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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. 

PR NEMBA Chapter Meeting

Date

9/23/21 6:00pm

Penobscot Region NEMBA Chapter Meeting

Our next chapter meeting will be held Thursday September 23rd at 6:00pm at Orono Brewing Company at 61 Margin Street in Orono, Maine!

We will be gathering in the basketball court area outside near the beer garden weather permitting, or indoors on the balcony if the weather is poor.

The meeting time is set for 6:00pm to allow everyone to purchase drinks and food if they desire, and we will be calling the meeting to order at 6:30pm.

Additionally, PRNEMBA will be donating $1 per Tubular IPA and One Bike IPA sold on meeting night up to $250 toward Orono Brewing Company co-owner and PRNEMBA member Abe Furth's "One Bike Can..." earn-a-bike fundraiser. More information on the fundraiser can be found at the following link.

https://www.bikemaine.org/one-bike-can-earn-a-bike-fundraiser/

We hope to see you there!

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Chapter

Penobscot Region

Event Leader

Carson Carney
prnemba@gmail.com

PR NEMBA Pop-Up Trail Day

Date

9/19/21 9:00am

Join Penobscot Region NEMBA Sunday September 19th at 9AM at the Caribou Bog Conservation Area for a pop-up trail work session!

Meet at the parking lot on the Taylor Road in Orono.

We will be working on improving single track trail on Bangor Hill. Come prepared with sturdy work boots and gloves, and please sign the annual NEMBA waiver if you have not already done so.

Link to the waiver below.

https://waiver.smartwaiver.com/w/5ee3b647520b5/kiosk/

PR NEMBA will provide coffee & doughnuts, just to get us going.  

For further information, contact prnemba@gmail.com

LOCATION

Caribou Bog Conservation Area (Newman Hill)

 

Chapter

Penobscot Region

Trail

Event Leader

Carson Carney
prnemba@gmail.com

PR NEMBA Pop Up Trail Day

Date

9/16/21 4:00pm

Event by Penobscot Region NEMBA

Taylor Rd, Orono, ME 04473, United States

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Join PRNEMBA Thursday September 16th at 4pm at the Caribou Bog Conservation Area for a pop-up trail work night!

Meet at the parking lot on the Taylor Road in Orono. We will be working on improving single track trail on Bangor Hill. Come prepared with sturdy work boots and gloves, and please sign the annual NEMBA waiver if you have not already done so. Link to the waiver below.

https://waiver.smartwaiver.com/w/5ee3b647520b5/kiosk/

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Chapter

Penobscot Region

Event Leader

Carson Carney
prnemba@gmail.com

PR NEMBA Skills Ride

Date

8/28/21 2:00pm to 4:00pm

If you want to acquire the skills and maneuvers that will help you ride better and have more fun on your mountain bike, come join us in the UMaine De Merritt Forrest in Old Town on Saturday, August 28th. We’re leaving from the parking lot at the Old Town Elementary School, 576 Stillwater Avenue, Old Town at 2:00 PM. PR NEMBA member Emmy Monahan will lead the skills ride.

The goal of the skills ride is to help you understand mountain biking better so you can take your riding to the next level. Position and balance, operation of controls, trail awareness, direction control, and/or front or rear wheel lift may be among the skills and maneuvers that Emmy will cover. The ride will last about 2 hours. The ride is geared toward riders new to mountain biking (beginner), riders with limited off-road riding experience (novice), and riders comfortable at slower speeds on trails with roots, rocks and tight single track (intermediate). A bike helmet is mandatory.

You don't have to be a member of NEMBA to participate in the skills ride, but you must sign NEMBA's Annual Waiver. https://waiver.smartwaiver.com/w/5ee3b647520b5/kiosk/

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Location

576 Stillwater Avenue, Old Town, Maine

Chapter

Penobscot Region

Trail

Event Leader

Emmy Monahan
prnemba@gmail.com

CR NEMBA Spinnin Sugar Ride

Event Date

8/28/21 (All day)

Spinnin Sugar Saturday Ride

We'll be riding this Saturday, 8/28.

   Women Only!

The ride will leave from the Outdoor Center at 9:00 AM.  Try to get there by 8:45 so we can get the ride off on time.

Typically these rides last from  1 - 1.5 hours.

For more info check this Facebook Page.

   Be sure to sign NEMBA's Annual Waiver if you haven't already done so.  

You don't have to be a member of NEMBA to join in.

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State

Maine

Ride Level

All Levels

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

PR NEMBA Pop-Up Trail Care Session

Date

7/15/21 6:00pm

Come and join Penobscot Region NEMBA this Thursday July 15th at 6pm for a trail work group ride!

We will be trimming back trails along our route so pack gloves, hand saws, and a set of loppers if you have them.

Ride duration will be about 2 hours. Meet at Old Town Elementary School for a 6:00pm start time.

 

Please sign the annual NEMBA waiver if you have not yet done so! This only needs to be signed once per year, takes less than 2 minutes, and ensures proper insurance and liability coverage for all those participating.

You don't have to be a member of NEMBA to join us.  You just need to want to make our trails better.

 

Link to the waiver: https://waiver.smartwaiver.com/w/5ee3b647520b5/kiosk/

 

For further information, contact

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6 Rivers NEMBA Topsham Trail Care

Date

7/19/21 5:30pm

Topsham Trail work day by Six Rivers NEMBA

Location: 97 Townsend Way, Topsham, ME

For  · Anyone who wants to make our trails better.

    You do not have to be a member of NEMBA to attend.

    But, please fill out Annual Liability Waiver in advance!

Trail workdays to build a new trail extension from the trail parking area to section 1.

This will add just under a mile of new trail.

Tools will be provided.

Bring gloves safety glasses and bug dope.
Meeting at the Townsend Way parking area.
 

We are also scheduling a few more trail work days to build the new trail extension.

We'll be tacking a couple work days onto the Saturday Morning Rides which we will run in Topsham on Saturday July 24 and August 7.

Ride 8-930 and work 930-11.

For more info on 6 Rivers NEMBA Rides & Events check our Facebook Page.

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Chapter

Six Rivers

Trail

Event Leader

Kris Haralson
kharalson@comcast.net

Gorham Gets More Flow

Monday, June 28, 2021

Gorham Gets More Flow:

Greater Portland NEMBA Signature Trail Grant Updates


Greater Portland NEMBA and the Gorham Conservation Commission will team up to create a beginner friendly flow trail using funding from a NEMBA Signature Trail Grant. The trail will have berms, rollers and progressive jumps that will entice beginner to intermediate level riders, especially kids, while also being fun for advanced level riders. Utilizing existing natural features such as knolls and depressions it will be ¾ mile long and adjacent to the Lavoie Bike Park. The bike park located between Gorham’s high and middle school campuses currently has a pump track and a 15-mile trail network. 


Overall things are progressing really well. Chapter representatives have already had a few meetings and site walks with members from the Town to finalize the plan and make sure everyone is on the same page.

Exciting news is that the Town of Gorham officially recognized the trails in Gorham as an economic benefit.

We think this will be helpful for us long term as we look for the Town to contribute and support trails more.

We have the corridor of the trail 90% cleared and we need to do a bit more trimming and clearing to prep for the machine work. Of course, you can't 100% trust Strava but it looks like we will be really close to a full mile! This area used to be a dump so we're not able to dig more than a few inches however we'll be bringing in a lot of material for the tread of the trail. This has already started with volunteer support over the past several weeks.

Gorham Sand & Gravel has been an amazing partner.

 

For this project they and are providing help with material and machine operators. Gorham Sand & Gravel supported us during the pump track build, and they are excited to be involved in this project too. This is a huge win with both financial support and to free up volunteer time to work on the features of the trail. The base layer is different than what we are used to working with and want to see how fast sections roll before going too crazy with berms, rollers & features. 

We estimate that we will need to raise an additional $3-4k to complete the project and are doing a lot of grassroots communication at the pump track, trails and in town. So far there has been an amazing response, and everyone is super excited.

We hope we can get the tread down and packed by end of July. Look for more information and potentially a grand opening celebration around that time!

Submitted by Sam Morton

 

(a few pictures of the process and progress!)

    

 

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