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NEMBA COVID Guidance for Rides & Trail Care Events

Friday, April 9, 2021

NEMBA COVID recommendations for NEMBA rides & trail care sessions

 

As the warm weather approaches and trails dry out, we recognize that there is an increased demand for group rides and trail work days. Please consider the guidelines 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:

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

  • Ensure you have a participant list with contact information in case contract tracing efforts are needed. This is a requirement.

  • Try to keep groups to 10 or less. Split larger groups as necessary. 

  • Wear a mask and maintain social distancing.

  • Respect the wishes of volunteers who request a more strict approach. Every individual has their own risk tolerance.

  • All participants must also sign the NEMBA Annual Waiver.

  • Email office@nemba.org with information of any upcoming events.

  • Very importantly, all guidelines still apply irregardless of any individual’s vaccination status.

 

Background:

Out of an abundance of caution most NEMBA chapters put a hold on Trail Care days and Group Rides as the Covid-19 Pandemic escalated. As vaccination efforts continue, and studies suggest extremely low transmission rates while outdoors, NEMBA looks forward to resuming trail work days and group rides. Recently, it seems like everyday one or more of the New England states relax their recommendations and guidelines. Their overriding concern though, of course, is still safety. NEMBA must follow at least the minimum guidelines set by each state. But these state guidelines vary in their directives. So, we have developed recommendations that support the cautious resumption of group rides and trail care sessions. See state by state restrictions at the links below.

 

NEMBA Recommendations for Group Rides

  • Group rides are allowed in all New England states. The permitted size of those groups varies. NEMBA is recommending group sizes of 10 people or less. When more than 10 people are expected our recommendation would be to divide up into smaller groups. This reduces interruptions to other trail users and helps keep things safe and fun. But we leave it to local chapters and their ride leaders to determine what is best for them.

  • If you anticipate more than 10 attendees to a ride, break into smaller groups and physically disperse the groups (example: direct one group to the north end of the parking area, the other to the south etc. Or, plan different meet-up locations for the groups. Your goal is to avoid creating a large congregation of people in the same area)

  • NEMBA requires using some method of rider registration or participant recording so that in the event of needing to track an individual’s contacts, you can provide that information. Please record the name and phone or email for each participant. 

NEMBA offers Eventbrite registration, with a Covid-19 questionnaire for any individual or chapter that wishes to use it. But Eventbrite is just one option. Many chapters just keep a record of attendees. Either by pre-signing up people or taking names and email addresses at the ride. 

  • Maintaining at least 2 bike lengths between each rider ensures physical distancing.

  • If the ride stops for any reason, encourage social distancing there as well and mask up.

  • Wear masks when gathering (at the start of the ride, working on a trailside repair, etc.)

  • Ride with a mask at the ready so that you can quickly put it on if you come across other trail users where you can’t maintain a social distance of at least 6’. Or better yet, leave it on. While a mask is primarily a courtesy to others, it also provides protection for 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. Say hello, but give everyone space.

  • For now, don’t linger together in groups before or after rides. We can get our “social” back on when the pandemic diminishes further. This also means no social food gatherings after rides for now.

  • Try not to overwhelm a riding area. If a riding area is busy, try to find an alternate time or location to ride.

  • Respect parking regulations. Parking has become a problem at many riding areas due to the influx of new trail users. 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.

  • Bring hand sanitizer, cleaning wipes, etc. Most states require providing sanitizing materials at events.

  • 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.

  • All the above health and safety guidelines still apply irregardless of any individual’s vaccination status

  • When a NEMBA chapter wants to schedule a group ride, send an email to . That way your event will be covered by NEMBA’s insurance.

  • All participants must also sign the NEMBA Annual Waiver

  

Currently, larger group events (MBAS, etc) are on hold. Some chapters have begun planning for fall 2021, but most states currently restrict large events. Further guidelines will be developed as needed to accommodate for larger events.

 

NEMBA Recommendations for Trail Care Events

  • Limiting trail care groups to 10 people or less. If a larger group shows up, please split into small groups. Ensure there are enough volunteer leaders to manage demand.

  • NEMBA requires using some method of participant recording so that in the event of needing to track an individual’s contacts, you can provide that information. Please record the name and phone or email for each participant.

NEMBA offers Evenbrite registration, with a Covid-19 questionnaire for any individual or chapter that wishes to use it. But Eventbrite is just one option. Many chapters just keep a record of attendees. Either by pre-signing up people or taking names and email addresses at the ride.

  • Embrace social distancing. Spread out and work on different parts of the trails.

  • Wear a mask, especially when it is not possible to maintain at least 6’ of distance between participants.

  • Bring hand sanitizer, cleaning wipes, etc. Encourage participants to bring their own gloves and tools if possible. Minimize the sharing of tools, and clean between use.

  • Advance sign up or, events run by invitation only, could be used to put limits on numbers.

  • Minimize pre- and post- event socializing. This also means no social food gatherings after trail care events for now.

  • 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.

  • All the above health and safety guidelines still apply irregardless of any individual’s vaccination status

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

  • All participants must sign the NEMBA Annual Waiver

 

State by State Guidance 

Connecticut Covid Response          CT DEEP Response

Maine Covid-19 Response             Maine Bureau of Parks

Massachusetts Covid-19                Mass DCR Guidance

New Hampshire Covid-19              NH State Parks

Rhode Island Covid Information     RI DEM Guidance

Vermont Covid-19 Guidance          VT State Parks

 

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GBNEMBA 2017 Weekly Ride Series

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

GBNEMBA's 2017 weekly ride series has started, weather and conditions permitting. Come ride with us!

  1. Monday Night Beginner/Novices ride at Beaver Brook North on Lexington/Waltham. This series is aimed at *new* MTB'rs with little or no experience riding singletrack.
  2. Wednesday Night Social Ride at the Fells. Open to all - no drop, multiple groups (Mellow, Intermediate, Advanced)- social and fun!
  3. Thursday Night Social Ride at the Landlocked Forest. Open to all - no drop, multiple groups (Mellow, Intermediate, Advanced)- social and fun!
All of the adult rides start time is 6:00pm and rides go out by 6:15pm. Please be prompt and ready to go. All rides require helmets. Rain policy: drizzle/passing showers/light rain won't cancel the ride. Steady rain and/or thunder & lighting will cancel. If the weather is questionable, look for information on the GB Rides Facebook page or contact the ride leader.

Check out our Monthly Calendar for all of our upcoming events, rides and chapter meetings.

You can also stay informed about the latest happenings by joining GBNEMBA's Facebook Group and our GBNEMBA Rides Facebook page.  We hope to see you on the trail!

Always be an ambassador for our sport! Best practices include:
  • Slow down when you see other riders, hikers, or animals.
  • Pass other trail users at about their speed - be courteous and talk to them
  • Ride through the center of a mud patch or puddle, NOT around it.
  • Ride over an obstacle, NOT around it.
  • If you can't ride over an obstacle, get off and walk it - stay on the trail.
  • Do not make new routes or trails.
  • Do not build stunts.
  • Do not skid, spin out, or fishtail - uphill nor downhill.
  • Always offer to yield the right of way.
  • Be friendly - say hi to other trail users!

BV NEMBA MBAS Ride @ West Hill Dam

Date

10/24/21 (All day)

BV NEMBA Mountain Bike Adventure Series Ride @ West Hill Dam

The event will feature arrowed routes that will include all of the familiar trails along with a mile of new trail and a few new trail features.

        The information below is from a prior event. It will be updated before 10/24.

Duration: 5 hr

Registration opens at 9am.

Park at the main HQ parking lot. 518 E Hartford Ave E In Uxbridge, MA.

You will be led through the gate for more parking when the regular lots are full. Parking will be tight. Car or truck pool if possible.

There will be led rides as well as marked loops for riders of all abilities.

Demo Bikes from a variety of dealers will be present.

The loops will be arrowed and are available for preview on Trailforks. The routes will consist of an 11 mile main loop. Heroes who need more can do it twice at no extra charge. A medium loop at 8 miles long. A demo loop at 4 miles long and a kids loop at 1.25 miles. 

This will be a benefit ride. The money will go back to working the trails in and around the valley. Donations will also be accepted.

Thank you and we hope you enjoy your ride! Read more about BV NEMBA MBAS Ride @ West Hill Dam

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Trout Brook, Holden

1420 Manning St
Holden  Massachusetts  01522
United States

Easy

40%

Moderate

45%

Difficult

15%

Description

The Trout Brook Recreation area is a 660 acre conservation parcel managed by the Town of Holden.

The parking area above on Manning Street is just a few hundred yards north of the Mass Central Rail Trail.

The best description of the are is on the Town's website.  But note: The address is incorrect. 

In addition to trails, the recreation area also has a picnic area and lodge which can be rented.

There are trails on both sides of Manning Street. All the trails are fun to ride and easy to follow. A few will challenge you technically but for the msot part they are perfect for mixed ability rides.

In all there are over 16 miles of trails.

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Rayburn, Millbury

12 Rayburn Dr
Millbury  Massachusetts  01527
United States

Easy

20%

Moderate

60%

Difficult

20%

Description

The Rayburn Trails located in Millbury Massachusetts offer some of the most enjoyable convoluted riding experience anywhere.

Its formal name is the Colton Road Conservation Area and it abuts the 179 acre Martha Deering WMA.

In total the two imterlinked properties hold over 24 miles of moderatly technical trails most of which are in the 59 acre Colton Road Area.

The best descriptions of these trails are on the maps at the top of this page.

You'll enjoy riding here, but expect to test your tech riding skiils.

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Delaney Flood Control Site, Harvard, Bolton, Stow

58 Finn Rd
Harvard  Massachusetts  01451
United States

Easy

40%

Moderate

50%

Difficult

10%

Description

The Delaney Wildlife Management area consists of 577 acres of conservation land originally designed as a flood control project.

It's frequently referred to as the Delaney Flood Control Project it's managed by the Massachusett Department of Fisheries and Wildlfie.

The trails are really fun.

The best place to park is on Finn Road in Harvard. From here you'll find trails on both sides of the road. 

The area north of Finn Road is larger and consists of some very smooth flat trails and also intermediate and a few advanced trails. I'd recommend that beginners and families try these trails first.

Alternative parking for the flattest/easiest of these trails starts at the boat ramp parking lot.

The area south of Finn Road is more technical, though not overly so. You'll enjoy riding over a lot of roots, but there are no big drops.

One trail has a steep downhill/uphill at a bridged stream crossing. A few trails end in dead ends at private property boundaries, but most loop around.

The best maps of the area as well as the best description and some great pictures of the area are on this PAGE.

Whether you're looking for a scenic fun ride or moderatly technical challenges you'll find it at Delaney.

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Bay Circuit Trail

1 Plum Island Turnpike
Newburyport  Massachusetts  01950
United States

Easy

35%

Moderate

50%

Difficult

15%

Description

The Bay Circuit Trail

The Bay Circuit Trail, formerly known as the Bay Circuit Path is about 230 miles long. Although this changes constantly due to land ownership changes and new opportunities. It runs from Newburyport's Plum Island to Duxbury's Harbor running through 38 towns and linking 57 Greater Boston communities.

Most responsible for today's Bay Circuit Trail is Alan French, a North Andover resident, who working with a host of volunteers created, planned, marked and most importantly got permissions for mouch of what we now enjoy.

Today the trail is managed by the Appalachian Mountain Club and the Trusttes of Reservations.

   Little know fact: The "original" Bay Circuit Path, in the early part of the 20th century, was conceived of as a motorway linking pastoral unpaved roadways for automobile use. The world has certainly changed since then.

The Bay Circuit Trail is mostly located between the Route 495 and 128 Beltways, It runs from sea leavel to sea level with a maximum elevation of 602 feet at Nobscot Hll in Framingham Some sections of the trail are on pavement, but the majority of it is trail.

The trail passes through an almost innuerable number of conservation parcels, parks and State forests.

Most of the Bay Circuit Trail is open to bikes. But there are a few exceptions. 

   One exception is the Nobscot Scout Reservation on Sudbury and Framingham. This includes most of the of the section of the trail between Brimstone Lane and Route 20 and includes both Nobscot Hill & Tipping Rock. The biking alternate is going north on Bay Circuit trail is north (downhill) on Brimstone Lane and east on Route 20.  Going South, from Tippling Rock Trailhead, go west on Route 20 and south (uphill) on Brimstone Lane.

   Other exceptions include certain trails on Sudbury Valley Trustees properties and Audubon's Moose Hill Sanctuary in Sharon.

NEMBA has a long history of volunteerism on the Bay Circuit.  To see a list of these type Bay Circuit into the search box at the top of this page.

    Riding the Bay Circuit Trail

Most people riding in their favorite areas in this corridor observe Bay Circuit Trail markers. But few people try to ride the whole thng. Check the maps. You may find that you can link a few of your favorite riding areas using trails that you've nvere explored. Many times people will park vehicles at two places on the Trail and ride between them. Over time they may ride the whole thing. I am aware of a few pwople who have done the whole thing, with the exceeption of a few no-bike restrictions, in one ride. But, they normally do some rough camping or stay at motels along the way.

When exploring the Bay Circuit Trail you'll go through many conservation areas and pass an uncountable number to trail junctions. Giving you a perfect opportiunity to explore.

The map at the top of the page links you to the Newburyport, or northern end of the trail at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. Here's a more detailed MAP.

The southern end is located at the Bay Farm Preserve located at 55 Loring Street in Dxbury.  You'll fid a map of this area HERE. Note: You can actually do a loop ride at this end of the trail 

 

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Ashland Town Forest

113 Winter St
Ashland  Massachusetts  01721
United States

Easy

50%

Moderate

40%

Difficult

10%

Description

At 616 acres and incorporating parts of Ashland and Framingham ATF's 7+ miles of trails offer hardwood forests, stone outcroppings and wetlands.  The trails can be wet in early spring, but dry out quickly.

The Bay Circuit Trail runs through the ATF and it's managed by the Ashland Town Forest Committee

Local mountain bikers that ride the ATF refer to it as a hidden gem. It's great place to get 8-10 loopy miles.

It's fun with a few punchy climbs but mostly flat.

ATF is a great place to ride. Explore it once, and you'll be back. Read more about Ashland Town Forest

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