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As gas prices climbed, ValleyBike saw ridership jump

Bicycles available for short-term rentals at a station in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Paul Tuthill
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WAMC
Bicycles available for short-term rentals at a station in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Regional bicycle sharing network is increasing rental locations

Record-breaking gas prices are prompting people to turn from cars to alternate forms of transportation.

ValleyBike, the regional bicycle sharing system in western Massachusetts, saw the number of trips taken on its electric assist bikes almost double in May from April.

After launching four years ago with bicycle rental stations primarily in downtown locations or commercial areas, ValleyBike is now expanding out into residential neighborhoods making it possible for people to use the bikes for household errands.

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Shannon Bliven, ValleyBike’s Director of Community Outreach.

The record-setting tenure of Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno. The 2011 tornado and its recovery that remade the largest city in Western Massachusetts. The fallout from the deadly COVID outbreak at the Holyoke Soldiers Home. Those are just a few of the thousands and thousands of stories WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill has covered for WAMC in his nearly 17 years with the station.