Bike-Walk Committee

Bike/Walk South Hadley logo
Pioneer Valley Planning Commission's Final Draft of South Hadley Comprehensive Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan

Leaping Well Nature Trail Recommendations
(original recommendations to SB, not to be considered as current and/or final for specific details)

Mariann Millard Chair
Melissa O'Brien Vice Chair
Nancy Bozek Member
M.P. (Chevy) Chevrette Member
Larry Dubois Member
Lucia Foley Member
Marilyn Gass Member
Margaret Jodoin Member
Huguette Supinski Member

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 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 throughout the year (September-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.

2017 Trek Schedule

 (all events begin at 1:00pm)

Guided Trek at Toth Property
Sunday, November 19, 2017 
Meet at 12:45pm (Trek begins at 1:00pm) 
Question & Answer Session at 1:50pm 
Mosier Elementary School, 101 Mosier Street, South Hadley 
(meet at the west end of parking lot, nearest to Route 116)

Following a June 21 Toth Community Conversation meeting at Town Hall, the BWC and Town administration have worked with Pete Westover from Conservation Works to develop an appropriate trail system concept to propose to the Selectboard. Mr. Westover was invited by the BWC to the June meeting to discuss wildlife and vegetation buffer issues. Of paramount importance for the trail design has been the goal of addressing and resolving all issues that have been raised since an initial May meeting with nearby residents. As a result of this work, the BWC has scheduled this special public Trek led by Mr. Westover and the BWC to walk the proposed trail system. The approximately 0.6 mile trek will take roughly one hour with additional time available for Questions & Answers in the parking lot immediately following the trek, at approximately 1:50pm. 

For those who prefer not to conduct the trek, but would like to attend the Q&A Session, please plan to be in the parking lot (same area) by 1:50 pm to meet the returning Trek group. 

The Trek and Q&A Session will take place rain or shine, but in the event of hazardous, unsafe weather conditions, the outing will be cancelled and rescheduled for a later date (a News Flash will posted on the Town’s website if cancelled).

We hope that neighbors and other town residents will attend this special public trek outing as we remain eager to get your additional input and ideas. In return, we hope the information you receive either during the trek and/or afterwards during the Q&A Session will further enhance current understanding of the Toth Property and BWC’s proposed trail system concept. For a map of the proposed route, please click on the map link immediately below; please download and bring a copy to the 11/19 event if planning to attend.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR TREK PARTICIPANTS:
Please be aware that the Trek will occur on terrain that may be difficult to traverse due to thick vegetation and trees, natural tripping hazards (tree/bush/vine debris, etc.), uneven ground, wet conditions, and exposure to poison ivy and insects, including ticks. It is strongly recommended that participants wear protective clothing, safe/waterproof footwear and bug spray, and bring water.

Please note that this Trek replaces the Bagg-Pierce Wildlife Sanctuary outing originally scheduled for this date.

Toth Property Proposed Trail-Map for 111917 Public Trek (1-pg PDF)

Upcoming Treks:
December 3 at Bachelor Brook Conservation Area


South Hadley Complete Streets Prioritization Plan Public Input Session
Wednesday, October 18th, 6:00–8:00 PM
South Hadley Town Hall Auditorium, 116 Main Street 

Please mark this upcoming, important public input session on your calendar! 
This is a terrific opportunity for residents and business owners to learn more about South Hadley’s Complete Streets initiative as it relates to sidewalks, bike lanes, traffic calming, crosswalks, pedestrian signals, bus stop improvements and other related projects. This is a Town-sponsored initiative, which is supported by the BWC. Please come to learn more about the concept of Complete Streets and to give your input on a preliminary list of identified projects in South Hadley.

The following PDF documents may be downloaded for more information:

Public Input Session flyer with additional details
South Hadley Complete Streets Prioritization Plan DRAFT Project List


River Roll and Stroll Street Festival 2018 'Open House' Meeting 
Tuesday, November 14th, 6:30–8:00 PM
Holyoke Library, 250 Chestnut Street, Holyoke (Community Room)

Anyone interested in learning more about the steering committee, the event itself, and volunteering to be a working member of the committee is invited to come! The event’s volunteer organizers, comprised of residents of both South Hadley and Holyoke, want to hold the festival again next year on Sunday, May 6, 2018.

This year's first-ever River Roll and Stroll was held on Sunday, May 7 from 11 am to 3 pm on the Rt. 116 Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge over the CT River between Holyoke and South Hadley (some photos can be see below). The event temporarily closed the bridge to vehicular traffic and participants were treated, at no charge, to local music bands, other entertainment, and the ability to walk and bike on a bridge unencumbered by vehicle traffic. The result was a complete success for both municipalities, the public and MassDOT (MA Department of Transportation).  

Event co-chairs Mariann Millard of South Hadley and Sean Condon of Holyoke are looking for folks who can be dedicated and committed to meeting once a month on a weekday evening from November through May, with meetings every two weeks closer to the event date. Interested parties need not be residents of Holyoke or South Hadley. Specific logistical tasks to be assigned, according to interest, include working with a to-be-hired event manager on sponsorships, marketing/publicity, bridge activities, community service table participants, trash management, and assisting a to-be-hired volunteer coordinator. Much of the organizational structure and tasks mapped out this year, which will make it easier for steering committee members in 2018 to oversee the work that needs to be done.

“We’ve already received a green light from MassDOT and both municipalities are again eager to help support the festival,” said committee co-chair Mariann Millard. “Unfortunately, we’ve had several steering committee members with other important commitments elsewhere in their lives and at this point we don’t have enough members available to handle all of the logistics and tasks required for another successful event.” 

“We’re very much hoping that interested parties will come on November 14th to hear about this terrific event and how important it is to our community overall,” Condon said, “and will volunteer to work with us to make it happen for next year!”

For questions or more information on the River Roll & Stroll 2018 event, please email riverrollandstroll@gmail.com and visit Facebook at www.facebook.com/riverrollandstroll.

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Bike-Walk Committee Photo Gallery