|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 at Stone Silo Maple Syrup and LeBlank Conservation Area (easy family-friendly trek; details below)
3/26/17 at Bynan Conservation Area (small lot entrance off Rt 202 and East Street)-Rescheduled from 3/19
4/9/17 at Mount Holyoke College (explore the hidden gems of MHC)
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 Bike/Walk Committees of the City of Holyoke and the Town of South Hadley and supported by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and MassBike. The event will take place during Baystate Bike Week and event sponsors include E-Ink, 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)
MARCH TREK--RESCHEDULED: Bynan Conservation Area, NOW at 1:00pm on Sunday, March 26, 2017
Due to the large amount of snowfall still on the ground from Tuesday’s blizzard with more to potentially fall as forecasted for Saturday, the Bike-Walk Committee (BWC) has rescheduled its trek in the Bynan Conservation Area to Sunday, MARCH 26, 2017 at 1:00pm. This one-week delay is to ensure a more enjoyable trek as there are several trails worth exploring and a deep snowfall may make it more difficult to easily traverse them.
The approximately 90-minute trek is approximately 2 miles in length. The marked dirt and leaf-lined trails (and we anticipate that snow will still be present on March 26th) are rutted in places from vehicular use, may be muddy or wet, and are relatively flat with several mild-moderate ascents and descents.
On Sunday, MARCH 26, 2017 at 12:45 pm at the dirt parking lot at the end of Bartlett Street in South Hadley. To reach, take Route 202/Granby Road NORTH; turn right on to East Street (Easthampton Savings Bank is across the street on the left); drive to the end of East Street and then take a left on Bartlett to the parking lot. Wear weather-appropriate clothing and footwear, and bring water and optional snack. After the Trek, please join Bike/Walk Committee members for light refreshments and socializing! In the event of non-enjoyable or hazardous inclement weather/conditions the trek will be canceled.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR THE MAY RIVER ROLL & STROLL FESTIVAL!
COME HELP MAKE OUR OPEN STREETS FESTIVAL A WONDERFUL SUCCESS FOR SUNDAY, MAY 7TH FROM 11 AM TO 3 PM! Please consider helping out for a couple of hours at this amazing, first-time-ever event—the River Roll & Stroll, a vehicle-free, “Open Streets” Festival, which will be held on the Rt. 116 Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge, a bridge that spans the CT River between South Hadley and Holyoke. A range of volunteer positions is available—like helping to “set-up/take down”, welcoming the public and answering questions, leading activities such as drawing pictures with chalk on the road, showing how to play hopscotch, holding a jump rope, and keeping an eye on things to ensure everyone has a great time. You’ll have lots of information, support and guidance from Event Management Staff, which includes members of the Bike-Walk Committee, and the Holyoke and South Hadley Police Department will be responsible overall for ensuring safety on the bridge.
If you’re interested in volunteering for at least 2 hours that day, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org In the meantime, please spread the word about this event and bring your friends, families, kids and grandkids.
Come have a blast with us at the Holyoke-South Hadley River Roll and Stroll Street Festival!