|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: email@example.com. For more on biking in Massachusetts, visit: MassBike Pioneer Valley and www.massbike.org.
The Bike/Walk Committee 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.
2017 Trek Schedule(all events begin at 1:00pm)
Guided Autumn Trek and Picnic to Lithia Springs Reservoir
Sunday, October 22, 2017 (Rain date 10.29.17)Meet at 12:45pm (Trek begins at 1:00pm)500 Amherst Road (Route 116), Granby ('Hiker Parking' dirt lot)
The brown parking lot sign will be marked by balloons. To reach the meeting location from South Hadley, go northward on Route 116 and watch for the sign/balloons on the left after passing Gagne’s Market and Pearl Street (also on the left). The trek will take approximately 40-45 minutes each way. The trails are a mix of dirt-and-leaf paths and gravel roads with several mild-moderate ascents and descents. Trails will contain exposed tree roots and other small tree debris. Participants are invited to bring their own “carry-in/carry-out” picnic items to snack on after reaching the reservoir. The trek is approximately 4 miles in length round-trip. Wear weather-appropriate clothing and safe footwear, and bring water and optional picnic snacks. No trash facilities are available at the reservoir and parking lot—all trash must be carried out and appropriately disposed of off-site. In the event of non-enjoyable or hazardous weather conditions, the Trek will be rescheduled to 10.29.17 at 1pm.
Lithia Springs Reservoir Trek Map (1-pg PDF)
November 19 Trek at Bagg-Pierce Wildlife SanctuaryDecember 3 at Bachelor Brook Conservation Area
South Hadley Complete Streets Prioritization Plan Public Input Session
Wednesday, October 18th, 6:00–8:00 PM
South Hadley Town Hall Auditorium, 116 Main Street
Please mark this upcoming, important public input session on your calendar! This is a terrific opportunity for residents and business owners to learn more about South Hadley’s Complete Streets initiative as it relates to sidewalks, bike lanes, traffic calming, crosswalks, pedestrian signals, bus stop improvements and other related projects. This is a Town-sponsored initiative, which is supported by the BWC. Please come to learn more about the concept of Complete Streets and to give your input on a preliminary list of identified projects in South Hadley.
The following PDF documents may be downloaded for more information:
Public Input Session flyer with additional details
South Hadley Complete Streets Prioritization Plan DRAFT Project List
River Roll and Stroll Street Festival 2018 'Open House' Meeting
Tuesday, November 14th, 6:30–8:00 PM
Holyoke Library, 250 Chestnut Street, Holyoke (Community Room)
Anyone interested in learning more about the steering committee, the event itself, and volunteering to be a working member of the committee is invited to come! The event’s volunteer organizers, comprised of residents of both South Hadley and Holyoke, want to hold the festival again next year on Sunday, May 6, 2018.
This year's first-ever River Roll and Stroll was held on Sunday, May 7 from 11 am to 3 pm on the Rt. 116 Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge over the CT River between Holyoke and South Hadley (some photos can be see below). The event temporarily closed the bridge to vehicular traffic and participants were treated, at no charge, to local music bands, other entertainment, and the ability to walk and bike on a bridge unencumbered by vehicle traffic. The result was a complete success for both municipalities, the public and MassDOT (MA Department of Transportation).
Event co-chairs Mariann Millard of South Hadley and Sean Condon of Holyoke are looking for folks who can be dedicated and committed to meeting once a month on a weekday evening from November through May, with meetings every two weeks closer to the event date. Interested parties need not be residents of Holyoke or South Hadley. Specific logistical tasks to be assigned, according to interest, include working with a to-be-hired event manager on sponsorships, marketing/publicity, bridge activities, community service table participants, trash management, and assisting a to-be-hired volunteer coordinator. Much of the organizational structure and tasks mapped out this year, which will make it easier for steering committee members in 2018 to oversee the work that needs to be done.
“We’ve already received a green light from MassDOT and both municipalities are again eager to help support the festival,” said committee co-chair Mariann Millard. “Unfortunately, we’ve had several steering committee members with other important commitments elsewhere in their lives and at this point we don’t have enough members available to handle all of the logistics and tasks required for another successful event.”
“We’re very much hoping that interested parties will come on November 14th to hear about this terrific event and how important it is to our community overall,” Condon said, “and will volunteer to work with us to make it happen for next year!”
For questions or more information on the River Roll & Stroll 2018 event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and visit Facebook at www.facebook.com/riverrollandstroll.