|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.
2016 Trek Schedule*
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.
January 17 | Hike at 1:00pm | Bagg-Pierce Wildlife Sanctuary
February 21 | Snow Shoe Trek at 1:00pm | Ledges Golf Course
(or walk to Newton-Jones-Carver Conservation areas if no snow)
March 20 | Hike at 1:00pm | Lithia Springs
April 17 | Hike at 1:00pm | Bynan Conservation Area
May 15 | All Ages Bicycle Road Ride at 1:00pm | McCray's Farm (parking lot)
September 18 | Interpretive Hike at 1:00pm | Black Stevens Conservation Area (DETAILS BELOW)
October 16 | Hike at 1:00pm | Mount Holyoke College-Upper and Lower Lake Trails
November 20 | Hike at 1:00pm | Canal Park Trail
December 4 | Hike at 1:00pm | Bachelor Brook-Stony Brook Conservation Area
Join us on Sunday, September 18 for an Interpretive Trek at Black Stevens Conservation Area! The South Hadley Bike-Walk Committee invites the public on a fun and engaging interpretive trek on the “flora and fauna” of the Black Stevens Conservation Area. Guest speaker and guide Mike Lamontagne will lead the trek along the multi-trail system that crisscrosses the diverse and historic woods between the South Hadley High School and the new Plains Elementary School. Mr. Lamontagne, born and raised in South Hadley, is an accomplished expert on horticulture and natural resources. He is also a former town Tree Warden and Conservation Commissioner, a current member of the Tree Committee and the Forestry Committee, and a MA Angler Education Instructor. Meet at 12:45 pm at the South Hadley High School parking lot on Rt 116. Park in the Student’s Drop-Off area lot on the far right for closer access to the trailhead. The approximately 1.5 hour trek is relatively flat over leaf-lined and dirt paths with only a few small-to-medium ascents and descents.Wear weather-appropriate clothing, safe footwear, bug spray, and bring water and optional snacks. Non-enjoyable or hazardous inclement weather/conditions will force a postponement; should that occur the trek will take place on the following Sunday, 9/25/16, at 1 pm.