Central VT

NEMBA COVID Guidance for Rides & Trail Care Sessions

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

NEMBA Guidance for Rides

Out of an abundance of caution NEMBA put a hold on Trial Care days and Group Rides as the Covid-19 Pandemic escalated.

Currently it seems like every day one or more of the New England States change their recommendations and guidelines. Their overriding concern, of course, is safety.

As each state sets its own policies NEMBA’s policies must be flexible. Our policies must follow at least the minimum guidelines set by each state. But since these guidelines vary in their directives, we have developed some parameters that we believe support the cautious resumption of group rides and trail care sessions. You can help support the health and safety of all riders (and other trail users) by following these practices!

See State by State restrictions below.

 

NEMBA Recommendations for Group Rides

· Non-household Group rides are allowed in all New England states. The permitted size of those groups varies. NEMBA recommends group sizes of 10 people or less. This is a common requirement in many riding areas. It also reduces interruptions to other trail users and helps keep groups safe and fun. But we leave it to local chapters and their ride leaders to determine what is best for them.

· Maintaining at least 3 bike lengths between each rider ensures physical distancing, at least 30’ but the more the better. The standard 6' social distance may not ensure safety when riding behind a rider or group for long periods of time. So we recommend many times that distance, as far as is practicable. The exception is with family members.

· Ride with a mask at the ready so that you can quickly put it on if you come across other trail users in an area where you can’t maintain a social distance of at least 6’. Or better yet, leave it on. A mask is primarily a courtesy to others. It is a source control measure that limits what you may spread via exhalation. It also provides some protection to you.

· 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 and maintain social distance. This is a time when nobody should assume a “right of way”.

· Do not linger in groups before or after rides. We will all get our “social” on when this Pandemic is over.

· Don’t overcrowd a riding area. If a riding area is busy, try to find an alternate time or location to ride but try to stay close to home. There are state-by-state restrictions on traveling across state lines. Observe them!

· Respect parking regulations. Parking has become a large pain point at many riding areas. If a parking area is full, find another legal place to park.

· We leave it to local chapters to decide what is best for their area and the comfort level of their ride leaders.

· NEMBA requires using some method of rider registration so that in the event of needing to track an individual’s contacts, you can provide that information. NEMBA offers Evenbrite registration, with a Covid-19 questionnaire for any individual or chapter that wishes to use it.

· If you or your chapter would like to hold a group ride, either with or without Eventbrite, send an email to . That way you will be covered by NEMBA’s insurance.

 

NEMBA Recommendations for Family Rides

· Follow all the requirements of your local governments (State, City or Town) and requirements of the property where you wish to ride.

· Best practice is to ride with members of your household.

· Wear masks when in the presence of others and it is not possible to be at least 6’ apart.

· If possible, choose riding areas without crowds.

 

NEMBA Recommendations for Trail Care Events

Since each State sets its own policy for outdoor group size, NEMBA’s policy must be flexible. But it must follow the guidelines set by that state. Since these guidelines are in some cases contradictory, we have developed some suggested parameters of our own.

Traditional Trail Care days where more than 30 people might show up in a parking lot, hang out together for instructions, grab tools and head out should be put on hold for now. As must the traditional after trailwork parking lot thank you party. We recommend:

 

  • 1  Trail Care sessions must be limited to 4-9 people.
  • 2  Social distancing of at least 12’ must be maintained at all times.
  • 3  Face coverings must be used whenever one is within 15’ of anyone else.
  • 4  Tools must not be shared unless they are sanitized before handoffs.
  • 5  For the time being, doing small projects should be the goal.
  • 6  Advance sign up or, events run by invitation only, may be used to put limits on the numbers.
  • 7 After the event, participants should leave the gathering area as soon as possible.
  • 8 NEMBA requires using some method of volunteer registration so that in the event of needing to track an individual’s contacts, you can provide that information. NEMBA offers Evenbrite registration, with a Covid-19 questionnaire for any individual or chapter that wishes to use it.

 

If you or your NEMBA chapter want to sponsor a Trail Care Event send an email to . This will ensure that your event will be covered by NEMBA’s insurance.

Maine Covid-19 Response    Maine Bureau of Parks

Vermont Covid-19 Guidance    VT State Parks

New Hampshire Covid-19     NH State Parks

Massachusetts Covid-19    Mass DCR Guidance

Connecticut Covid Response    CT DEEP Response

Rhode Island Covid Information    RI DEM Guidance

  Read more about NEMBA COVID Guidance for Rides & Trail Care Sessions

Central VT

Woodstock Inn

14 The Green
Woodstock  Vermont  05091
United States

Easy

50%

Moderate

30%

Difficult

20%

Description

The Woodstock Inn & Resort hosts a vast network of Mountain Bike Trails.

Everything from flow trails to lift served downhill trails are found here.

There are bike rentals, guide services and even lessons.

In the winter, it's a center for fat biking.

The town of Woodstock also has many more miles of trails managed by the Woodstock Area Mountain Bike Association.

  Read more about Woodstock Inn

Links to Relevant Resources

Central VT

Liberty Hill, Pittsfield

3306 Liberty Hill Rd
Pittsfield  Vermont  05767
United States
Drive 1.8 miles from Rt 100 to get to the trailhead.

Easy

30%

Moderate

60%

Difficult

10%

Description

The Libery Hill trails form a lollypop loop. They can be ridden in either direction and are very scenic on the East side at the top of Mayo Meadow.

About 7 miles of trails await you.  Don't expect technical challenges, but do expect to have a good ride. Read more about Liberty Hill, Pittsfield

Central VT

Camel's Hump State Forest, Irasville

157 Dana Hill Rd
Irasville  Vermont  05673
United States
The directions above show the approximate location of the trailhead on Dana Hill Road.

Easy

20%

Moderate

60%

Difficult

20%

Description

The Camel's Hump State Forest consists of two separate "blocks".

The Howe Block, at 643 acres contains over 7 miles of mountain bike trails. These trails link into many other trails on private lands.

The Camel's Hump trails are maintained by the Mad River Riders a great group to join if you ride in this area here frequently.

Expect to do a lot of climbing here. Also expect to see others out on the trails as they are very popular.

Camel's hump is a fun place to ride. Read more about Camel's Hump State Forest, Irasville

Links to Relevant Resources

Plymouth Trails Day - Cookout and Group Rides

Date

9/23/17 12:30pm to 3:00pm

PLYMOUTH – On Saturday, Sept. 23, the Pemi-Valley chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association, in conjunction with Plymouth’s Parks and Recreation Department, will be hosting a Plymouth Trails Day off Langdon Street at the Fox Park Pavilion.

In celebration of this latest recreational opportunity for the community, the organization will be hosting Plymouth Trails Day, beginning at 11 a.m. on Sept. 23 at Fox Park. A barbecue, with free food provided, will be held from 12:30 until 1 p.m. when the public is then invited to join them on guided group rides along the new Gyro Trail System. Both children and adults are invited to bring their bikes along that day so they can discover more about these great new trail-riding opportunities surrounding downtown Plymouth area.
To learn more about PV-NEMBA, please visit www.nemba.org where a list of their trails, upcoming events, and details on how to volunteer for their next trail building projects can be found.
Read more about Plymouth Trails Day - Cookout and Group Rides

Location

19 Prince Haven Rd. Plymouth New Hampshire 03264

Chapter

Pemi Valley

Central VT

Killington Bike Park

4763 Killington Rd
Killington  Vermont  05751
United States

Easy

30%

Moderate

50%

Difficult

20%

Description

Killington Mountain Bike Park is a commercial all season's resort. (Skiing in the winter)

Over the last few years the park has expanded its trail system beyond just downhill trails and now offers riding experiences for all levels of ability and desires. As of 6/1/17 there were 35 trails totaling 25 miles with more on the way.

It's a great location not too far from both the Green Mountain Trails in Pittsfield and Pine Hill Park in Rutland.  Read more about Killington Bike Park

Local Shops

West Hill Shop

MeesCo Cycles

365 Cycles

Links to Relevant Resources

Central VT

Millstone Trails, Barre

277 Websterville Rd
Barre  Vermont  05641
United States

Easy

25%

Moderate

30%

Difficult

45%

Description

The Millstone Trail network consists of over 60 miles of trails. These trails are unique in that they focus on the granite quarry industry.

A good overview of the trails is located on the Millstone website. The trails range from easy famiy friendly singletracks to the extremes of Angry Gnome, the Vortex Trail or the Screaming Demon.

There are three parking areas, 277 Websterville Rd, Barre VT, 44 Brook ST, Barre VT and 111 Barclay Quarry Rd., Graniteville, VT.

Day passes can be purchased on line or at many local stores for $10. Read more about Millstone Trails, Barre

Links to Relevant Resources

Sunday Afternoon Rides

Event Date

Repeats every week every Sunday until Fri Apr 03 2015 .
12/7/14 1:00pm to 4:00pm
We will be holding Sunday afternoon rides in and around the Keene/Brattleboro area.  Locations will vary - watch Facebook and Google Groups.  Fat/skinny tires welcome, as conditions allow.  Casual winter pace.

Location

various

Chapter

State

New Hampshire
Vermont

Ride Level

Novice
Advanced-novice
Intermediate

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Michael Davern
603-359-7474

Central VT

Pine Hill Park, Rutland

2 Oak Street Extension
Rutland  Vermont  05701
United States

Easy

30%

Moderate

60%

Difficult

10%

Description

A number of my friends told me that I had to check out Pine Hill Park in Rutland VT. I live in Southeastern Massachusetts, way down in Southeastern Massachusetts, on Cape Cod. So taking a four and a half hour ride to Rutland Vermont is not something that I undertake lightly.

Well, it was worth it! Pine Hill Park has one of the best purpose built trail systems that I’ve ever seen. To say the trails are fun is totally inadequate. To say that they’re well maintained doesn’t even come close. To say that the walled berms on the downhills flow into each other doesn’t compare to actually experiencing them. You have to go there yourself.
                       
On the way into the park you’re welcomed by a friendly “bicycle” sign pointing to the trails. A large signboard at the trailhead has a map of the trails and current information. You’d do best to print out a copy of the map. Intersections come quick and fast and without a map, or a guide, you’ll miss out on many of the best trails.

Pine Hill Park is 300 acres with 16 miles of trails. Owned by the City of Rutland Vermont and managed by the Rutland Recreation Department and the Pine Hill Partnership it’s a co-operative effort by the community, citizens, schools and agencies to create the best possible trail system for everyone to use.

Volunteers have contributed tens of thousands of man, woman and child hours not to mention many thousands of dollars in materials and supplies to build one of the most unique trail networks in the country. Certainly one of, if not the, best trail system entirely within municipal limits.

Spend a few minutes on the Pine Hill Park website and you’ll see what I mean.  Be sure to check out the bridges. They are unlike anything that I, or you, have ever seen out in the woods. The videos will give you an idea of what riding the trails is like.

Riding Pine Hill Park means parking at the Giorgetti Athletic Complex on the west side of town and climbing a hill. Actually, depending on the route that you choose, maybe many hills. When exploring a new area I like to, as much as possible, circumnavigate it, and then fill in the middle. This worked perfectly for me at Pine Hill Park. After some awesome singletrack and some pleasant uphill dirt roads I found myself on the upper portion of ‘Pine Hill’. The singletrack trails here meander around without too much elevation gain or loss for a very long time. On my way back to the start I managed, with a few uphill repeats, to ride all of those fast flowing bermed downhills.
                                                   
A day well spent! And though I live half a day away, the first of many visits to come.

Take a close look at the map and plan your own route. You won’t be disappointed at Pine Hill Park and while you’re out on the trails you’ll marvel at how well built they are. Pay close attention to what they did and how they did it. Then bring that knowledge back to your home trails.
                        
My favorite cross country trails included 999 to Overlook to Stegosaurus to Strong Angel, but really I enjoyed everything. There was not one trail here that I wouldn’t gladly ride again.

My biggest grins came when I combined the downhills Halfpipe and Exit Strategy. A combination I enjoyed so much I did it three times. (I would have done it again if rain hadn’t driven me off the trails.)

I could rave on and on but you won’t believe me until you experience this place yourself. Put Pine Hill Park on your personal bucket list!

Looking for a longer ride? Check out the map for the Carriage Trail. It runs right through Pine Hill Park and can add another 5 miles of somewhat challenging trails to your ride.

Accommodations: Rutland is a thriving metropolis, there are almost too many motels to count and food and drink options are endless.

Nearby: Did I mention that Rutland is only 20 minutes away from Pittsfield Vermont, home of the great Green Mountain Trail system? Why not come for a weekend?  http://www.gmtrails.org/

Bill Boles Read more about Pine Hill Park, Rutland

Links to Relevant Resources

Pages