Bike-Walk Committee

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Mariann Millard Chair Term Expires: 2018
Melissa O'Brien Vice Chair Term Expires: 2018
Nancy Bozek Member Term Expires: 2018
M.P. (Chevy) Chevrette Member Term Expires: 2018
Larry Dubois Member Term Expires: 2018
Lucia Foley Member Term Expires: 2018
Marilyn Gass Member Term Expires: 2018
Margaret Jodoin Member Term Expires: 2018
Huguette Supinski Member Term Expires: 2018

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. Members are appointed annually. 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 from September to 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.

Guided Treks will resume in September, 2018



No Treks are scheduled during the months of June, July and August       
  
A PREVIOUS TREK MAP TO DOWNLOAD/PRINT: 
Sidewalk Scenic Trail Trek-Senior Center/Black Stevens Loop
 
(3-Pg PDF)

To receive notices with details about upcoming Treks, please email
: bikewalksouthhadley@gmail.com

Black Stevens Conservation Area Cleanup Day on June 13


There is LOTS happening lately in South Hadley when it comes to getting outdoors, walking, enjoying the sights and focusing on our wonderful Conservation Lands here in town. The BWC would like to encourage you to participate in these special activities according to your interest and availablility! 

For the June 13 Black Stevens Conservation Clean-up Day, the program with the high-school students runs from 8 am-12 Noon. We are seeking volunteers for that time period, but it's NO problem at all if you can only lend a hand for a couple of hours instead, including helping to supervise the students' efforts. Simply contact Anne Capra (info below) and let her know--we'd love to see you there!

The South Hadley Conservation Commission, in partnership with the South Hadley Bike Walk Committee and the South Hadley High School, is sponsoring a cleanup event at the Black Stevens Conservation Area off Newton Street on Wednesday, June 13 from 8:00am to 12:00pm. The focus of the cleanup will be trash that has collected in the conservation area along the fence line next to the high school on Newton Street. Volunteers are welcome and should arrive at the high school parking lot off Newton Street at 8 a.m. Ninth grade high school students will help with the cleanup in 45-minute block rotations after completion of the Biology MCAS test.

The Black Stevens Conservation Area is 74.8 acres of town-owned conservation land located between Newton Street and Granby Road. Access is available through a trailhead on Newton Street, south of the South Hadley High School, and on Granby Road south of the Plains Elementary School. The property consists of four parcels of land acquired between 1947 and 1981, and has an extensive network of trails used for passive recreation (walking, running, x-country skiing, snowshoeing, etc.). Motorized vehicles and hunting are prohibited.

The Conservation Commission and the Bike Walk Committee are seeking to coordinate a corps of volunteers interested in maintaining trails on town-owned lands throughout South Hadley. If you would like to learn more about becoming a South Hadley Trail Steward, please contact the Conservation Administrator Anne Capra at acapra@southhadleyma.gov.

In December 2017, the Conservation Commission completed an assessment of the current condition of the property and management recommendations. The draft Black Stevens Conservation Area Baseline Documentation Report can be viewed on the Conservation Commission’s page of the town website at www.southhadley.org/299/Conservation-Commission.

Newton Smith Brook flows through the property to Black Stevens Pond next to Newton Street. The pond has been degraded over time due to sediment inflows from stormwater runoff in the Newton Smith Brook watershed, the headwaters of which are along Granby Road and Routes 33 and 202. In addition to this runoff, trash has become an issue, particularly along the property boundaries. The June 13 cleanup will be the implementation of one of the management recommendations in the assessment report.

For more information, contact Conservation Administrator/Planner Anne Capra at (413) 538-5017 x208 or acapra@southhadleyma.gov.

River to Range Trail Opening Ceremony

Please join the Town of South Hadley in celebrating the opening of the River to Range Trail at the Bachelor Brook-Stony Brook Conservation Area off Ferry Street!

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 11:00am
Bachelor Brook-Stony Brook Conservation Area
Next to 240 Ferry Street, South Hadley, MA

The new trail is a 1-mile accessible loop trail and associated trailhead parking lot off Ferry Street, adjacent to the Mount Holyoke College’s boathouse at 240 Ferry Street, South Hadley. The trail loops around the outer edges of a hayfield with views of the Connecticut River, then through a forested section overlooking the floodplain of Bachelor Brook. The trail is open to non-motorized use and designed to accommodate mobility impaired people with four sitting areas along the trail route and a compacted crushed aggregate surface for easy walking.
 
Planning and design of the River to Range Trail was completed between September 2015 and December 2016 under a Scenic Byways Grant from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation to the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission as part of the Connecticut River Scenic Byway Recreational Access Project. Construction of the trail was completed with a $49,854 Recreational Trails Grant from the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation to the Town of South Hadley, $30,000 in matching funds from the Town of South Hadley, and $20,000 in matching funds from Mount Holyoke College.
 
For more information please contact Anne Capra, Conservation Administrator/Planner at (413) 538-5017 x208 or acapra@southhadleyma.gov.

River to Range Trail Opening Ceremony Flyer (1-pg PDF)
 
Walk this way... the South Hadley Social Strollers

A new walking group is starting on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at the South Hadley Council on Aging Senior Center. Participation is free and the only prerequisite to join the new Social Strollers is a good pair of walking shoes and a desire for fresh air and fun! Following the Mayo Clinic’s best practices for walking clubs, experienced leaders will guide participants through the neighborhoods surrounding the Senior Center and beyond! Our very own Bike-Walk Committee member Huguette Supinski is the primary volunteer leading this new group.

The group will start with a 5-minute warm-up, followed by 5 minutes of walking and then a 5-minute cool-down. Each week, 2 minutes of walking will be added to your time, with a goal of walking a full hour by September 2018. Two walking sessions per week are scheduled with the Social Strollers, on Tuesday and Friday mornings from 9:30am to 10:30am. Participants are encouraged to walk additional sessions on their own. There will be T-shirts for all participants and the opportunity to win bi-monthly raffle gifts. 

Please spread the word among neighbors, friends and colleagues! Those interested may register by calling Nancy at the South Hadley Senior Center at 413-538-5042. The Senior Center is located at 45 Dayton Street in South Hadley, and parking is available. 

South Hadley Senior Center-Social Strollers Walking Group (1-pg PDF)

Massachusetts Walking Tour Concert
The Massachusetts Walking Tour returns to South Hadley this year on Monday, June 25, 2018 from 6-8pm with a free performance at the South Hadley Public Library, which is located at 2 Canal Street, South Hadley. Participating local artists will include Ric Allendorf and Dan Daniels. The event is supported, in part, by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, through an LCC grant from South Hadley Cultural Council. 

This year, the Walking Tour will be recognizing the CT River Paddlers Trail which passes by South Hadley.

Paddle/Hike info:
Put In at Holyoke Canoe Club | Take Out at South Hadley Canoe Ramp
Paddle 3 miles. Walk to the Library. 1 mile (MAP).

Since 2010, co-founders Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards have organized an annual non-profit bipedal concert tour of Massachusetts in support of arts and culture for towns throughout the state. Each free community concert collaborates with local artists, musicians, educational programs, trail managers and land trust groups to highlight both artistic diversity and recreational land use. With each visit, a community has pulled together and taken part in a dialogue which serves to strengthen local investment in the arts. Local musicians and artists are invited to take part at each stop of the tour; those interested may contact Mark Mandeville at mark@masswalkingtour.org

In 2018, the Massachusetts Walking Tour will be visiting towns along the CT River Paddlers' Trail. hiking and paddling to 11 community concerts between June 15th and June 27th. For more information, visit www.masswalkingtour.org.

FACEBOOK EVENT: www.facebook.com/events/231030780829522/

Toth Property Trail Concept

On January 10, 2018, Town Meeting voted to move the proposal forward to create a small neighborhood trail system on the former Toth property now owned by the Town. 

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

South Hadley Complete Streets Prioritization Plan 
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

New! Sidewalk/Scenic Trail Program (rescheduled from 12.10.17)  
Senior Center-Black Stevens Conservation Area Loop Guided Trek

Sunday, March 25, 2018       
Meet at 12:45pm (Trek begins at 1:00pm) at the Senior Center Parking Lot
45 Dayton Street, South Hadley MA

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 (this Trek was originally scheduled for 12.10.17, but has been rescheduled to March rather than January in hope of finding both sidewalks and trail portions will be clear for our Trekkers). 
New! Sidewalk/Scenic Trail Program (rescheduled from 12.10.17)  
Senior Center-Black Stevens Conservation Area Loop Guided Trek

Sunday, March 25, 2018       
Meet at 12:45pm (Trek begins at 1:00pm) at the Senior Center Parking Lot
45 Dayton Street, South Hadley MA

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 (this Trek was originally scheduled for 12.10.17, but has been rescheduled to March rather than January in hope of finding both sidewalks and trail portions will be clear for our Trekkers). 
New! Sidewalk/Scenic Trail Program (rescheduled from 12.10.17)  
Senior Center-Black Stevens Conservation Area Loop Guided Trek

Sunday, March 25, 2018       
Meet at 12:45pm (Trek begins at 1:00pm) at the Senior Center Parking Lot
45 Dayton Street, South Hadley MA

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 (this Trek was originally scheduled for 12.10.17, but has been rescheduled to March rather than January in hope of finding both sidewalks and trail portions will be clear for our Trekkers). 
Ledges Golf Course
Sunday, March 25, 2018
Meet at 12:45pm (Trek begins at 1:00pm) at the Ledges Parking Lot
18 Mulligan Drive, South Hadley MA (additional details TBA)

Plan A: With sufficient ground snow, this will be a snowshoe Trek  Plan B: With little or no ground snow, we will walk on golf paths to and from Newton-Jones-Carver Conservation Areas. Additional details to be announced.
Ledges Golf Course
Sunday, March 25, 2018
Meet at 12:45pm (Trek begins at 1:00pm) at the Ledges Parking Lot
18 Mulligan Drive, South Hadley MA (additional details TBA)

Plan A: With sufficient ground snow, this will be a snowshoe Trek  Plan B: With little or no ground snow, we will walk on golf paths to and from Newton-Jones-Carver Conservation Areas. Additional details to be announced.
Ledges Golf Course
Sunday, March 25, 2018
Meet at 12:45pm (Trek begins at 1:00pm) at the Ledges Parking Lot
18 Mulligan Drive, South Hadley MA (additional details TBA)

Plan A: With sufficient ground snow, this will be a snowshoe Trek  Plan B: With little or no ground snow, we will walk on golf paths to and from Newton-Jones-Carver Conservation Areas. Additional details to be announced.
Ledges Golf Course
Sunday, March 25, 2018
Meet at 12:45pm (Trek begins at 1:00pm) at the Ledges Parking Lot
18 Mulligan Drive, South Hadley MA (additional details TBA)

Plan A: With sufficient ground snow, this will be a snowshoe Trek  Plan B: With little or no ground snow, we will walk on golf paths to and from Newton-Jones-Carver Conservation Areas. Additional details to be announced.

Bike-Walk Committee Photo Gallery