Bike-Walk Committee

Bike/Walk South Hadley logo
Mariann Millard Chair
Melissa O'Brien Vice Chair
Nancy Bozek Member
M.P. (Chevy) Chevrette Member
Larry Dubois Member
Lucia Foley Member
Marilyn Gass Member
Margaret Jodoin Member
Huguette Supinski Member

The South Hadley Bike/Walk Committee was first formed as a working group of the Sustainability and Energy Commission. In September 2015, the Committee was formally appointed as an advisory group to the Selectboard. Our goals include the development of bike/walk routes throughout our community and a safe connection between the Center and the Falls. We work with the Selectboard, Conservation Commission and other local groups, and connect with similar groups in our area and across the state. The Committee is working to support implementation of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission's bike/walk master plan for South Hadley. 

The Bike/Walk Committee normally meets at 7:00pm on the third Wednesday of the month at the South Hadley Public Library. The public is invited to attend these meetings. 

To reach the Bike/Walk Committee or to be added to our email distribution list to stay updated on Bike/Walk events, Treks, and news, please email us at: bikewalksouthhadley@gmail.comFor more on biking in Massachusetts, visit: MassBike Pioneer Valley and www.massbike.org.

Join us for a Trek!
The Bike/Walk Committee (BWC) offers free, guided Treks throughout the year (September-May) and the public is invited to join us to explore local conservation lands and other resources. Treks are scheduled on Sundays at 1:00pm and participants gather at 12:45pm. No Treks are scheduled in June, July, and August. New Trekkers are always welcome! Schedule is subject to change and events may be canceled due to weather.

2017 Trek Schedule

 (all events begin at 1:00pm)

New! Sidewalk/Scenic Trail Program  
Senior Center-Black Stevens Conservation Area Loop Guided Trek

Sunday, December 10, 2017     CANCELLED!   
Meet at 12:45pm (Trek begins at 1:00pm) at the Senior Center Parking Lot
45 Dayton Street, South Hadley MA

CANCELLATION NOTICE

:
THE 1PM TREK ON DECEMBER 10 HAS BEEN CANCELED
DUE TO SNOW CONDITIONS!  
The BWC regretfully must cancel the 12/10 1:00pm Trek due to the 12/9 Saturday snowstorm, which has created potentially dangerous conditions for the trek. The BWC will reschedule the trek in January--stay tuned for the rescheduled date!


The South Hadley Bike-Walk Committee invites the public to the debut of its Sidewalk Scenic Trail Program with this Trek starting/ending at the Senior Center and connecting with the Black Stevens Conservation Area. The BWC’s new program combines walkable, sidewalk areas with vistas worth exploring in town. The BWC’s goal is to create additional sidewalk scenic trail routes to promote more mapped, walking opportunities in South Hadley. The roughly 90-minute event encompasses a 2.87-mile trail loop that begins with flat sidewalks from the Senior Center to the Plains Elementary School. Participants will then walk on marked, relatively flat, leaf-lined and dirt paths through wooded, historic Black Stevens to reach the sidewalks on Newton Street to return to the Senior Center.

Participants will meet at 12:45 p.m. at the South Hadley Council on Aging/Senior Center parking lot on 45 Dayton Street. Wear weather-appropriate clothing, safe footwear, and bring water and optional snacks. Post-Trek, please join BWC members in the parking lot for light refreshments and socializing! Non-enjoyable or hazardous inclement weather conditions will force a cancellation; should that occur, the Trek will be rescheduled for January 2018. 

Sidewalk Scenic Trail Trek-Senior Center/Black Stevens Loop (3-Pg PDF)

To receive details about upcoming Treks and the 2018 schedule, please email: bikewalksouthhadley@gmail.com. Please note, this program replaces the Trek to Bachelor Brook originally planned for December 3. 


December 17 Holiday Run/Walk Charity Event at Ledges Golf Course
The BWC would like to make you aware of a fun and important charity event starring the Town's Ledges Golf Course. This is a terrific way to burn off those holiday goodies, support a very worthy community cause and enjoy a Town-owned recreation gem all at the same time!

5K Race and 2 Mile Holiday Fun Run/Walk 
Sunday, December 17, 2018 at Ledges Golf Course, South Hadley
Run 11:00am, Walk 11:05am (Race check-in: 9:30-10:45am)
Entry Fee:  
$20 before 12/15/18; $25 on race day; $15 for children under 14
  
ALL PROCEEDS WILL BE DONATED TO THE SOUTH HADLEY FOOD PANTRY.
Awards will be given to: Overall male and female, age group male and female, top 3 MOST FESTIVE OUTFITS. Please download a flyer for a registration/entry form and more information:

Ledges Holiday Fun Run/Walk Registration Flyer (1-pg PDF)


Toth Property Trail Concept

Many thanks to all the residents and neighbors who participated in the November 19, 2017 special public trek to walk the proposed trail system at the Toth Property. The Trek was led by BWC and biologist Pete Westover of Conservation Works, who has worked with BWC and Town Administration to develop an appropriate trail system concept to propose to the Selectboard. Mr. Westover was invited by the BWC to a June Community Conversation on the Toth property to discuss wildlife and vegetation buffer issues. Of paramount importance for the trail design has been the goal of addressing and resolving all issues that have been raised since an initial May meeting with nearby residents. The approximately 0.6 mile trek took roughly one hour, and was followed by additional time for Questions & Answers in the parking lot immediately after the trek. 

BWC Executive Summary-Toth Property Trail Concept 11/21/17 (8-pg PDF)


South Hadley Complete Streets Prioritization Plan 
Wednesday, October 18th, 6:00–8:00 PM
South Hadley Town Hall Auditorium, 116 Main Street 

The South Hadley Complete Streets initiative, which is supported by the BWC, involves sidewalks, bike lanes, traffic calming, crosswalks, pedestrian signals, bus stop improvements and other related projects. The preliminary list of identified projects in South Hadley (as of October 2017) is available as a PDF:

South Hadley Complete Streets Prioritization Plan DRAFT Project List


2018 Holyoke-South Hadley River Roll and Stroll Street Festival  
Next Planning Meeting: Thursday, December 7, 2017, 6:30–8:00 PM
Elizur's, 876 Hampden Street, Holyoke 

All are welcome to join in planning the 2018 Holyoke-South Hadley River Roll and Stroll Street Festival, scheduled for Sunday, May 6th. Please come to a planning meeting or contact the Steering Committee with questions or for more information about the River Roll & Stroll 2018 event. Email riverrollandstroll@gmail.com and visit Facebook at www.facebook.com/riverrollandstroll.

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Bike-Walk Committee Photo Gallery