|Melissa O'Brien||Vice Chair|
|M.P. (Chevy) Chevrette||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: firstname.lastname@example.org. For more on biking in Massachusetts, visit: MassBike Pioneer Valley and www.massbike.org.
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.
2018 Winter-Spring Trek Schedule(Treks begin at 1:00pm)
Ledges Golf Course (with or without snow)
Sunday, February 25, 2018
Meet at 12:45pm (Guided Trek begins at 1:00pm)
Ledges Parking Lot
18 Mulligan Drive, South Hadley MAWill there be deep snow on the ground on February 25th? What if there isn’t? No worries! The South Hadley Bike-Walk Committee has it all covered with “Plan A” and “Plan B” for a guided trek at the Ledges Golf Course (and the Newton-Jones-Carver Conservation Areas) on Sunday, February 25th at 1pm, with or without snow.
Plan A: If there’s deep snow covering the course, the public is invited to experience the fun and exhilaration of a guided snowshoe trek on the grounds of our very own public golf course. This is a terrific opportunity for novices to bring their snowshoes as the terrain is relatively easy. For those more experienced, this is a chance to indulge in a more laid-back trek (or perhaps the first one of this winter season!). The hike will be approximately 1-1.5 miles in length.
Plan B: If there is no snow or not enough snow, the outing will be a guided walking trek on the golf paths of the course to/from the trails of the Newton-Jones-Carver Conservation Areas which are adjacent to the “back” of the Ledges. This is a wonderful opportunity to discover and explore little-known gems of town-owned conservation land. The trails are relatively flat with a few minor-moderate ascents and descents. Total trek time is approximately 90 minutes.
For either “plan”, meet at 12:45pm in the parking lot at The Ledges Golf Course, 18 Mulligan Drive, South Hadley. Wear weather-appropriate clothing and safe footwear, and bring water. Walking poles are highly recommended for Plan A, the snow-shoe trek. Post-trek, please join BWC members in the parking lot for light refreshments and socializing! Be aware that the club facilities are closed for the season, including restrooms. Non-enjoyable or hazardous inclement weather/conditions will force a cancellation.
New! Sidewalk/Scenic Trail Program (rescheduled from 12.10.17)
Senior Center-Black Stevens Conservation Area Loop
Sunday, March 25, 2018Meet at 12:45pm (Guided Trek begins at 1:00pm)
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.
Sidewalk Scenic Trail Trek-Senior Center/Black Stevens Loop (3-Pg PDF)Participants will meet at 12:45 p.m. at the South Hadley Council on Aging/Senior Center parking lot at 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. Please note that this Trek, originally scheduled for 12.10.17 but canceled due to inclement weather, has been rescheduled to March rather than January as originally planned.
Bagg-Pierce Conservation Area
Sunday, April 22, 2018 Meet at 12:45pm (Guided Trek begins at 1:00pm)
McCray's Farm Parking Lot
Details to be Announced
River Roll and Stroll 2018
Sunday, May 6, 2018 11:00am to 3:00pm
On the Route 116 Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge
This unique local event offers an opportunity to get outside and experience the Connecticut River in a whole new way. The Route 116 bridge between South Hadley and Holyoke will once again be closed to vehicle traffic and the street will be open for strolling, biking, and fun. The second annual Holyoke-South Hadley River Roll and Stroll will feature music, activities, art, food, and fun for all ages. Free admission, rain or shine. For event updates, visit: www.facebook.com/riverrollandstroll.
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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:
2018 Holyoke-South Hadley River Roll and Stroll Street Festival
Next Meeting: Monday, February 12, 2018, 6:30-8:00pm
At Elizur's Pub, 874 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and visit Facebook at www.facebook.com/riverrollandstroll.