|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: email@example.com.
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)
3/26/17 at Bynan Conservation Area (small lot entrance off Rt 202 and East Street)-Rescheduled from 3/19
4/9/17 at Mount Holyoke College (explore the hidden gems of MHC)
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)
APRIL TREK: Explore Mount Holyoke College's Hidden Gems; 1pm, Sunday, April, 2017
How well do you know Mount Holyoke College from walking around its beautiful campus? On Sunday, April 9th at 1:00 pm the South Hadley Bike-Walk Committee invites the public to discover some of its hidden gems—its Prospect Hill trails, a “secret oasis,” and a famous sculptor’s art work, for starters.
The approximately 90-minute trek is about 2 miles in length throughout the campus. The trek will start first with the Prospect Hill trails that are comprised of leaf-lined and dirt paths that include a couple of long, gradual ascents/descents with a 30-35% steepness gradient and a few switchbacks. Be prepared for protruding tree roots and natural debris scattered along the paths. Walking poles are optional, but recommended. The trek will also include a few staircases inside and outside of buildings accessed via paved paths.
Meet on Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 12:45 pm in the parking lot that is situated between Prospect Hall and the Willits-Hallowell Center. Access the parking lot via Park Street/Church Street off Route 116/College Street and then turn right onto Lower Lake Road. Drive past the MHC Greenhouse (on the right) to access the small road and bridge on the left, to access the parking lot. Wear weather-appropriate clothing and safe footwear, and bring water and optional snacks. In the event of non-enjoyable or hazardous inclement weather/conditions the trek will be canceled. After the Trek, please join Bike/Walk Committee members for light refreshments and socializing!
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR THE MAY RIVER ROLL & STROLL FESTIVAL!
COME HELP MAKE OUR OPEN STREETS FESTIVAL A WONDERFUL SUCCESS FOR SUNDAY, MAY 7TH FROM 11 AM TO 3 PM!
Please consider helping out for a couple of hours at this amazing, first-time-ever event—the River Roll & Stroll, a vehicle-free, “Open Streets” Festival, which will be held on the Rt. 116 Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge, a bridge that spans the CT River between South Hadley and Holyoke.
A range of volunteer positions is available—like helping to “set-up/take down”, welcoming the public and answering questions, leading activities such as drawing pictures with chalk on the road, showing how to play hopscotch, holding a jump rope, and keeping an eye on things to ensure everyone has a great time. You’ll have lots of information, support and guidance from Event Management Staff, which includes members of the Bike-Walk Committee, and the Holyoke and South Hadley Police Department will be responsible overall for ensuring safety on the bridge.
If you’re interested in volunteering for at least 2 hours that day, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
In the meantime, please spread the word about this event and bring your friends, families, kids and grandkids.
Come have a blast with us at the Holyoke-South Hadley River Roll and Stroll Street Festival!