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 bikewalksouthhadley@gmail.com. For more on biking in Massachusetts, visit: MassBike Pioneer Valley and Mass Bike.

BWC is Seeking Two New Committee Members!

Want to be part of a fun, cohesive and productive group passionate about walking and biking in Town? Want to make a difference for current and future residents in their quality of life? Come join us as a volunteer committee member!  

As a Town-appointed advisory committee to the Selectboard, we meet on the third Wednesday of the month at 7 PM at the Main Library. Our meetings are never boring in our quest to improve and/or enhance walking and biking initiatives, and we partner often with other committees, commissions, groups and Town Hall. BWC committee members need to be residents of South Hadley. Questions? Please email bikewalksouthhadley@gmail.com

An online application and information on other volunteer committee positions in South Hadley is available elsewhere on the Town website.

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 1:00 pm and participants gather at 12:45 pm. 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 or to receive notices about upcoming Treks, please email bikewalksouthhadley@gmail.com

UPCOMING TREKS:

No Treks are scheduled in June, July, and August; Treks resume in September. 

Trek maps to download:

Visit the Conservation Lands section of the website for more trail maps of South Hadley Conservation Lands. 

To receive notices with details about upcoming Treks, email bikewalksouthhadley@gmail.com.  


News and Notes

South Hadley Volunteer Conservation Corps Trail Cleanup 

The South Hadley Volunteer Conservation Corps is hosting a spring work party at the Bachelor-Stony Brook Conservation Area off Ferry Street. Please join us for trail cleanup on one or both days:

Dates:
Sunday, June 9th @ 9:00AM-12:00PM
Wednesday, June 12th @ 4:00-6:00PM

Location:
River to Range Trailhead Parking Lot, off Ferry Street (next door to the Mount Holyoke College Community Boathouse, 240 Ferry Street)

What to Bring:
Work gloves, sunscreen, bug spray, personal hand tools, metal rakes, wheelbarrows

RSVP: Please RSVP to Ann Capra via email acapra@southhadleyma.gov

Please Pre-Register:
All who plan to attend need to register as a volunteer on the Town of South Hadley website:
www.southhadley.org/FormCenter/HRPayroll-Forms-12/Volunteer-Application-62  

Thank you for your interest in stewardship of South Hadley's trails and conservation areas. I hope you can join us! 

Please share this invitation with others who may be interested.


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.

ATTEND COMMUNITY FORUMS

Follow-Up Sessions for Forum 4, on Sustainability and Resiliency, have been scheduled as follows and everyone is welcome to attend. These are the last neighborhood meetings until fall. These sessions focus on learning how to make the community sustainable into the future in terms of social, environmental, economic, and fiscal impacts, and ready for future challenges.  

UPCOMING DATES:

Forum 4–’Meeting in a Box’ Follow-Up Sessions
Sustainability and Resiliency
Sat, June 8 at 10:00am | South Hadley Public Library, 2 Canal Street
Tue, June 11 at 2:00pm | Newton Manor, 643 Newton Street
Thu, June 13 at 2:30pm | Loomis village, 246 North Main Street  

Updates to South Hadley’s Master Plan and its Open Space and Recreation Plan (OSRP) 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 helps to  shape the development of both plans.

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


River to Range Trail

Last fall, the Town of South Hadley was pleased to celebrate 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, email Anne Capra, Conservation Administrator/Planner or call (413) 538-5017 x208.


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.

WWLP-22News: New pedestrian trail coming to South Hadley (video) 10/23/18
Leaping Well Nature Trail Construction Announcement 10/22/18
BWC Executive Summary-Toth Property Trail Concept (PDF) 11/21/17


South Hadley Social Strollers Group

The Social Strollers walking group has resumed for the spring. The 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. Former 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:

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