Central MA

NEMBA COVID-19 Guidance for Rides & Trail Care Events

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

COVID-19 Guidance for NEMBA Rides & Trail Care Sessions

 

With warm weather and the easing of Covid-19 restrictions we know that there will be an iincrease in group rides and trail work days. Please consider the guidance below, as well as the state by state guidelines, when organizing and hosting a group ride, trail care event, or other event. We all want to ride bikes, let’s just do it safely!

 

Key Takeaways:

  • All participants must sign the NEMBA Annual Waiver.

  • Email with information of any upcoming events.

  • Follow state & local guidelines (see links below as these can change frequently)

  • We strongly encourage you to maintain a list of attendees with contact info so we have a record of participation and can do outreach to non-members.  This will also help in the event contact tracing is ever necessary. 

  • Most riders prefer a smaller, more personal group ride experience. Try to keep trail groups small, 10 or less is ideal. Split larger groups if possible. 

  • Masks are not required for fully vaccinated individuals and others who are recreating outdoors but are still an excellent preventative measure when in close contact or when near unvaccinated or at-risk people. 

  • Respect the wishes of any volunteer or participant who requests more enhanced protocols. Every individual has their own risk tolerance.

  • Very importantly, all state and local guidelines still apply.

 

Current State Requirements: (Subject to change.) - updated June 15, 2021

Click on the State name for links to individual state COVID-19 websites

Connecticut: No outdoor mask requirements. No outdoor limit on group size.

Massachusetts: No mask requirements for fully vaccinated. No limit on outdoor group size. All State covid restrictions end on 6/15.

Maine: No outdoor mask requirements. No limits on group size.

New Hampshire: No outdoor mask requirements. No limits on group size. Covid restrictins end 6/12.

Rhode Island: No outdoor mask requirement. No limits on group size

Vermont: No outdoor mask requirements. No limits on group size. All Covid restrictions ended 6/15.

CDC Covid-19 Guidelines

CT DEEP, Maine Bureau of Parks, Mass DCR Guidance, NH State Parks, RI DEM Guidance, VT State Parks 

   Note: Some cities and towns may have different rules.

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NEMBA Recommendations for smaller events, rides, and trail care sessions

  • To schedule a group ride or trail care event send an email to

  • All participants must also sign the NEMBA Annual Waiver

  • Volunteers and participants should remain home if not feeling well, if they have received a positive COVID test, or if they have had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID.

  • We strongly encourage chapters to maintain a list of attendees with contact info so we have a record of participation and can do outreach to non-members. This will also help in the event contact tracing is ever necessary. This can be as simple as a sign-in list, if capacity is not a concern, or a pre-registration site such as EventBrite. 

Many chapters just keep a record of attendees. Either by pre-signing up people or taking names and email addresses at the event. This is a best-practice, regardless of COVID.

NEMBA offers EventBrite registration, with a covid-19 questionnaire for any individual or chapter that wishes to use it. This can help with capacity requirements due to limited ride guides. Eventbrite is just one option, other options are welcomed.

When riding with the same people every week, this can be waived.

  • Respect parking regulations. Parking has become a problem at some riding areas due to the influx of new trail users. If a parking area is full, find another legal place to park.

  • Try to keep groups small, 10 or less is ideal. Participants have more enjoyable times in smaller groups. Split larger groups if possible. Large groups can also cause trail conflicts and should be avoided. Have sufficient ride leaders to meet demand or create ride limits that reflect your ride leader capacity.

  • Masks are not required for fully vaccinated individuals and others who are recreating outdoors but are still an excellent preventative measure when in close contact or when near unvaccinated or at-risk people. 

  • Exaggerate your courtesy to other trail users. When encountering other trail users, slow down or stop and move off the trail to provide room for people to pass unless they waive you by. Always say hello and be friendly.

  • On trail care days bring hand sanitizer, cleaning wipes, etc. Some places require providing sanitizing materials at events 

  • You are strongly encouraged to review the state and local guidelines for your area if post ride food is being offered. Bring hand sanitizer, minimize the sharing of food, and ensure social distancing is maintained.

  • Respect the wishes of any volunteer or participant who requests more enhanced protocols. Every individual has their own risk tolerance. 

  • It is up to local chapters to decide what is best for their area and the comfort level of their ride leaders.

  • Follow local, state and federal guidelines. Use the links above for up-to-date information as these change frequently. 

Central MA

Saw Mill Hills Conservation Area, Northampton

Col Lavalley Lane
Northampton  Massachusetts  01062
United States

Easy

20%

Moderate

80%

Difficult

10%

Description

Saw Mill Hills conservation area is a popular mountain biking, hiking, and trail running network located close to Northampton center.

These trails feature rocky terrain and technical A-lines that provide a challenge for experts but enough smoother terrain to suit any practiced rider.  

The Saw Mill Hills Conservation area, commonly know as Sawmill consists of two sections. The other being Roberts-Hill.

The primary trailhead is at: Col Lavalley Ln, Northampton, MA

Taken together both properties host a vast network of trails with the Saw Mill Hills section being the largest.

The trails are widely popular with mountain bikers, hikers trail runners and dog walkers.

Check the maps above. You could spend days exploring them all. And why not?

Pioneer Vally NEMBA does a lot of trail work here, and you'll see the results of that when you explore.

  Read more about Saw Mill Hills Conservation Area, Northampton

Local Shops

Berkshire Bike and Board

Northampton Bike

Plaine's Bicycle

Pioneer Valley NEMBA Sawmill Trail Day

Date

4/25/21 9:00am to 2:00pm

Pioneer Valley NEMBA Trail Day @ Sawmill

Location Saw Mill Hills Conservation Area. Northampton, MA
Sign up here (https://docs.google.com/.../1qJNhQq6VIJjuipytcQLS.../edit... ) to join as a volunteer for small group projects.
Or to pitch for approval, and to lead a project.
(See tabs on the spreadsheet if want to lead a project)
Even if you can't make it Sunday you can haul in materials the week before.

 Be sure to sign NEMBA's once-a-year Waiver if you haven't already done so. Read more about Pioneer Valley NEMBA Sawmill Trail Day

Chapter

Pioneer Valley

Event Leader

Sam Veggeberg
samvegg@gmail.com

Central MA

Tully Lake, Royalston

25 Doane Hill Rd
Royalston  Massachusetts  01368
United States

Easy

20%

Moderate

80%

Difficult

10%

Description

Tully Lake is a US Army Corp of Engineers dam site.

There is a 1300 acre reservoir behind the dam. There are many recreational activities to be had here.

The best description of these is on the USACOE webpage.

Tully has a trail network that exceeds 8 miles. But connected trails in the area exceed 25 miles.

Some of the trails are scenic beside the water but many others are in heavilly wooded areas.

The trails are not easy, but not overly difficult.

You'll enjoy riding tully.  But don't escpect to ride all the trails in one day. Read more about Tully Lake, Royalston

Links to Relevant Resources

Wachusett NEMBA Tully Trail Day

Date

5/1/21 10:00am to 1:00pm

Our lead Kevin Killay has organized this chapter collaboration with the Army Corps Rangers for their Tully Lake mountain bike loop.

Meeting at the Tully Dam Headquarters,
2 Athol-Richmond Road, Royalston, MA

First, NEMBA members should sign NEMBA's annual waiver:
https://nemba.org/waiver

then signup here
https://volunteersignup.org/JXJ33

We will be mostly cutting brush and possibly a little drainage and stone work.

Absolutely no chainsaws allowed per the Tully Rangers. They are more than willing to cut anything that needs to be cut but that is their one caveat.

The rangers will open up some of the gates to allow easier access to some of the remote spots on the trail.

Bring clippers, hand saw and other basic trail tools as well as any food or water you may need.

Volunteers would need to wear masks since this project requires working closely together. 

May be an image of tree and nature Read more about Wachusett NEMBA Tully Trail Day

Location

Tully Dam Royalston

Chapter

Wachusett

Event Leader

Kevin Killay
killay-kevin@montytech.net

PR MEMBA Chapter Meeting

Date

4/12/21 (All day)

Our next chapter meeting will be held Monday April 12th at 6:00pm.

Weather permitting, this meeting will be tailgate-style in the parking lot behind Slipping Gears Cycling in Bangor.

If the weather is poor, we will be moving the meeting inside the shop at Slipping Gears Cycling (please bring a mask!)

Officer roles will be assigned at this meeting, as well as discussing and planning chapter activities moving forward.

We hope to see you there! Read more about PR MEMBA Chapter Meeting

Chapter

Penobscot Region

Event Leader

Dustin Moyer
dustin_moyer@yahoo.com

Central MA

Orchard Hill, Amherst

151 Orchard Hill Drive
Amherst  Massachusetts  01003
United States
Look for parking in Lot 49 follow the dirt track to the trails.

Easy

40%

Moderate

40%

Difficult

20%

Description

The University of Massachusetts in Amherst has a very enjoyable trail network.

There are over 10 mikes of trails. Most are fairly mellow but a few will challenge you.

The best description of the trails is on this Trailforks page.

Parking can be an issue during the school day.  Check signage for more information. Read more about Orchard Hill, Amherst

Local Shops

Highland Hardware & Bike SHop

Plaines Bike Ski & Snowboard

Berkshire Bikes & Boards

Northampton Bicycle

Central MA

DAR State Forest, Goshen

78 Cape St
Goshen  Massachusetts  01032
United States

(413) 268-7098

Easy

35%

Moderate

40%

Difficult

25%

Description

The Daughters of the American Revolution State Forest (DAR) offers over 15 miles of trails ranging from easy to quite challnging. Pioneer Valley NEMBA has done a lot of work on these trails to get them into tiptop shape, and those efforts will be readilly apparent.

DAR also has dozens of campgrounds, as well as a very popular beach and picnic areas.

DAR is a really fun place to ride.

Although there are some fairly flat trails, you can expect to do some climbing here.

Few riders are able to explore all of DAR's trails in one visit. So, expect to come back.

You can email the park at dar.forest@state.ma.us . Their telephone number is 413 268-7098 and the DCR website for DAR is HERE! Read more about DAR State Forest, Goshen

Local Shops

Berkshire Bike, Ski & Board

Northampton Bike

Plaine's Bicycle

Links to Relevant Resources

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