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. For information, please email: bikewalksouthhadley@gmail.com. 


Guided Treks (September to May)

   
  

UPCOMING TREKS:


JANUARY 2018 | Guided Trek 

Sunday, January 20 at 1:00pm 
Bynan Conservation Area
Meet at 12:45pm at New Ludlow Road parking lot (dirt/gravel pull-off access area)
Optional post-trek meet-up at Drunken Rabbit Brewery (749A New Ludlow Rd)

The South Hadley Bike-Walk Committee invites the public on a guided trek at Bynan Conservation Area on Sunday, January 20. Come explore the various trails, ponds and vistas of this town-owned land that’s always in need of folks’ passive recreation support to keep it pristine and healthy! 

The approximately 60-minute trek is roughly 1.5 miles in length. Be prepared for snowy and/or icy trail conditions, deep or not, or for anything else Mother Nature sees fit to give us in January. The chosen trail route loop is relatively flat with only a few minor ascents/descents. It’s the personal choice of all participants to bring any beneficial walking poles and wear crampons and snowshoes.

We will meet at 12:45 PM in the large, pull-off access area on New Ludlow Road (adjacent to Fairway Wholesale Distribution, 654 New Ludlow Road, South Hadley). Participants may also park in Fairway’s parking lot. To reach the area, take Rt. 33 south towards Chicopee; turn left onto Old Lyman Rd (before the Big Y); continue to the end of the street, then turn left onto New Ludlow Rd. Fairway Wholesale will be on the left with the access parking lot immediately after Fairway’s (this access parking lot entrance is also off New Ludlow Rd). Wear weather-appropriate clothing and safe footwear, and bring water and optional snacks.

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. 

  • Bynan Conservation Area Trail Map (1-Pg PDF)

FEBRUARY 2019 | Guided Trek
Tentative Date February 24 
Maple Syrup Trek at Stone Silo Maple Farm and LeBlanc Conservation Area 
Details to Come 

MARCH 2019 | Guided Trek
Tentative Date March 24
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 are scheduled in June, July, and August; Treks resume in September. 

Previous Trek maps to download:

 

  • Sidewalk Scenic Trail Trek Map-Senior Center/Black Stevens Loop (2-Pg PDF)
  • Black Stevens Conservation Area Trail Map-2018 (1-Pg PDF
  • Mount Holyoke College Trail System Map (3-Pg PDF
  • Ledges Golf Course Paths Map (1-Pg PDF)
To receive notices with details about upcoming Treks, please email: bikewalksouthhadley@gmail.com


Ledges Golf Course Walking Path Map Available
LedgesGolfCourse Walking Paths

Come explore the various paved and dirt/gravel walking paths of the Ledges while safely enjoying some outdoor exercise in a beautiful setting!  Thanks to the talents of Lucia Foley, BWC member, with special assistance from Bruce Forcier, Selectboard member and avid golfer, a new map has been created for the public's use to walk the extensive grounds while the course is closed for golfing. The unmarked trails of the Newton-Jones-Carver Conservation Lands can also be accessed from the back of Holes # 7 & 8 (to access the trails, walk around or over the tree trunks laid down).

Feel free to park in the Ledges' parking lot. The club house is also closed for the winter season, including the restroom facilities.  The course can be used for other non-vehicular recreation such as snowshoeing and cross-country skiing; for all users, please stay off the tees and greens to avoid damage (watch for markers and small hills to denote their presence).  All dogs must be leashed with dog waste picked up and removed from the premises.   

Click here to download the map.

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

Please take the ValleyBike Share End of Season Rider Survey
ValleyBike Share would like YOUR opinion! We hope you'll take a few moments to share your experiences with ValleyBike in its first season. The survey is still open and all feedback is appreciated!

Go to the ValleyBike End of Season Rider Survey (and feel free to share with others!). 

The ValleyBike Share (VBS) bikes have gone for winter storage until spring. The new bike share program came to several Pioneer Valley communities this year with its sturdy electric pedal assist (Pedelec) bikes, which come with carry baskets and helmets. In South Hadley, VBS bikes have been located at two kiosk stations, on the Town Common and at the Police Department parking lot. Riders can use an app to pay for bikes by the trip, or register with ValleyBike on a smartphone or computer as a member for unlimited 45-minute rides by the day, month or year. In South Hadley, users could pay 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!

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.

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 

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)

South Hadley Social Strollers to resume in April
The Social Strollers will take a break from outdoor walking at the end of November and reconvene on Tuesday, April 2, 2019. People may still come to the South Hadley Council on Aging Senior Center at 45 Dayton Street to walk inside on their own until the group resumes in the spring. 

The Social Strollers walking group, which was formed in June 2018, offers experienced leaders to guide participants through the neighborhoods surrounding the Senior 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. Bike-Walk Committee member Huguette Supinski is the primary volunteer leading this group. 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