ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) A group in Roanoke wants to change the way you think about your commute. RIDE Solutions is recognizing National Bike to Work Week, and sharing how people can participate.
"It's better for the environment, I don't have a super long commute. It's a way to clear your head," said Travis Hipes of Downshift LLC. Hipes rides to work daily; however, most people in the Valley drive.
RIDE Solutions' is promoting National Bike to Work Week. Even though they are encouraging people to exchange a trip to work or the store for a bike ride; the bike share program is doing well. They've delivered more than 12,000 trips and they have more than 4,000 members in the network. "When we launched the program, our goal was to deliver a thousand trips in a year," said Jeremy Holmes. "The fact we hit twelve thousand in two years means we have surpassed anything that we could've imagined, defining success for the program."
With 17 stations and 85 bikes the program is gearing up for another expansion in June. "We've identified two locations in downtown Salem near the Roanoke River Greenway. It will connect to the broader network," said Holmes.
People in the biking community are optimistic. "I think it's only going to grow. We are seeing more and more people interested in cycling," said Hipes.