Biking season lasts all year in Fairhaven, but the Fairhaven Bikeway Committee kicks off each spring with an Earth Day Bike Path Cleanup event that, in 2016, drew more people than ever. This year’s event also included the beginning of our path beautification project. With help from volunteers, the Lion’s Club and Louise Barteau, we began removing invasive plants along the Little Bay extension and planting native species that attract migrating birds and butterflies.
At the end of the school year in June, the Leroy Wood School was presented with the MassDOT Safe Routes to School program’s ‘Biking All-Star’ Award in recognition of our Bike Bus program now in its fourth year. The committee chair, along with award recipients from around the state met at the State House in Boston to discuss the importance of Safe Routes to every school.
This summer saw thousands of miles logged on the Phoenix Bike Path and all around the scenic roads of Fairhaven. Our beautiful bike-able town attracts many visitors and keeps them coming back.
Our first Pedal ’n Putt mini-golf fundraiser was a huge success. Families rode to the event on the bike path and enjoyed a round of golf and some ice cream while helping the Fairhaven Bikeway Committee’s mission. We use these funds to assist our programs like the Wood School Bike Bus and our bike rack program.
Finally, this fall, beautiful new bike racks were installed at the Town Hall. The hitching-post style racks are in keeping with the history of the property and are already well-used. Thanks to the Community Preservation Committee, Town Meeting, the Historical Commission and the Department of Public works for their assistance in completing this project.
We look forward to another successful year of cycling with you all.