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,

E-mail us: fntg@fntg.net

Valley Gives on May 2

Valley Gives is coming,

Tuesday May 2

Join the fun next Tuesday


If you will be away on May 2, donate today.

Donations made in advance of Valley Gives Day will be accepted starting April 25 at noon. These donations will be processed on the morning of May 2.

To donate online, simply use the secure Valley Gives form below. Of course, donations can always be made at any time by sending a check to the address at the right of the page.

Trail Neighbor Award – Call for Nominations

Nominations are now being accepted for FNTG’s 2017 Trail Neighbor award.  Each year, the Trail Neighbor Award is presented to an individual or group who has contributed significantly to the local trail network.  This can involve work to sustain the existing trails, help in growing the network, or promotion of trail use.

If you know of a person, multiple people, or an organization that has done trail-related work deserving of recognition, you can send a nomination to fntg@fntg.net.  Nominations should be sent by Friday, May 5.

Please include the name(s) of the group or individual(s), as well as a description of the activities on behalf of the trails.

Past winners include the residents of Six–Eight High Street in Florence, Craig and Kathy Della Penna, the City of Northampton Department of Public Works, Smith College, Jane Sommer, Julia Riseman, James Lowenthal, Gaby Immerman, John Sinton, and Caleb and Emily Langer.

Members’ Meeting and Presentation March 27

FNTG will be holding a members’ meeting and public presentation this month at the Florence Civic Center.

The event will take place Monday, March 27, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
After an FNTG business meeting, Wayne Feiden, Northampton Director of Planning and Sustainability, will give a presentation on the Valley Bike Share program and Other Trail and Greenways Updates.

Light refreshments will be served.

Public Hearing on Plans for Roundabout

Public Hearing Concerning Plans for a
North King/Hatfield Roundabout

Monday, March 6, 2017 at 6:30 PM
Hearing Room — Northampton City Hall  
210 Main Street, Northampton, MA


From Wayne Feiden, Northampton Director of Planning and Sustainability:

Please come to support improving traffic safety and movement, creating a place where ALL modes of transportation are embraced.
The City is designing, and we expect the Commonwealth to build, a roundabout (small traffic circle) at the intersection of North King Street and Hatfield, just south of the River Valley Market.  The roundabout is similar to the one at Pleasant/Conz and Main/Bridge Road/Look Park.  Roundabouts create extremely efficient and safe vehicle and pedestrian movements, making it friendlier for all modes of transportation and reducing crashes.
The project will also extend the North King Street sidewalks from Big Y to River Valley Food Coop the Hatfield Road sidewalks from Cooke Avenue to North King Street.
This is a great opportunity to make your voice heard.

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.


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.