|Mariann Millard||Chair||Term Expires: 2020|
|Melissa O'Brien||Vice Chair||Term Expires: 2020|
|Nancy Bozek||Member||Term Expires: 2020|
|Larry Dubois||Member||Term Expires: 2020|
|Lucia Foley||Member||Term Expires: 2020|
|Marilyn Gass||Member||Term Expires: 2020|
|Margaret Jodoin||Member||Term Expires: 2020|
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 email@example.com. For more on biking in Massachusetts, visit: MassBike Pioneer Valley and Mass Bike.
BWC is Seeking Two New Committee Members!
Want to be part of a fun, cohesive and productive group passionate about walking and biking in Town? Want to make a difference for current and future residents in their quality of life? Come join us as a volunteer committee member!
As a Town-appointed advisory committee to the Selectboard, we meet on the third Wednesday of the month at 7 PM at the Main Library. Our meetings are never boring in our quest to improve and/or enhance walking and biking initiatives, and we partner often with other committees, commissions, groups and Town Hall. BWC committee members need to be residents of South Hadley. Questions? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
An online application and information on other volunteer committee positions in South Hadley is available elsewhere on the Town website.
Join us for a Trek!
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 1:00 pm and participants gather at 12:45 pm. 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.
For information or to receive notices about upcoming Treks, please email email@example.com.
No Treks are scheduled in June, July, and August; Treks resume in September.
- Sunday, September 22, 2019 at 1:00pm
Mount Holyoke College Stream Project Update and Upper MHC Trail
- Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 1:00pm
Go4Life Stroll at River-to-Range Trail Loop
Trek maps to download:
- Sidewalk Scenic Trail Trek Map-Senior Center/Black Stevens Loop (PDF)
- Black Stevens Conservation Area Trail Map-2018 (PDF)
- Mount Holyoke College Trail System Map (PDF)
- Mount Holyoke College Campus Map (map.mtholyoke.edu)
- Ledges Golf Course Paths Map (PDF)
- Bynan Conservation Area Trail Map (PDF)
- Walking the Falls | South Hadley Falls walks and historical info (PDF)
- River-to-Range Loop and Bachelor-Stoney Brook Conserv. Maps (PDF)
- Bagg-Pierce Wildlife Sanctuary Trail and Ortho Map (PDF)
- Leaping Well Nature Trail Map (PDF)
- Ashley Reservioir-Holyoke Trek (PDF)
Visit the Conservation Lands section of the website for more trail maps of South Hadley Conservation Lands.
To receive notices with details about upcoming Treks, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
News and Notes
UMass-Amherst Tick Report Service
The University of Massachusetts College of Natural Sciences offers a TickReport lab service for identification and testing for pathogens. For details, visit: https://www.tickreport.com
Go4Life Stroll set for October 20th
Save the date for the second Go4Life Stroll, coming on Sunday, October 20, 2019. The 'All-Ages, All-Abilities, Family-Fun Walk' will be held on the River-to-Range Trail in partnership with the Council on Aging and the Planning/Conservation Department. Watch for details to come!
Bike/Walk Committee at Middle School Health Fair
Grade 8 students from Michael E. Smith Middle School organized a Health Fair on May 30 featuring student exhibits, local officials, and others involved with various aspects of health in the community. A display by Grade 8 student Esther Ngure, who helped coordinated the event, showcased the work of Bike-Walk Committee, and some BWC members were on hand to talk with students and see their handiwork. Read more in the Town Reminder:
South Hadley Volunteer Conservation Corps Trail Cleanup
Many kudos and a big thank-you to Conservation Administrator/Planner Anne Capra, her newly formed Volunteer Conservation Corps, and Town DPW staff for the recent clean-up and maintenance work they conducted on the River-To-Range Loop Trail in June. The trail is looking terrific and judging by the number of happy, daily visitors walking the trail, much appreciated!
Work completed included mulching trees, mowing/weed-whacking around the parking lot and sitting areas, weeding the trail surface, pruning woody growth along the trail edges, picking up trash, and hanging a new kiosk window on the back side of the kiosk. DPW staff continued their work from last summer with their monthly mowing of trail edges and by watering the new red maple trees planted last summer. All of them survived and are thriving.
The Volunteer Conservation Corps is comprised of residents who volunteer their time to assist with improving, enhancing and maintaining our trails in town, mostly on town-owned Conservation Area Lands. A very special shout-out goes to the following folks who spent 44 total volunteer hours over three dates in June on the Loop Trail: Tony Judge and his granddaughter Meredith, Neva Tolopko, Paul Dobosh, Bill Bacis, Mark Shea, Jim and Marion Canning, Margaret Jodoin, Nancy Bozek, Melissa O’Brien, Robert Salthouse and Dave Menard.
Another important thank-you goes to Eversource Energy who did a great job resurfacing the parking lot, and adding loam and seed to the edges of the access road after they’d completed their utility pole replacement. They were wonderful to work with and very responsive to Anne’s requests to ensure all site conditions were again ADA-compliant.
Please consider volunteering to keep the Conservation Corps a robust group! Email email@example.com with your name/contact information to be apprised of ongoing opportunities. Any task you can do and any time you can give are valuable.
Located off Ferry Street, the River-to-Range Trail is a one-mile, ADA-accessible path that is part of the Bachelor Brook-Stony Brook Conservation Area. The loop 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. The loop represents the first phase of a three-phase scenic trail project, for which grants and other matching funds have already been secured.
For more information, email Anne Capra, Conservation Administrator/Planner or call (413) 538-5017 x208.
Leaping Well Nature Trail Update
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 owned by the Town. The Leaping Well Trail name is taken from the Leaping Well Brook on the property.
Work on the trail started last fall and has continued through this (very wet!) spring, and things are now looking great. Mulch and directional signs will be completed shortly, and wood chips have improved the trail's surface and experience of using it. BWC Chair Mariann Millard has had some valuable technical assistance from a wildlife biologist at MassDFW to develop a habitat management plan for the property to use as the foundation for stewardship of the property. A temporary kiosk sign is in place, and a permanent sign is meant to be installed later this summer. The public entrance and a small parking lot are located on Mosier Street.
We are grateful for all the volunteers who worked with Mariann at the Leaping Well Nature Trail this Spring, including the Brownie and Junior Girl Scout Troop 40398 lead by Michelle Wolfe and Laurie and Brian Dimock. The girls worked hard, cleaning up roadside trash around the parking lot and trail head on 5/6/19. The youngest Brownie was crawling under the thorny thicket to get the trash that no one else could reach and loving it. We hiked the trail afterward and had a great time.
On October 22, 2018 the Town announced that work on the trail would be beginning shortly. Contractors will use the Newton Street entrance for staging and initial access purposes only. Once the project is complete, the public entrance will be on Mosier Street.
South Hadley Social Strollers Group
The Social Strollers walking group program at the Senior Center offers experienced leaders to guide participants through the neighborhoods surrounding the center and beyond. Participants in the free program have walked twice a week, with a goal of increasing a walk time a bit during each session. Former Bike-Walk Committee member Huguette Supinski is the primary volunteer leading this group. For more information, call the South Hadley Senior Center at (413) 538-5042.
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: