|Melissa O'Brien||Vice Chair|
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 currently helping to support the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission's effort to develop a 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.
If you would like to be on the Bike/Walk Committee's email distribution list to stay updated on Bike/Walk events, Treks, and news, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join us for a Trek!
The Bike/Walk Committee offers free, guided Treks throughout the year. Plan 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. Events may be canceled due to weather; please check www.facebook.com/southhadleybikewalk for updates.
2017 TREK SCHEDULE (as of January; Fall events to be announced)
1/15/17 at Ledges Golf Course and Newton-Jones-Carver Conservation Areas
2/19 at Stone Silo Maple Syrup and LeBlank Conservation Area (easy family-friendly trek; details below)
3/19/17 at Mount Holyoke College (explore the hidden gems of MHC)
4/9/17 at Bynan Conservation Area (small lot entrance off Rt 202 and East Street)
5/7/17 at the River Roll and Stroll Street Festival (11am-3pm on the Rt 116 bridge). Come together on the bridge that connects Holyoke and South Hadley for a vehicle-free, care-free Sunday celebration to enjoy music, arts, and activities, and experience the Connecticut River in a whole new way! The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge in the Falls will be closed to traffic for this free, open streets collaboration between the Bike/Walk Committees of the City of Holyoke and the Town of South Hadley and supported by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and MassBike. The event will take place during Baystate Bike Week and event sponsors include E-Ink, Holyoke Medical Center and Republic Services. Save the date and watch for more details to come!
No Treks scheduled in June, July and August. Treks resume in September and continue through December (schedule to come)
NEXT TREK: Maple Syrup Guided Trek, 1:00pm on Sunday, FEBRUARY 19, 2017
Winter in February with cold nights and sunny days means enjoying local maple syrup on our pancakes and French toast all year-round! The South Hadley Bike-Walk Committee invites the public on a very different guided trek for all age groups at Stone Silo Maple Syrup Farm and a brief "look see" at LeBlanc Conservation Area on Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 1:00 pm.
Proprietor Maurice LaFlamme will lead the public on a very short and relatively flat walk to the maple trees at the back of his property and in the conservation area to see how the tree sap is collected to be later transformed into maple syrup. This is a rare chance to also safely view the adjacent, small LeBlanc Conservation Area which is a protected area for wetland and wildlife habitat and refuge. The conservation area does not contain trails and is intentionally left overgrown and unnavigable.
Meet at 12:45 pm on the Stone Silo Maple Syrup property at 355 North Main Street, South Hadley. Due to unsafe parking conditions on North Main Street, park on the nearby, opposite side streets of Valley View Drive and Pheasant Run Road. Wear weather-appropriate clothing and safe, waterproof footwear, and bring water. After the Trek, please join Bike/Walk Committee members and Mr. LaFlamme for light refreshments and socializing!. In the event of non-enjoyable or hazardous inclement weather/conditions the trek will be canceled.