MassBike's Pioneer Valley Chapter Pushes For Better Bicycle Access To Public Transportation

Through the hard work of the MassBike Pioneer Valley Chapter, 29 new buses owned by the Pioneer Valley Transit Agency will be fitted with bike racks. PVTA buses in the Northern Tier serving the Five College system already had bike racks (year-round, thanks in part to MB/PV's efforts), but the Southern Tier buses had no racks. MassBike/PV has been lobbying PVTA for years to include bike racks year-round on those buses too, including letters to key officials and comments on the Regional Transportation Plan. That advocacy has finally paid off! PVTA has agreed to install bike racks on all buses that serve these three Southern Tier routes as a pilot to begin in March 2010:

R-10 (Westfield State College/West Springfield/Springfield Bus Terminal)
B-23 (Holyoke Veterans Park/HCC/Westfield Center)
R-25 (South Hadley/Granby/Holyoke Veterans Park/Holyoke Mall)

Thanks to all of you who made comments about the need for these racks when the opportunity arose. If you would like to read the original letter right click (or control click on a mac) and select save target as, or save file as, to read. here