|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 or 2/26/17 at Stone Silo Maple Syrup and LeBlank Conservation Area (date will be announced in early February, based on how syrup is running; short, easy family-friendly trek, details to come)
3/19/17 at Mount Holyoke College (explore the hidden gems of MHC)
4/9/17 at Bynan Conservation Area (small lot entrance off Rt 202 and East Street)
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 City of Holyoke and the Town of South Hadley/Bike Walk Committee and supported by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and MassBike that will take place during 2017 Baystate Bike Week. Event sponsors include 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)
NEXT TREK: 1:00pm on Sunday, JANUARY 15, 2017 at Ledges Golf Course
Will there be deep snow on the ground by January 15th? 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, January 15, 2017 at 1:00 pm.
PLAN A (lots of snow): 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 (little or no snow): 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.
Meet at 12:45 pm in the Ledges Golf Course parking lot at 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, including restrooms, are closed for the season. In the event of non-enjoyable or hazardous inclement weather/conditions the trek will be canceled.