Bike-Walk Committee

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Mariann Millard Chair Term Expires: 2019
Melissa O'Brien Vice Chair Term Expires: 2019
Nancy Bozek Member Term Expires: 2019
Larry Dubois Member Term Expires: 2019
Lucia Foley Member Term Expires: 2019
Marilyn Gass Member Term Expires: 2019
Margaret Jodoin Member Term Expires: 2019
Huguette Supinski Member Term Expires: 2019



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. For information, please email: bikewalksouthhadley@gmail.com. 


Guided Treks (September to May)

   
  

UPCOMING TREKS:


MAY 2019 | Guided 'Community Connections' Walk-or-Bike Trek 
Sunday, May 19, 2019, 1:00 to 3:00pm (meet at 12:45pm)
Ashley Reservoir, Holyoke, MA
Come and explore the outdoors in a neighboring community!
Walkers and bikers welcome (bring your own bike/helmet or try a VBS bike)
Valley Bike Share (VBS) will be on hand to demonstrate their electric-assist bikes
SAVE THE DATE--MORE DETAILS TO COME


APRIL 2019 | Guided Trek

Sunday, April 14, 2019, 1:00-3:00pm (meet at 12:45pm)
Bynan Conservation Area
Post-Trek socializing at the nearby Drunken Rabbit Brewery
Meet at 12:45pm: Dirt/gravel lot at 654 New Ludlow Road, adjacent to Fairway Distribution 

The South Hadley Bike-Walk Committee (BWC) invites the public on a guided trek to Bynan Conservation Area on Sunday, April 14th at 1:00 pm. Come explore the various trails, ponds and vistas of this town-owned land that’s always in need of folks’ passive recreation support to keep it pristine and healthy!  

The approximately 60-90 minute trek is roughly 1.5-2.0 miles in length. Be prepared for wet ground and light forest debris conditions. The chosen trail route loop is relatively flat with only a few minor ascents and descents. It’s the personal choice of all participants to bring any beneficial walking poles. Wear weather-appropriate clothing and waterproof footwear, and bring water and optional snacks.

Meet at 12:45 pm at the dirt/gravel parking lot (large, pull-off access area on New Ludlow Rd) adjacent to Fairway Wholesale Distribution, 654 New Ludlow Road, South Hadley. Participants may also park in Fairway’s parking lot. To reach the parking area, take Route 33 south toward Chicopee; just south of Route 202, turn left onto Old Lyman Road (which runs behind Big Y), and at the end turn left onto New Ludlow Road. Fairway’s will be on the left with the access parking lot immediately after Fairway’s (the access parking lot entrance is also off New Ludlow Road). Wear weather-appropriate clothing and waterproof footwear, and bring water and optional snacks. 

Post-Trek, please join BWC members and Trekkers at the Drunken Rabbit Brewery (749A New Ludlow Rd) just down the street for some fun socializing.  
Non-enjoyable or hazardous inclement weather/conditions will force a cancellation; if that should appear necessary, please check the Town’s website (www.southhadley.org) for a Community News notification.

No Treks are scheduled in June, July, and August; Treks resume in September. 


Trek maps to download:

 

  • Sidewalk Scenic Trail Trek Map | Senior Center-Black Stevens Loop (2-Pg PDF)
  • Walking the Falls | South Hadley Falls walks and historical info (4-Pg PDF)
  • Mount Holyoke College Trail System Map (3-Pg PDF
  • Mount Holyoke College Campus Map (map.mtholyoke.edu)
  • Ledges Golf Course Paths Map (1-Pg PDF)
  • River-to-Range Loop and Bachelor-Stoney Brook Conserv. Area Maps (1-Pg PDF)
  • Bagg-Pierce Wildlife Sanctuary Trail and Ortho Map (2-Pg PDF)
  • Black Stevens Conservation Area Trail Map-2018 (1-Pg PDF
  • Bynan Conservation Area Trail Map (1-Pg PDF)
All Conservation Commission Trail Maps are available at: www.southhadley.org/957/Trail-Maps

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


News and Notes  


South Hadley Master Plan and Open Space/Recreation Plan Updates
The Town of South Hadley is updating its Master Plan and its Open Space and Recreation Plan (OSRP). The plans will establish a vision for the future of South Hadley and cover a wide range of topics including housing, transportation, economic development, land use and zoning, open space, natural resources, and municipal services. Input from community members will help shape the development of both plans.

COMMUNITY FORUMS
Many residents have participated in first two community forums and recap sessions to share their thoughts and ideas about our town though fun activities and mapping exercises. It's a great way to meet neighbors and learn about our town, and everyone is invited!
 
Please mark your calendars for the two upcoming spring forums and plan to attend from 6-8pm on April 24 at the South Hadley Public Library (Topic: People, Prosperity, Housing, and Connections) and May 29 (topic and location to be announced). Those unable to attend the main forums on last Wednesdays can still get involved by attending a recap session conducted by the Master Plan Implementation Committee (MPIC). 

UPCOMING DATES:

Forum 2--Recap Sessions (choose from 4 dates / locations)
    Neighborhoods for all Ages
    Take the survey before the meeting! southhadleyplans.com/surveys
    April 9, 2019 | Tue, 2pm | Lathrop Village-Community Rm, 69 Lathrop St
    April 13, 2019 | Sat, 10:30am | S. Hadley Public Lib. Trustees Rm, 2 Canal St
    April 16, 2019 | Tue, 11am | S. Hadley Senior Center, 45 Dayton St
    April 18, 2019 | Thu, 6:30pm | Loomis Village, 246 North Main St

Forum 3--April 24, 2019 | Wed, 6-8pm
S. Hadley Public Library, Community Room
    People, Prosperity, Housing, and Connections
    Take the survey before the meeting! southhadleyplans.com/surveys
   (PLEASE NOTE LOCATION--This event is at the Library rather than Town Hall)

Forum 4--May 29, 2019 | Wed, 6-8pm | (topic and location TBA)

Details about the project can found at the project website, and additional information will be posted as it becomes available during the plan updating process: southhadleyplans.com

The Livable Communities Survey will be available online until May in conjunction with the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission’s Age-Friendly Community initiative. Please consider taking the survey, available in English or Spanish, to give us your thoughts on living in South Hadley. Data from this survey will also help to inform the plan updates. 


Tick Talk with Dr. Paul Killinger at South Hadley Senior Center
  
Join us on Wednesday, April 17th at 5:30pm for a presentation led by Zoology Expert Dr. Paul Killinger from “Tick Report” and the Laboratory of Medical Zoology at UMass Amherst. Dr. Killinger will discuss the prevalence of ticks in Hampshire County, how to identify ticks and he will offer his recommendations for preventing tick bites and keeping yourself safe from Lyme Disease. Refreshments will be served. 

Tick Talk with Dr. Paul Killinger, UMass Medical Zoology Lab
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 5:30pm
South Hadley Council on Aging
45 Dayton Street, South Hadley | 413.538.5042

Warmer temperatures have ushered in Tick season in the Pioneer Valley. if you spend time outdoors or have pets that go outdoors, you need to beware of ticks. Ticks are small bloodsucking parasites and many species transmit diseases to animals and people. Please call to reserve 538-5042.


Know Your Town (KYT): Town Updates  
The public is invited to attend an update on several current projects, including the Leaping Well Nature Trail (Mariann Millard, BWC Chair and Anne Capra, Conservation Administrator/Planner), the new Senior Center (Leslie Hennesy, Senior Center Director), Mosier Elementary School (Superintendent Nick Young), and Canal Park (Mitch Resnick, Canal Park Committee). 

Thursday, April 18, 2019 | 6:30 to 8:30pm
At South Hadley High School Library, 153 Newton Street


Arbor Day Ceremony at Hahn/Warner Arboretum  
The public is warmly invited to attend a ceremony honoring William 'Bill' Bacis, 'South Hadley's Conservation and Open Space Builder and Maintenance-of-Trails Guy.' A special tree will be planted in honor of Bill by the students of Science teacher Maria Drobiak.  

Friday, April 26, 2019 at 9:30am
Located behind the Michael E. Smith Middle School
(In the event of rain, ceremony will take place in the school library)


River to Range Trail 
Last fall, the Town of South Hadley was pleased to celebrate the opening of the River to Range Trail at the Bachelor Brook-Stony Brook Conservation Area. The new one-mile accessible loop trail and associated trailhead parking lot are 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 seasonal 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 for impaired people and features a compacted crushed aggregate surface for easy walking. Four sitting areas with informational signage are spaced throughout the route. 

River to Range Trail 
At Bachelor Brook-Stoney Brook Conservation Area
Adjacent to 240 Ferry Street, South Hadley
(one-mile accessible loop trail and trailhead parking lot)
 
Planning and design of the River to Range Trail was completed 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 Recreational Trails Grant from the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation to the Town of South Hadley, with matching funds provided by the Town of South Hadley and Mount Holyoke College. The new loop represents the first phase of a three-phase scenic trail project, for which grants and other matching funds have already been secured. 
 
For more information, contact Anne Capra, Conservation Administrator/Planner at (413) 538-5017 x208 or acapra@southhadleyma.gov. 


Conservation Lands
Kudos to Conservation Administrator/Planner Anne Capra for all of her hard work to date to finalize maps (see our list of Trek maps above), as well as to roll out the initial Baseline Documentation Report for the Black Stevens Conservation Area with more planned for the rest of our town’s conservation lands.  

For more information, please visit:  
www.southhadley.org/603/Project-Plans


Leaping Well Nature Trail

On January 10, 2018, Town Meeting voted to move forward on the BWC proposal to create a small neighborhood trail system on the former Toth property now owned by the Town. The Leaping Well Trail name is taken from the Leaping Well Brook on the property. On October 22, 2018 the Town announced that work on the trail would be beginning shortly. Contractors will use the Newton Street entrance for staging and initial access purposes only. Once the project is complete, the public entrance will be on Mosier Street. 

Questions? Email Town Administrator Michael Sullivan at: msullivan@southhadleyma.gov.

Video: WWLP-22News: New pedestrian trail coming to South Hadley 10/23/18
Leaping Well Nature Trail Construction Announcement  10/22/18
BWC Executive Summary-Toth Property Trail Concept 11/21/17 (8-pg PDF)


South Hadley Social Strollers Group Resumes April 30

The Social Strollers walking group will reconvene after a winter break on Tuesday, April 30, 2019. The group, which was formed in June 2018, offers experienced leaders to guide participants through the neighborhoods surrounding the Senior Center and beyond. Participants in the free program have walked twice a week, with a goal of increasing a walk time a bit during each session. Bike-Walk Committee member Huguette Supinski is the primary volunteer leading this group. For more information, contact Nancy at the South Hadley Senior Center at (413) 538-5042. 


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 Prioritization Plan and Final Project List are available as PDF documents:

South Hadley Complete Streets Prioritization Plan
South Hadley Complete Streets Final 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