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Bewegen Launches Bike Share Program Across Pioneer Valley, Massachusetts

Bewegen Technologies is proud to announce that the company has launched an innovative new bike share program across the beautiful Pioneer Valley region. Bewegen will be working with The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission to implement a regional bike share system servicing the communities of Northampton, Holyoke, South Hadley, Springfield and Amherst. The system will also provide a local transportation option for UMass Amherst students and staff.

To meet Pioneer Valley’s unique challenges, the system will be designed to promote short bike trips within core communities, where clusters of large employers, colleges, shopping, tourist destinations and residents can readily be connected. The system, entitled ValleyBike, will be a truly pioneering system, including a 100% fleet of Pedelec (electric-assist) bicycles to help riders glide uphill with ease.

The initial 29 bike stations will provide 290 electric-assist bikes for residents and tourists to explore the region, with planned expansion to 500 bikes and 50 stations. System sponsors supporting the bike share system include Holyoke Community College, Springfield Technical Community College, Baystate Health, Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Dowd Agencies, E Ink, Florence Bank, Holyoke Medical Center, Mercy Medical Center & Affiliates, Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, New England Treatment Access (NETA), Smith College, Springfield Armory and MGM Springfield.

Bewegen is proud to be working to increase access to active mobility options, and look forward to future opportunities to grow this regional bike share program. Further information can be found at http://valleybike.org/.

“Bewegen is proud to be a part of the launch of the exciting new ValleyBike system. Since the very beginning, the Bewegen team has been convinced of the strong potential for bike sharing to succeed in Pioneer Valley. Data from our systems launched around the world have shown that our Pedelec bikes offer a transportation alternative that is more attractive to a diverse range of users, contributing to a larger mode shift towards cycling. Our team is committed to this project, which will continue to strengthen healthy living and active mobility throughout the region. Working in partnership with Corps Logistics, local veterans will be hired to operate the bike share system, thereby creating jobs and contributing to the local economy. The Bewegen team is grateful for this opportunity, and we look forward to getting ValleyBike rolling!” Bewegen CEO, Alain Ayotte
“500 pedal-assist bicycles in 50 stations in five communities will help transform transportation options for many of our residents. Northampton is proud to be the lead community and fiscal sponsor for our seven-member ValleyBike consortium. This will help provide that extra mile that PVTA can’t always provide, and that is too far to walk and short to drive. We are proud to serve all residents, including those with the least options.” Northampton Mayor David J. Narkewicz, on behalf of ValleyBike