Welcome to FNTG

Welcome to the Friends of Northampton (MA) Trails and Greenways, a community-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization devoted to improving the expanding rail-trail network in Northampton,
Massachusetts.

FNTG Summer Newsletter

Our Summer 2016 newsletter is now available, featuring articles on the Second Annual Tweed Ride, Northampton’s Complete Streets demonstration, the Adopt-a-Trail program, updates from other area trails, and more.  Click the image below to view or download the newsletter.

 

2016 Tweed Ride

Lunchtime Natural History Walking Tours

Naturalist Laurie Sanders is offering walking tours this month, and the next one takes place on the rail trail.  The tours begin at 12 noon on each date at Historic Northampton, and pre-registration is required, as there are limited slots for the walks.  To register, e-mail lsanders@historicnorthampton.org.  Suggested donation is $5 for members of Historic Northampton, $10 for non-members.

Tours:

Tuesday, June 21:  Botanizing along the Bike Path

Tuesday, June 28:  Exploring the Natural History of the Bridge Street Cemetery

 

Complete Streets Demonstration Day – June 18

 

 

 

Complete Streets Demo June 18

Updates on Northampton Trail Underpass

The website Trains in the Valley has posted updated information regarding the trail underpass that will be built under the railroad track near King Street in Northampton.  A bid has been chosen and construction is to begin later this year, with project completion sometime in 2017.

Details and images can be found here.

 

Thanks to Nick Horton for forwarding this information.

Tweed Ride this Saturday

Sweet Spoken Second Annual
Spring Tweed Ride

Saturday, May 14, 2016
2:00-5:00 PM

Register at: www.bikereg.com/tweedride

Registration Deadline: Friday, May 13, 5:00 PM

Meet in the pedestrian plaza behind Thorne’s Market at 2:00 PM.

Upcoming Meetings and Events

Main St. Design Workshop

Tuesday, May 10th
6:00-8:00 PM
City Council Chambers/City Hall
210 Main Street, Northampton
Help the City create a short-term and long-term vision for Downtown’s Main Street! Discussion will include sidewalk, crosswalk, and transit improvements, as well as new landscaping and dedicated space for cycling.

 

Bike Commute Breakfast

Wednesday, May 18th
7:00-10:00 AM
Hampshire County Court House Lawn
Main and King Streets, Northampton
Breakfast provided for all bike commuters, plus award presentations, proclamation from the mayor, cycling info, and more.

 

Public Forum #2

Wednesday, May 18th
6:30-8:00 PM  (Open House 5:30 – 6:30)
First Churches Sanctuary
129 Main Street, Northampton
In March, we received hundreds of comments about conditions for walking and bicycling in Northampton. At the 2nd Forum, the consultant team will present the draft recommendations for new policies, programs, and infrastructure projects designed to improve the environment for pedestrians and bicyclists.

Valley Gives Day is May 3

Save the Date!
Valley Gives Returns on May 3*
Join the Fun and Give to
Friends of Northampton Trails and Greenways

*If you will be away on May 3, don’t despair. Any donation made from now on will be recorded as if given on Valley Gives Day.

 

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The Latest News From FVTC in Connecticut

The Farmington Valley Trails Council has recently shared with us information on the link to the south.  Click the links below to view their State of the Trails, the report of a multi-year study of the Northampton to New Haven corridor, and info on trail adoption in CT.

State of the Trails 2016

FVTC Trail Usage Study 2013-15

FVTC Adopt a Trail Package 2016

 

Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan Public Forum

Monday, March 7, all are invited to share their input with the City of Northampton for its Pedestrian and Bicycle Comprehensive Plan.  See flyer below for details.

bike-ped-public-forum

 

FNTG Spring Meeting

 

FNTG Spring Meeting

Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Lilly Library, 19 Meadow Street, Florence, MA
6:30 to 9:00 PM

Doors open 6:30.
A short business meeting begins promptly at 7:00,
to be followed by a
Special Recognition Award,
short talks by
Pete Sutton, Bike/Ped Coordinator, Mass DOT
Sean Condon, President, Mass Bike (PV)
and a

Public Lecture by Craig Della Penna
“Tales from the Trails:
Frontline Developments in Massachusetts”