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:


FEBRUARY 2019 | Maple Syrup Guided Trek 

Sunday, February 24 at 1:00pm 
Stone Silo Maple Syrup Farm 
Meet at 12:45pm on the Stone Silo Maple Syrup Property at 355 No. Main St., So. Hadley
Parking: Please park on side streets (Valley View Drive and Pheasant Run Road offer plenty of available parking) due to unsafe parking conditions on North Main Street

Winter in February with cold nights and sunny days means enjoying local maple syrup on our pancakes and French toast all year-round! On Sunday, February 24th at 1:00pm the South Hadley Bike-Walk Committee invites the public on a very special guided trek for all age groups at Stone Silo Maple Syrup Farm with a “look-see” at the adjacent LeBlanc Conservation Area. This outing is especially suited for families and friends! 

Proprietor Maurice LaFlamme will lead the public on a very short and relatively flat walk to the maple trees at the back of his property to see how the tree sap is collected to be later transformed into maple syrup. This is a rare chance to also safely view the adjacent, small LeBlanc Conservation Area which is a protected area for wetland and wildlife habitat and refuge. The conservation area does not contain trails and is intentionally left overgrown and unnavigable. Mr. LaFlamme will also explain how his equipment turns the collected sap into maple syrup.

We will meet at 12:45 PM on the Stone Silo Maple Syrup property at 355 North Main Street, South Hadley. Due to unsafe parking conditions on North Main St, please park on the nearby, opposite-side streets of Valley View Drive and Pheasant Run Road, which offer plenty of available parking. Wear weather-appropriate clothing and safe, waterproof footwear, and bring water.

Post-trek, please join BWC members and Mr. LaFlamme for light refreshments and socializin
g!  

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. 


MARCH 2019 | Guided Trek

March 24, 2019
Bachelor Brook Conservation Area (tentative location)
Details to Come 

APRIL 2019 | Guided Trek
Date and location TBA 
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. 


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)
  • Bynan Conservation Area Trail Map (1-Pg PDF)
  • Walking the Falls | South Hadley Falls walks and historical info (4-Pg PDF)
To receive notices with details about upcoming Treks, please email: bikewalksouthhadley@gmail.com


News and Notes  


Conservation Lands

Kudos to Conservation Administrator/Planner Anne Capra for all of her hard work to date to finalize maps (see our list of Trek maps above), as well as to roll out the initial Baseline Documentation Report for the Black Stevens Conservation Area with more planned for the rest of our town’s conservation lands.  

For more information, please visit:  
www.southhadley.org/603/Project-Plans

South Hadley Master Plan and Open Space and Recreation Plan Updates
The Town of South Hadley is updating its Master Plan and its Open Space and Recreation Plan (OSRP). The plans will establish a vision for the future of South Hadley and cover a wide range of topics including housing, transportation, economic development, land use and zoning, open space, natural resources, and municipal services. Input from community members will help shape the development of both plans.

Take the Survey by 2.27.19--Shaping South Hadley Development
BWC wants to especially encourage everyone (please tell your friends and family, too!) to take this important SURVEY in connection with the Town's Master Plan and Open Space and Recreation Plan updates. The survey, which closes on February 27, 2019, is available at: southhadleyplans.com (click on the 'Surveys' link). 

Attend Community Forums
In addition to the survey, two community forums have been scheduled so far in connection with the planning process. Both will be held at South Hadley Town Hall, 116 Main Street. Please mark your calendars now and plan to attend both forums to share your ideas!

Forum 1: February 27, 2019 | 6-8pm at South Hadley Town Hall
Balancing Preservation and Development–Growing Smarter
Please take the SURVEY before the forum!

Forum 2: March 27, 2019 | 6-8pm at South Hadley Town Hall
Neighborhoods for all Ages

Details about the project can found at the project website, and additional information will be posted as it becomes available during the plan updating process: southhadleyplans.com

Ledges Golf Course Walking Path Map Available
Come explore the various paved and dirt/gravel walking paths of the Ledges while safely enjoying some outdoor exercise in a beautiful setting!
LedgesGolfCourse Walking Paths
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

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