Montevallo creates bike share program

Jessica Norris, News Writer

    In the past year the city of Montevallo has worked to improve the amenities offered by the city.  Montevallo has created its own bike share program.  The mission is to promote a healthier lifestyle and cleaner environment through utilization of bicycles as an alternative form of transportation.  Vallocycle is located at three different locations: Parnell Memorial Library, Carmichael Library or the Montevallo Police Department.
    Bike shares have been in existence all over the world.  Due to the cost of fuel and trying to promote a better environment, bike shares are becoming popular. The administration of Vallocycle consists of the city and the University of Montevallo.
    “This is an awesome idea because there are not enough parking spaces around the university, so students have the opportunity to rent a bike,” junior Vallocycle member Sarah Fowler said.  “Montevallo is a unique town and riding a bicycle allows you to tour the town and travel trails that you just can’t do in a car.”
    To become a member of Vallocycle, pick up a packet from the Montevallo City Hall or at www., then return the form and payment to the city hall.  Individuals become members of the bike share by paying $25 per year or 25 service hours, 10 of which must be completed prior to bicycle checkout.
    The check-out and check-in process is quick and easy.  Visit Vallocycle to get assigned a bike, and there you will be given a helmet and a key lock.  After returning from renting the bike, drop it off at one of the three locations within seven days.  For more information on becoming a member of the Vallocycle, visit the website or stop by any of the locations.