|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: email@example.com. For more on biking in Massachusetts, visit: MassBike Pioneer Valley and www.massbike.org.
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.
Guided Treks will resume in September, 2018
No Treks are scheduled during the months of June, July and August
COMING IN SEPTEMBER:
Go4Life Stroll: An All-Ages, All-Abilities, Family-Fun Walk
Sunday, September 16, 2018 from 1:00 to 3:00pm
River to Range Trail at Bachelor Brook Conservation Area
(adjacent to 240 Ferry Street, South Hadley)
BWC is partnering with the South Hadley Council on Aging and the Planning/Conservation Department to offer a fun strolling event for everyone at the new 1-mile River-To-Range Loop Trail. Two interpreters are also planning to participate to provide the public with terrific information on the river and flora of this area. More details coming soon!
A PREVIOUS TREK MAP TO DOWNLOAD/PRINT:
Sidewalk Scenic Trail Trek-Senior Center/Black Stevens Loop (3-Pg PDF)
To receive notices with details about upcoming Treks, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Come and enjoy the new River to Range Trail!
The Town of South Hadley recently celebrated 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.
Eversource Pole Replacement to Temporarily Close River-To-Range Trail
There will be a temporary trail closure of the River to Range Trail around July 30, 2018 as Eversource will replace a section of poles through the Bachelor Brook-Stony Brook Conservation Area that crosses over the new RTR trail. This should last a couple of weeks and there is signage at the RTR Trail in advance of the work to alert the public to the coming project. Once the replacement work begins, additional large construction signage will be used during active work hours.
For more information, contact Anne Capra, Conservation Administrator/Planner at (413) 538-5017 x208 or email@example.com.
ValleyBike Share is ready to roll in South Hadley!
ValleyBike, the first bike share program in the Pioneer Valley–and the first pedal-assist bike share program in New England–is now available in South Hadley! With stations at the Town Common and Police Department, residents and members of the public will be able to use ValleyBike for green transportation while engaging in healthy recreation. ValleyBike allows members to pay for bikes by the trip, or join as a member for unlimited 45-minute rides by the day, month or year. Bikes come with carry baskets and helmets. Residents may sign up at www.ValleyBike.org. Special 'founding membership' opportunities are available for a very limited time.
ValleyBike was initiated by Amherst, Northampton, and the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC), and then quickly joined by Springfield, Holyoke, and South Hadley. The planning effort was led by PVPC, which identified the funding for planning. Leadership of the effort switched to Northampton for the implementation phase of the project. ValleyBike is funded by MassDOT/Federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) grant, Bewegen investments, community investments in station pads, user fees, and its sponsors.
Special Note: BWC highly recommends that interested users sign up for the ValleyBike email newsletter, which will also provide important alerts and news about the program. Please visit the website for more information!
For more information, visit: www.ValleyBike.org
Black Stevens Conservation Area
Town Conservation Commissioner and Planner Anne Capra has extended thanks to all those who volunteers at the June 13 Black Stevens Conservation Area cleanup sponsored by the South Hadley Conservation Commission, in partnership with the South Hadley Bike Walk Committee and the South Hadley High School. "In just a few hours," Capra noted, "we pulled 15 trash bags of garbage off the property, and identified a few areas with large items that need to be removed with some help. It was great to have all of the students working with us."
Trash has become a concern at Black Stevens, particularly along the property boundaries. The June 13 cleanup was undertaken as one of the management recommendations in the Conservation Commission's December 2017 Black Stevens Conservation Area Baseline Documentation Report. The draft report can be viewed on the Conservation Commission’s page of the town website at www.southhadley.org/299/Conservation-Commission.
For more information, contact Conservation Administrator/Planner Anne Capra at (413) 538-5017 x208 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Walk this way... the South Hadley Social Strollers
A new Social Strollers walking group was formed in June at the South Hadley Council on Aging Senior Center. Participation is free and a good pair of walking shoes and a desire for fresh air and fun is all that's needed. Following the Mayo Clinic’s best practices for walking clubs, experienced leaders will guide participants through the neighborhoods surrounding the Senior Center and beyond! Bike-Walk Committee member Huguette Supinski is the primary volunteer leading this group. Two sessions a week are currently scheduled, on Tuesday and Friday mornings from 9:30am to 10:30am, with a goal of increasing walk time a bit during each session. The Senior Center is located at 45 Dayton Street in South Hadley, and parking is available.
For more information, contact Nancy at the South Hadley Senior Center at (413) 538-5042.
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. Work on the trail is meant to begin this summer, with completion anticipated in early fall 2018.
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 Prioritization Plan and Final Project List are available as PDF documents: