Manhan Rail Trail Bridge Ribbon Cutting Rolling Party

Update: I’ve decided that these few photos don’t really do the event and crowd justice. To give a real feel for the excitement and enthusiasm for this bridge opening, I created two slide shows, one of photos from the Easthampton kick-off, and one from scenes at the  bridge for the ribbon cutting. You’ll also get to see that it was sunny, warm and perfect weather for a bike ride! Were you there? You might just see yourself in one these shots. Thoughts and observations to come in another post. This one is simply to capture the joy of the day.

The Grand Opening of the Manhan Rail Trail on Sunday, May 22, 2011, formally opening the bridge across Massachusetts Route 10, linking Easthampton with Northampton was a day full of smiles and sunshine.

On the Easthampton side:

At the bridge, where the speeches and ribbon cutting took place:

The speeches (I have video of all of the speeches, but will take the time to edit them down before posting them):

U.S. Rep. John Olver (D, MA)

MA St. Sen. Stan Rosenberg

MA St. Sen. Mike Knapik

MA Rep. Peter Kocot

MA Rep. John Scibak

Northampton Mayor Clare Higgins

Easthampton Mayor Mike Tautznik, facing the bridge and Easthampton

Others who helped this day come about:

Manhan Trail Friends

Mass Bike reps from Boston

There are many more people, images and thoughts I have to share from this beautiful day, and will post more this week.


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11 Responses to Manhan Rail Trail Bridge Ribbon Cutting Rolling Party

  1. Annie B says:

    Looks like a great time. I’m so proud of our valley. And digging Mayor Clare’s new glasses!

  2. Great footage, love the site! An amazing event 🙂

    • Thank you so much Juliane! You did a fabulous job organizing the event. There were so many happy, smiling faces. And bikes that looked like they were out of the garage for the first time in years. I truly was a transformational day for Western Massachusetts.


  3. Johanna Halbeisen says:

    My niece has been at Mt Holyoke and is very aware that the bus service to South Hadley stops in the summer. Do you know of any plans for a bike path from Amherst to South Hadley?

    • Johanna,

      No, I’m sorry to say I don’t. Getting to South Hadley by bike is a tough one. I would not ride on Rt 47 because of the narrow road and the tight curves. I’m not familiar with Rt 116 in that area, so I can’t give an opinion on that. I know some people do ride over there, but mostly they are racer types.

      Thanks for stopping by.


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