Bike-Walk Committee

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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: bikewalksouthhadley@gmail.comFor more on biking in Massachusetts, visit: MassBike Pioneer Valley and www.massbike.org.

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 1:00pm 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 (September to May)

   
  

UPCOMING TREKS:


NOVEMBER 2018 | Guided Trek

Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 1:00pm (meet at 12:45pm)
Trails of Mount Holyoke College

The South Hadley Bike-Walk Committee invites the public on a guided trek to discover the wonderful, diverse trails on the campus of Mount Holyoke College Sunday, November 18 at 1:00 pm. Come discover the serenity of wooded paths, the grand vistas seen from its fields, the many moods of Stony Brook and the ongoing work to extend the Project Stream boardwalk--all in time to work off in advance the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday dinner!

The approximately 90-min. trek is about 3 miles in length throughout the campus. Be prepared for wet conditions, ascents/descents that range from minor to moderately steep, stairs, and a variety of even/uneven walking surfaces (crushed gravel, leaf-lined, dirt, pavement). Wear weather-appropriate clothing and safe footwear, and bring water. Walking poles are optional but recommended for those who enjoy using them. Those wishing to do only a portion of the trek’s planned route are welcome to participate. 

We will meet at 12:45pm the entrance of the Kendall Sports and Dance Complex. Park in the Complex’s parking lot, accessed via Dunlap Place off Rt. 116/Woodbridge St. near All Saints Episcopal Church (the Post Office and Fire District #2 are on the opposite side of the street). Post-trek, please join BWC members in the parking lot for light refreshments and socializing!  

Non-enjoyable or hazardous inclement weather/conditions will force a cancellation; if that should appear necessary, please check the Town’s website (www.southhadley.org) for a Community News notification. For more information, please email: bikewalksouthhadley@gmail.com. 

MHC Trail System Map (3-Pg PDF
MHC Campus Map: map.mtholyoke.edu


DECEMBER 2018 | Guided Trek

Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 1:00pm (meet at 12:45pm)
Golf Cart/Walking Paths of Ledges Golf Course
--snow shoes optional if there is enough snow on the ground 
Details to Come 

JANUARY 2019 | Guided Trek
Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 1:00pm (meet at 12:45pm)
Bynan Conservation Area 
--snow shoes optional if there is enough snow on the ground 
Details to Come 

FEBRUARY 2019 | Guided Trek
Date and location TBA 
Details to Come 

MARCH 2019 | Guided Trek
Date TBA 
Bachelor Brook Conservation Area
Details to Come 

APRIL 2019 | Guided Trek
Date and location TBA 
ValleyBike Share Bike Trek (tentative)
Details to Come 

MAY 2019 | Guided Trek 
Date and location TBA 
Details to Come 

No Treks scheduled in June, July, and August; Treks resume in September. 

Previous Trek maps to download:

 
Sidewalk Scenic Trail Trek-Senior Center/Black Stevens Loop (2-Pg PDF)
Black Stevens Conservation Area Trail Map-2018 (1-Pg PDF

To receive notices with details about upcoming Treks, please email: bikewalksouthhadley@gmail.com


Remember, it's fall hunting season in South Hadley!

For safety’s sake while walking or biking through the fields in town or on Town Conservation Lands, remember to wear BRIGHT ORANGE-COLORED CLOTHING! Making some noise, especially with your voice, while enjoying the trails is an excellent idea too, to alert hunters to your presence. 

Hunting is not allowed on Sundays. 

For more information on MA Hunting Seasons, please visit:  
www.eregulations.com/massachusetts/huntingandfishing/hunting-season-dates
South Hadley is located in Zone 7:
www.eregulations.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/18MAAB_WMZ_Map2.pdf

Last chance for a ValleyBike Share fling 'til Spring!

Fall weather has arrived with cooler temps, gorgeous colors are appearing on trees and the ValleyBike Share (VBS) bikes will soon disappear for their winter storage until next March! 

From now until the end of November, the South Hadley Bike-Walk Committee would like to encourage the public to go for a fun spin or two on the new VBS bikes located at two kiosk stations in town, on the Town Common and at the Police Department parking lot. Riders may use the app to pay for bikes by the trip, or join ValleyBike as a member for unlimited 45-minute rides by the day, month or year. Bikes are sturdy and come with carry baskets. 

The new bike share program has been a hit all over Pioneer Valley this year with its electric pedal assist (Pedelec) bikes—easy to use, especially on inclines. You might even happen upon our very own Mike Sullivan, Town Administrator and a big fan of VBS, pedaling happily around town!

ValleyBike was initiated by Amherst, Northampton, and the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC), and then quickly joined by Springfield, Holyoke, and South Hadley. 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.

Tips for UseRegister first as a member on a smartphone or computer. In South Hadley, if paying at a kiosk (in lieu of a smartphone or computer), only the Town Common kiosk currently has this capability.  When using an electric pedal-assist bike for the first time, be prepared for that slight first “boost” when pedaling!

For more information on the bikes, kiosk stations, maps, and payment, please visit the website, where you may also sign up for for the ValleyBike email newsletter, which provides important alerts and news about the program:

For more information, visit: www.ValleyBike.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. 
 
For more information, contact Anne Capra, Conservation Administrator/Planner at (413) 538-5017 x208 or acapra@southhadleyma.gov. 

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. 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. 

Questions? Email Town Administrator Michael Sullivan at: msullivan@southhadleyma.gov.

Video: WWLP-22News: New pedestrian trail coming to South Hadley 10/23/18
Leaping Well Nature Trail Construction Announcement  10/22/18
BWC Executive Summary-Toth Property Trail Concept 11/21/17 (8-pg PDF)

Walk this way... the South Hadley Social Strollers
A 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. 

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:

South Hadley Complete Streets Prioritization Plan
South Hadley Complete Streets Final Project List

New! Sidewalk/Scenic Trail Program (rescheduled from 12.10.17)  
Senior Center-Black Stevens Conservation Area Loop Guided Trek

Sunday, March 25, 2018       
Meet at 12:45pm (Trek begins at 1:00pm) at the Senior Center Parking Lot
45 Dayton Street, South Hadley MA

The South Hadley Bike-Walk Committee invites the public to the debut of its Sidewalk Scenic Trail Program with this Trek starting/ending at the Senior Center and connecting with the Black Stevens Conservation Area. The BWC’s new program combines walkable, sidewalk areas with vistas worth exploring in town. The BWC’s goal is to create additional sidewalk scenic trail routes to promote more mapped, walking opportunities in South Hadley. The roughly 90-minute event encompasses a 2.87-mile trail loop that begins with flat sidewalks from the Senior Center to the Plains Elementary School. Participants will then walk on marked, relatively flat, leaf-lined and dirt paths through wooded, historic Black Stevens to reach the sidewalks on Newton Street to return to the Senior Center.

Participants will meet at 12:45 p.m. at the South Hadley Council on Aging/Senior Center parking lot on 45 Dayton Street. Wear weather-appropriate clothing, safe footwear, and bring water and optional snacks. Post-Trek, please join BWC members in the parking lot for light refreshments and socializing! Non-enjoyable or hazardous inclement weather conditions will force a cancellation (this Trek was originally scheduled for 12.10.17, but has been rescheduled to March rather than January in hope of finding both sidewalks and trail portions will be clear for our Trekkers). 
New! Sidewalk/Scenic Trail Program (rescheduled from 12.10.17)  
Senior Center-Black Stevens Conservation Area Loop Guided Trek

Sunday, March 25, 2018       
Meet at 12:45pm (Trek begins at 1:00pm) at the Senior Center Parking Lot
45 Dayton Street, South Hadley MA

The South Hadley Bike-Walk Committee invites the public to the debut of its Sidewalk Scenic Trail Program with this Trek starting/ending at the Senior Center and connecting with the Black Stevens Conservation Area. The BWC’s new program combines walkable, sidewalk areas with vistas worth exploring in town. The BWC’s goal is to create additional sidewalk scenic trail routes to promote more mapped, walking opportunities in South Hadley. The roughly 90-minute event encompasses a 2.87-mile trail loop that begins with flat sidewalks from the Senior Center to the Plains Elementary School. Participants will then walk on marked, relatively flat, leaf-lined and dirt paths through wooded, historic Black Stevens to reach the sidewalks on Newton Street to return to the Senior Center.

Participants will meet at 12:45 p.m. at the South Hadley Council on Aging/Senior Center parking lot on 45 Dayton Street. Wear weather-appropriate clothing, safe footwear, and bring water and optional snacks. Post-Trek, please join BWC members in the parking lot for light refreshments and socializing! Non-enjoyable or hazardous inclement weather conditions will force a cancellation (this Trek was originally scheduled for 12.10.17, but has been rescheduled to March rather than January in hope of finding both sidewalks and trail portions will be clear for our Trekkers). 
New! Sidewalk/Scenic Trail Program (rescheduled from 12.10.17)  
Senior Center-Black Stevens Conservation Area Loop Guided Trek

Sunday, March 25, 2018       
Meet at 12:45pm (Trek begins at 1:00pm) at the Senior Center Parking Lot
45 Dayton Street, South Hadley MA

The South Hadley Bike-Walk Committee invites the public to the debut of its Sidewalk Scenic Trail Program with this Trek starting/ending at the Senior Center and connecting with the Black Stevens Conservation Area. The BWC’s new program combines walkable, sidewalk areas with vistas worth exploring in town. The BWC’s goal is to create additional sidewalk scenic trail routes to promote more mapped, walking opportunities in South Hadley. The roughly 90-minute event encompasses a 2.87-mile trail loop that begins with flat sidewalks from the Senior Center to the Plains Elementary School. Participants will then walk on marked, relatively flat, leaf-lined and dirt paths through wooded, historic Black Stevens to reach the sidewalks on Newton Street to return to the Senior Center.

Participants will meet at 12:45 p.m. at the South Hadley Council on Aging/Senior Center parking lot on 45 Dayton Street. Wear weather-appropriate clothing, safe footwear, and bring water and optional snacks. Post-Trek, please join BWC members in the parking lot for light refreshments and socializing! Non-enjoyable or hazardous inclement weather conditions will force a cancellation (this Trek was originally scheduled for 12.10.17, but has been rescheduled to March rather than January in hope of finding both sidewalks and trail portions will be clear for our Trekkers). 
Ledges Golf Course
Sunday, March 25, 2018
Meet at 12:45pm (Trek begins at 1:00pm) at the Ledges Parking Lot
18 Mulligan Drive, South Hadley MA (additional details TBA)

Plan A: With sufficient ground snow, this will be a snowshoe Trek  Plan B: With little or no ground snow, we will walk on golf paths to and from Newton-Jones-Carver Conservation Areas. Additional details to be announced.
Ledges Golf Course
Sunday, March 25, 2018
Meet at 12:45pm (Trek begins at 1:00pm) at the Ledges Parking Lot
18 Mulligan Drive, South Hadley MA (additional details TBA)

Plan A: With sufficient ground snow, this will be a snowshoe Trek  Plan B: With little or no ground snow, we will walk on golf paths to and from Newton-Jones-Carver Conservation Areas. Additional details to be announced.
Ledges Golf Course
Sunday, March 25, 2018
Meet at 12:45pm (Trek begins at 1:00pm) at the Ledges Parking Lot
18 Mulligan Drive, South Hadley MA (additional details TBA)

Plan A: With sufficient ground snow, this will be a snowshoe Trek  Plan B: With little or no ground snow, we will walk on golf paths to and from Newton-Jones-Carver Conservation Areas. Additional details to be announced.
Ledges Golf Course
Sunday, March 25, 2018
Meet at 12:45pm (Trek begins at 1:00pm) at the Ledges Parking Lot
18 Mulligan Drive, South Hadley MA (additional details TBA)

Plan A: With sufficient ground snow, this will be a snowshoe Trek  Plan B: With little or no ground snow, we will walk on golf paths to and from Newton-Jones-Carver Conservation Areas. Additional details to be announced.

Bike-Walk Committee Photo Gallery