Montevallo’s Bike Share Program, ValloCycle, and the City of Montevallo proudly announce a new partnership with the CommuteSmart Program. CommuteSmart provides incentives for people who live or work in Jefferson/Shelby County, and take an alternative commute from home to work. Anyone who bikes, walks, carpools, or works from home is eligible to register and receive the incentives of the CommuteSmart program. Montevallo community members are eligible for a one-year, $25 membership in the ValloCycle program, and are then able to recoup their total costs by enrolling in CommuteSmart’s GetGreen program if they use the bikes to travel to school or work.
“CommuteSmart is very easy,” says Brandy Holt, a ValloCycle member and UM student who has been logging her commutes since January 9th. “So far, I have reduced 64,148 grams in C02 emission simply by walking or biking to work and school.”
Partnering with CommuteSmart benefits the Montevallo community in many different ways. CommuteSmart has commissioned Local Bike Racks Company to make bike racks that will provide vital bicycle parking at local supermarkets, pharmacies, restaurants and art galleries in Montevallo’s Main Street district. Not only will these new bike racks benefit area cyclists, but they will also benefit the local craftsmen who produced the racks. “CommuteSmart is extremely happy to partner with ValloCycle and the City of Montevallo,” says CommuteSmart Outreach Coordinator Jeniese Hosey. “The ValloCycle program is remarkable, and we support how they are changing transportation in their city.”
CommuteSmart, an initiative of the Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham, works with employers and commuters to provide incentives for alternative commutes such as carpooling, vanpooling, biking, walking, teleworking and taking public transit. CommuteSmart offers free consultation to help businesses design and implement transportation solutions tailored to specific needs. The program maintains an online ridematching database, helps form and run vanpools, manages incentive programs and oversees the Emergency Ride Home program. For more information, visit http://www.commutesmart.org/or call 1-87-RIDEMATCH.