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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

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GB NEMBA Kids Mountain Bike Festival

Event Date

10/20/19 9:00am to 1:00pm

Come celebrate all things kids and bikes at the GBNEMBA Kids Mountain Biking Festival.  The festival will be held at Mary Cummings Park, 16 Blanchard Rd, Burlington.  (Across from 8 Blanchard Rd.)

Enjoy biking, arts & crafts, food and much more. 

** Mary Cummings Park is also home to the RC Flyers, an organization that flys remote controlled planes.  The group has offered kids 12+ the chance to fly a beginner plane.  Our rides / arrowed loops will swing by the field so you can see the planes in action.  **

Schedule of Events

  • 9:00am - 11:00am:  Sign-in
  • 9:45am : Led Rides
  • 10:15am: Led Rides 
  • 11am - 1pm:  Skill building on skinnys, low jumps, etc.
  • 11:30am: Balance Bike Race
  • 11:45am: Bike Limbo Contest
  • 10am - noon:  Arts and Crafts (including Pumpkin Decorating)
  • Noon:  BBQ lunch provided by Cycle Loft
  • 12:30pm:  Swag raffle (must be present to win)
  • 12:45pm : Raffle for Kids!! (must be present to win) 

We will have a short coned course perfect for training wheels and balance bikes.  

The led Kids Rides are designed for children ages 5-15.  Based on the skill levels of the participants, we will break into two groups: one for kids who have more experience with riding, and a second group for beginners.  All we ask is no training wheels on the led rides BUT we will have a short marked course for training wheels.

No preregistration is required.  If you have any questions about the Kids’ Rides please contact Andrea Jones.

GBNEMBA Kids Ride Series

  • May 5 - (Sunday) MBAS @Fells / Kids Ride
  • June 1 - (Saturday) Burlington Town Day @LLF / Kids Ride
  • July 14 - (Sunday) Kids Ice-cream Ride @GBF
  • Aug 18 - (Sunday) @Rock Meadow - Belmont
  • Sept 21 - (Saturday) Ice-cream Reboot Kids Ride @Dow **Joint GB / NS NEMBA**
  • Oct 20 - (Sunday) Mountain Bike Kids Festival @Mary Cummings Park
  • Dec 1- (Sunday) Toys for Tots / Kids Ride @Fell

Why we offer rides:  These rides allow children to have fun while enjoying the outdoors and getting some fitness.  In addition to learning some biking skills, kids are taught respect for the parks, trails, and other trail users.  The rides are well staffed and every safety precaution will be observed.  Parents are welcome on the ride but not required. 

Riders (parents and kids) must have a serviceable bike, properly fitted helmet, and water for the ride.  All riders must wear closed-toed shoes - no flip flops or sandals.  Read more about GB NEMBA Kids Mountain Bike Festival

Location

**New Location - Mary Cummings Park - Blanchard Rd, Burlington**

Chapter

State

Massachusetts

Ride Level

All Levels

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Andrea Jones

Kona Bicycles MTB Adventure Ride at the Middlesex Fells

Date

5/7/17 9:00am to 4:00pm

Come Ride and Support the Middlesex Fells Reservation!

Join Greater Boston NEMBA in the celebration of 29 years of advocacy to normalize access to singletrack in the Fells and help us raise money to improve trail conditions at the Fells. The Fells Kickoff is part of the Kona Bicycles MTB Adventure Series — events designed to raise funds for  parks and charities, which is why there is an admission fee to the MBAS events. We are delighted to partner with MTB Adventure Series to advance conservation and sustainability efforts in the Fells. Group rides will be leaving throughout the day or you can ride with your friends on a fully arrowed course.

Industry Expo
Back Bay Bicycles, Cannondale Sports Group, Cycle Loft, JRA Cycles and Wheelworks will be in attendance.

CycleLoft will once be firing up their grills and providing some tasty lunch!
 
Where: Middlesex Fells - Flynn Rink (300 Elm St., Medford MA)

When:  Saturday, May 6th, 2017, 9:00am-3:30pm
Cost:    NEMBA Members $10;  Non-members $25;  Renewing or joining NEMBA Free;
            All kids 15 and under ride free with a registered parent or guardian.
 
Event Schedule  THE FELLS EVENT IS CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN.
9:00 Registration Opens
10:00 Advanced ride
10:30 Intermediate ride
10:00 Kids ride
10:15 Intermediate ride
10:30 InterMellow ride
11:00 Beginner ride
12:00 Lunch
12:30 Raffle give away
1:00 Intermediate ride
3:00 event close

  Read more about Kona Bicycles MTB Adventure Ride at the Middlesex Fells

Location

Middlesex Fells Reservation, Flynn Rink

Chapter

Greater Boston Merrimack Valley North Shore

Trail

Event Leader

Rick Forzese
rick@rickforzese.com

GBNEMBA/DCR 2016 Toys for Tots Social Ride / Kid's Ride and Campfire Social

Event Date

11/27/16 10:00am to 2:00pm
Come join GBNEMBA and DCR at our annual Toys for Tots ride and campfire social on Sunday, November 27, 2016 at DCR's Botume House in Stoneham, MA. This year in addition to our social ride we will also lead a Kid's Ride. Both rides start at 10am. After the rides we will warm up around the campfire enjoying smores and hot beverages. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy suitable for ages 0-2 or 9-12. Please no weapon-like toys or toys with food. 4 Woodland Road, Stoneham, MA

Chapter

State

Massachusetts

Ride Level

All Levels

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Andrea Jones

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!

GB NEMBA Trail Day at LandLocked Forest

Date

11/7/15 8:30am to 12:30pm

It's time to get to work making some improvements to the trails at Landlocked Forest.

When:  Saturday,  November 7th 2015
Time: 8:30am - 12:30pm
Where:  Burlington Landlocked Forest,   42 Turning Mill Road, Lexington.

Please come and join us this Saturday for a few hours.  Lunch, water, gloves and instruction provided.

Thanks,

Maciej Sobieszek

Location

Landlocked Forest

Chapter

Greater Boston

Trail

Event Leader

Maciej Sobieszek
maciej@gbnemba.org

GBNEMBA Dark Hollow Pond Project, Middlesex Fells

Date

4/27/14 8:00am to 4:00pm

DCR has green-lighted phase 1 of DARK HOLLOW POND TRAIL. Everyone remember this - this is what catalyzed us all in 2009 to fight for equitable access to singletrack in the Fells and culminated in the release of the Fells Resource Management Plan which granted that access for mountain biking in the Fells. The RMP designated Dark Hollow Pond as to become legal for MTB and we've been working through the process with DCR since the RMP was released to get to this point. So save the date: Sunday, April 27th, 2014. 8am to 4pm. Come help finish what we all started! Stay tuned for an event page with exact details

Meet up: Kiosk at upper Sheepfold Lot

When: 8am-4pm
What to wear: Clothes and shoes suitable for working in the woods, closed-toes shoes/boots, work gloves, water.

We will be providing lunch and extra water.

Location

Upper Sheepfold Parking Lot Kiosk @ Fells

Chapter

Greater Boston

Trail

Event Leader

Adam Glick
adam@gbnemba.org

Volunteer Appreciation Night at Harpoon Brewery

Date

2/19/14 7:00pm to 8:30pm

NEMBA Volunteers:

If you spent any time building trail, leading rides or volunteering at any NEMBA event last year, WE WANT TO THANK YOU, at the Visitors Center and Beer Hall at Harpoon Brewery in South Boston (306 Northern Avenue,Boston, MA), on Wednesday, February 19th, from 7:00 pm to 8:30pm. Pizza and Harpoon's finest and cool give aways!

See more about the new beer hall here:

http://www.harpoonbrewery.com/news/589/New-Visitor-Center-and-Beer-Hall-Now-Open
— at Harpoon Brewery.

Chapter

Blackstone Valley Cape Cod Greater Boston Merrimack Valley North Shore SE Mass Wachusett

Event Leader

Rick Forzese
rick@rickforzese.com

Metrowest MA

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.

  Read more about Trout Brook, Holden

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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.

Colton Road Conservation Area MTB Loop - Massachusetts | AllTrails

Colton Road Conservation Area MTB Loop - Massachusetts | AllTrails

JCXC: Rayburn Trails AKA Colton Road Conservation Area (Millbury, MA)

Colton Road Conservation Area MTB Loop - Massachusetts | AllTrails

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