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Hilltown Family Variety Show

HFVS Bicycle Episode (Podcast/Radio Show)

Local bike ride modeled after rides across the pond, bring placemaking to the streets while raising funds and learning through the lens of history!

The Surprising Social Impact of Bicycles and Local Learning Opportunities Did you know that before inventing the world’s first successful airplane, Orville and Wilbur Wright owned a bicycle shop? They repaired and rented out bicycles and eventually went on to build their own bicycles and invent small improvements to the machines. In addition to gaining practice in engineering skills, this business funded their aviation experiments. Simpler and less expensive than cars, bicycles… Read More

Note 2, Bike Paths ❥ Relatively early in my pregnancy with my second child, I began to get just the littlest bit hooked on riding my bicycle on what we called the bike path. Back then, you’d have known what I meant, the one to Belchertown from Northampton. It felt shiny new and exciting. I was enthralled rolling along. Somehow, rides like that seemed to fall by the wayside (mostly, time without… Read More

Question and Answer Anyone have kids just learning to ride a bike, or transitioning out of training wheels? How are you teaching them to ride their bikes? Anyone have some great advise to lend to parents and kids learning to two-wheel it? Amanda Saklad suggests: “Ride on grass – falling is less painful.” Laura Hoffman suggests: “Yeah, it’s great to find a grassy small decline that they can coast down without pedaling,… Read More

Bike Commute Week in the Valley May 15th-23rd, 2010 Families in the Valley are invited to park the family car and bike to school, the library, the park or other short trips in the community during the Pioneer Valley’s Eleventh Annual Bike Commute Week, May 15th-23rd, 2010. This collaborative effort of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, MassBike Pioneer Valley, MassDOT, PVTA, WRSI, community volunteers, and business and civic organizations encourages Pioneer Valley… Read More

Hands up if your family has spent any time bike riding this summer! Tune into the HFVS this weekend for our Bicycle Episode! Tune in to 103.3FM WXOJ (Valley Free Radio) out of Northampton, MA on Saturday from 9-10am or Sunday from 7-8am for an hour of commercial-free programming… or listen to the podcast any time here. Teaching your kids how to ride a bike this year? We gotcha covered too…

BIKE RIDING Other than the Cummington Fairgrounds, there aren’t may places for kids to learn to ride their bikes in the hilltowns. Driveways are often gravel or dirt. Country roads can be unforgiving … and forget about sidewalks! So I’ve been packing up my daughter’s bike to ride down at Look Park. It’s a great place to let the kids learn to ride. This weekend as part of the Pioneer Valley Bike… Read More

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