|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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
2016 Trek Schedule*
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.
January 17 | Hike at 1:00pm | Bagg-Pierce Wildlife Sanctuary
February 21 | Snow Shoe Trek at 1:00pm | Ledges Golf Course
(or walk to Newton-Jones-Carver Conservation areas if no snow)
March 20 | Hike at 1:00pm | Lithia Springs
April 17 | Hike at 1:00pm | Bynan Conservation Area
May 15 | All Ages Bicycle Road Ride at 1:00pm | McCray's Farm (parking lot)
September 18 | Interpretive Hike at 1:00pm | Black Stevens Conservation Area
October 23 (date change) | Hike at 1:00pm | Mount Holyoke College-Upper Lake Trails
November 20 | Hike at 1:00pm | Canal Park Trail
December 4 | Hike at 1:00pm | Bachelor Brook-Stony Brook Conservation Area
Guided Trek to Bachelor Brook Conservation Area, Sunday, DECEMBER 4, 2016 at 1:00pm
Looking for a fun and engaging way to start burning off those holiday calories, and keep the town’s holiday stroll tradition going this coming weekend?
On Sunday, December 4, 2016, the South Hadley Bike-Walk Committee invites the public on a guided trek exploring the diverse landscape and habitat of the Bachelor Brook Conservation Area. The trail system encompasses upland forest, open grassland, floodplain forest, and pristine sections of Bachelor Brook as it meanders to the Connecticut River. The approximately 90-minute, 2-mile trek to the river and back is on field or leaf-and-twig-lined dirt paths, which can be wet and muddy.
Meet at 12:45 pm in the parking lot of the Town Farm Fields/Community Garden area (due to parking limitations off Ferry Street, this trek will begin instead off Rt. 47/Hadley Street). Be advised that the new River-to-Range Trail area can only be accessed half-way via this trek route, which includes two short, but moderately steep ascents and descents in the woods. Walking poles are optional, but recommended for inclines, along with snowshoes or crampons for snowy/icy conditions. Wear weather-appropriate clothing and safe/waterproof footwear, and bring water. Post-trek, please stay to enjoy BWC-provided light refreshments and socializing!
In the event of non-enjoyable or hazardous inclement weather/conditions the December trek will be canceled.