Category Archives: Development

Bike Path Spur Dispute Resolved

One of the goals of the Open Space Recreation, & Multi-Use plan in Northampton, MA, has been to create little rail trail spurs throughout the city so that more residents have easy access to existing Manhan Rail Trail and Mass … Continue reading

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New Northampton Rail Trail Spurs

[This is a post I put together some time ago but failed to actually publish.] Those Norwottuck Rail Trail sections in Northampton, MA are really coming togehter! Via Nick Horton of Friends of  Northampton Trails and Greenways and the MassBike … Continue reading

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Springing Back To Action

OK, Western Massachusetts. We’ve made it through the winter. The sun feels noticeably warmer and snow is clearing from the roadways. Time to get those bikes turned up and ready for riding. It’s also time to find out new developments … Continue reading

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Northampton Announces Public Hearing on Boathouse Project

Northampton, MA is holding a hearing on the waterfront park along the Connecticut River. The plan for the park is to build a rail trail extension to it, and on into Hatfield. Wayne Feiden, Director of Planning and Development, has given … Continue reading

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Norwottuck Rail Trail Resurfacing Hearing Set

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know the section of the Norwottuck Rail Trail between Hadley, MA and Amherst, MA has been in dire need of resurfacing for years now. The original surface included broken glass … Continue reading

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Westfield’s Columbia Greenway Rail Trail Progresses

  Westfield is serious about getting their Columbia Greenway Trail ready to ride. Just a couple of weeks ago I rode part of the trail from Shaker Farms Road, south to the Connecticut line. Beautiful, smooth riding. But the trail … Continue reading

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Southampton Rail Trail Group Approaches Milestone

Northampton, check. Easthampton, check. Ummmm…ah,Westfield, check. Southwick, check. Hang on, something’s missing. Southampton. Southampton is the missing link in the New Haven & Northampton Canal Rail Trail. But the Southampton Greenway Committee is working to connect Southampton to the trail … Continue reading

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Report on Trains Returning to Northampton

Hey, Western Mass, the trains are coming back! Beginning late 2014, train service will return to Northampton, MA and Greenfield, MA, when trains heading north from New Haven, CT and Springfield, MA will follow the route of the Connecticut River … Continue reading

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Westfield MA Columbia Greenway Moves Closer to Downtown

Continuing the Westfield, MA, Columbia Greenway Rail Trail theme, we move on to what’s coming next in the trail’s development. During Winter, 2011-2012, Westfield has begun to see the final stages of the rebuilding  with the completion of the Great … Continue reading

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Directions to Westfield, MA’s Rail Trail

Yes, Western Massachusetts, there is a rail trail in Westfield and Southwick, and I can tell you how to get there. One of the most consistent visits to Pedal Paradise is via web search by bike riders for directions to … Continue reading

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