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4th Annual Great Tree Bike Tour
Grab your helmets and blow up your tires because our Great Tree Bike Tour 2022 map is available for download now through Sunday, May 29.
Take a self-guided tour through the neighborhoods of Northampton while experiencing these 11 champion trees. Each stop features an audio description of the story and unique nature of these 11 champion trees, accessible by QR code. The map for this free activity can be accessed at the link below.
CREDITS & HISTORY
The 2019 Great Tree Bicycle Tour grew out of a 2018 summer project by Smith College Botanical Garden Intern Madeleine Lombard who worked with both Smith College and the City of Northampton to highlight exceptional tree specimens in downtown Northampton and integrate them into Smith’s existing campus-wide “TreeSpeak” program.
TreeSpeak allows passersby to learn about a given specimen tree by scanning with their smartphone a QR label on the tree and access an audio file that teaches about that tree.
In Fall 2019, two local non-profit organizations, Tree Northampton (TN) and Friends of the Northampton Trails (FNT), teamed up to expand the “Tree Speak” in Northampton and promote extraordinary trees–as well as biking–by co-sponsoring a city-wide “Great Tree Bicycle Tour”. Many talented TN and FNT volunteers, in coordination with Smith College and the Northampton Department of Public Works, researched and recorded more audio files, and created an interactive map and signage for biking the tour. Over 150 bicyclists joined the tour which highlighted three “state champion” trees as well as trees that have deep historic importance to Northampton.
In 2020, as part of Bay State Bike Month, FNT revised the brochure and made it freely available online.
WHERE DO I START?
- Download and print the brochure here.
- If you’re coming from out of town, we recommend parking in the Old South Street lot. Plug in the code “8989+JG Northampton MA” or “Old South Street Parking” into your Google Maps app.
- Once parked, follow the map to destination #1 on Old South Street. When you arrive, pull out your map & use the camera app on your smartphone to scan the first QR code.
- The tour finishes at Maines Field.
What is Bikes for All?
What is FNT’s Bicycle Benefits Program?
Calling all local businesses!
We are partnering with Bicycle Benefits, a program that offers discounts and benefits to customers who bike to participating shops.
Here’s how it works:
Businesses become Bicycle Benefit members through FNT and sell a bike helmet sticker to cyclists for $5 each.
Businesses will be listed on the Bicycle Benefits website as well as a shoutout from us.
Once cyclists buy the sticker, they are eligible for discounts or deals at participating businesses (BOGO, or 10% off etc). We’ll help with outreach to encourage cyclist participation in the program.
The cost of a starter kit is $25 and includes 10 stickers to sell to customers for $5 each, decals for your shop window and cash register and informational material.
We are pleased to offer the first 20 business participants the kits at no cost — just fill out this form and we will be in touch and drop off your kit to your location.
Fill out the form here:
Let’s get folks on their bikes this spring!