It was announced last week that the program’s previous service provider filed for bankruptcy. The City of Northampton on behalf of the eight western Massachusetts bike share communities had tried negotiating a deal that would allow the rental program to continue this summer but was unsuccessful.
22News spoke to a resident of Easthampton which has five ValleyBike stations about how this could impact the cities and towns involved in the bike-rental program.
“I’m concerned with that, I hope that it is available. If it’s an accessible resource for people to ride a bicycle that they don’t own to get from A to B that seems like a really positive thing that I’d love to be able to use.” Derek Roguski of Easthampton
The City of Northampton along with the other participating municipalities intends to search for a new operator who can manage the system effectively.