|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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Roll and Stroll Street Festival open streets event, details below (this will be our May 'Trek').
No Treks scheduled in June, July and August. Treks resume in September and continue through December (schedule to come)
Holyoke-South Hadley River Roll and Stroll Street Festival!
Join us on May 7, 2017 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 from 10:30am to 3:30pm on May 7, 2017 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, MassBike, and the Cultural Councils of South Hadley and Holyoke, local agencies supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. River Roll and Stroll is the Official Kickoff Event to 2017 Baystate Bike Week. Event sponsors include E-Ink, Holyoke Medical Center and Republic Service, as well as Mount Holyoke College, Big Y, PeoplesBank, Conklin Office Furniture, and Holyoke Youth Soccer League.
Enjoy street performers and dancers, brass bands, latin bands, marching bands, jazz bands, vocal groups, and even a mandolin orchestra. Try out free activities like a cycle track, foot race course, putting green, soccer dribbling course, giant bubbles, hula hooping, chalk drawing, hopscotch, face painting, or bike decorating. Or, just grab a chair or a spot on the astroturf and relax in the mid-bridge 'Serenity Spot,' where you can even ask an Audubon guide about Connecticut River wildlife.
A parade at 12:50pm will be launched with a single volley from the End Zone Militia, who will be present at the Festival with the New England Patriots mascot. Veterans groups will march with the Holyoke and South Hadley school bands from both sides of the bridge toward the middle, where bridge bands will join in, along with the public. Some 300 fish kites created by students, adults and seniors in both communities will be distributed for a colorful parade to the middle of the bridge. A bridge rededication ceremony honoring the Vietnam Veterans for whom the bridge is named will be held in the Serenity Zone at the center of the bridge, and new signage will be unveiled. Massachusetts Secretary of Veterans Francisco Urena will be on hand to represent the Governor’s office.
River Roll and Stroll | May 7, 2017 from 11:00am to 3:00pm | Free Admission | Rain or Shine
For more information about the Bike/Walk Committee, email: email@example.com or visit us on this page (southhadleyma.gov/bikewalk) and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/southhadleybikewalk. For more on biking in Massachusetts, visit MassBike Pioneer Valley and www.massbike.org.
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!