ValleyBike Share Brings Community Bike Access to the Pioneer Valley

The sharing economy is taking off—with houses, cars, and now bicycles being offered for limited time rentals. ValleyBike Share began lasat summer, with about 500 electrically-assisted smart bicycles distributed to docking stations in Hampden and Hampshire Counties. Users can buy memberships or rent bikes on an as-needed basis. ValleyBike is closed for winter but plans to re-open this spring. Richard Harris, Director of Planning and Conservation in South Hadley, and Marcos Marrero, Director of Planning and Economic Development in Holyoke, look back at the successful first year of communal bike sharing in the Pioneer Valley.