street (just east of the PVTA bus shelter)
4. Pulaski Park, Main Street (behind the PVTA bus shelter)
5. John M Greene Hall, Smith College, Elm Street (just west of the PVTA bus shelter)
6. Elm Street near Northampton High School (near the PVTA bus shelter)
7. Locust Street at Cooley Dickinson Hospital (just west of the PVTA bus shelter)
8. MassCentral Rail Trail at Keyes Street, Florence
9. Meadow Street at Lilly Libary, Florence
10. Jackson Street (east side near Hampshire Heights)
11. Village Hill (west side Village Hill Drive)
12. Forbes Library off West Street (near Children's Library entrance)
13. YMCA, Massasoit Street
14. State Street by MassCentral Rail Trail (near Stop & Shop)

Bike share is part of the city's overall effort to:
1. Increase transportation choices, especially for those who don't have or don't want access to cars
2. Decrease our carbon footprint and the adverse air, water, and health impacts from vehicles.
3. Improve public health by promoting active living
4. Reduce congestion
5. Reduce the need for new parking, which is expensive and diverts land from other uses.

Thank you to our sponsors to date, NETA, Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Florence Bank, and Smith College. We are looking for more sponsors, so if your business would like to sponsor we would love to hear from you and help give you exposure in the community.

Questions: Wayne Feiden

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