Northeast MA

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

NS NEMBA Trail Work at Beverly Commons

Date

4/26/14 8:30am to 4/27/14 8:30am

North Shore NEMBA Trail Work Weekend
Saturday April 26 8:30 AM – 3 PM
Sunday April 27 8:30 AM – Noon
Beverly Commons, Greenwood Ave. Beverly MA

Location: Beverly Commons (aka Greenwood) Beverly MA. Meet at Beverly Farms end of Greenwood Ave. at Stone Ridge. Parking at the trailhead is tight. If you find no parking spots, there is plenty of on-street parking on Greenwood closer to Hart St. Please respect the neighbors, driveways, mailboxes, etc.

Map: http://tinyurl.com/mdnb43g

Greenwood has great technical riding and a remote feel for a place so surrounded by civilization. Some of the trails follow lowland routes. Prior projects have addressed some of those and bridged other problem areas.

Project: Build New Trail. This is a sizeable trail addition that will create a dry loop on the east side of the Commons where an existing trail makes an extended tour through a swamp. The terrain is rocky and wild, the route challenging both to build and to ride after completion. There is a considerable amount of tread work, so be prepared to move some stone and do some digging.

Due to the amount of work involved, we have scheduled 2 days to complete the project. It’s best to arrive for an 8:30 AM start on either or both days, but no problem coming later, particularly on Saturday, if that’s what your schedule allows. The walk in, about 15 minutes, will be marked. Given the duration of the project, we are hoping that everyone can participate at some time over the weekend.

Bring work gloves, sturdy footwear, eye protection, and pack in water/snacks. Tools will be supplied but feel free to bring your favorite rock bar, pick mattock, stone hammer, etc.

Lunch will be provided. A ride may take place in the afternoon, weather and ground conditions permitting.

Project will go on in light/moderate rain, but heavy rain may result in rescheduling.

Contact: Dan, trailwork@nsnemba.org or 978-618-8596 Read more about NS NEMBA Trail Work at Beverly Commons

Chapter

North Shore

Event Leader

Dan Streeter
trailwork@nsnemba.org

NS & MV NEMBA Trailbuilding at Winnekenni (Haverill)

Date

4/13/14 8:30am to 1:00pm

North Shore/Merrimack Valley NEMBA Trail Care
Sunday April 13
Winnekenni Park Haverhill MA
8:30 AM – noon

Location: Winnekenni Park, off Route 110 Kenoza Ave. Haverhill MA. Proceed into the park to the second lot. Look for yellow and green NEMBA trailer.

Meeting location map: https://goo.gl/maps/aQIsL

First NEMBA trail building and maintenance day at Winnekenni! A cooperative project for both Merrimack Valley and North Shore NEMBA chapters. Tasks include building a new section of contour trail and maintenance to existing trails. This park has some nice trails now, but with this and some more projects in the works, it will be an even better trail destination for area riders.

Bring gloves, sturdy footwear, eye protection, and water/snacks. Tools will be supplied.

Lunch will be provided, and a ride may take place in the afternoon, weather and ground conditions permitting.

Project will go in light rain, but heavy rain may result in rescheduling.

Contact: Dan, trailwork@nsnemba.org or 978-618-8596 Read more about NS & MV NEMBA Trailbuilding at Winnekenni (Haverill)

Location

Haverhill, MA

Chapter

Merrimack Valley North Shore

Event Leader

Dan Streeter
trailwork@nsnemba.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

Southeast MA

Northeast MA

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 

 

BCT-Map-2017

 

  Read more about Bay Circuit Trail

Links to Relevant Resources

NEMBA COVID-19 Statement

Thursday, April 9, 2020

NEMBA Statement on the COVID-19 Pandemic (updated: 4/9/2020)

NEMBA recommends that all chapters and individuals follow the active public health practices that are set by your local and state public health organizations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re all in this together until the end of the COVID-19 emergency.

All NEMBA rides and events are suspended until state and local public health guidelines indicate resumption of activities are safe.

NEMBA Chapters can and should take advantage of virtual meeting technologies to promote connections in the mountain bike community and maintain basic chapter communications and planning.

We encourage all mountain bikers to heed state and local public health guidelines if you choose to get out and ride.

  • Be safe.
  • Dial it back – you may need to slow down and stop often for others.
  • Be patient with other trail users.
  • Don’t take risks.
  • Ride at off-hours.
  • Avoid crowded trail locations.
  • Avoid crowded parking lots. Park elsewhere and ride to the trail head.
  • Ride from your house to the trails if possible.
  • Ride alone* or with members of your immediate family.
  • Don't ride in large groups.
  • Provide extra physical spacing between riders, ideally >30'.
  • Be friendly and respectful of all trail users’ need for recreation and physical space. Say “Hi!” to other trail users!

*If you must ride alone, please take extra caution for yourself! Take a charged phone and let family/friends know your expected route and time of return.

We are part of a much larger community of people seeking comfort through outdoor recreation right now – we need to do everything we can to make it safe and responsible for all trail users.

This is also a very visible time to demonstrate that mountain bikers are positive, compatible, and integral members of our trail communities. We are all ambassadors – every one of us.


3/17/2020: As of today, NEMBA is recommending that all NEMBA chapters place a hold on all organized in-person meetings, events, and rides until at least April 15th, 2020. We believe this is prudent in light of the overall guidance coming out of local, state, and federal public health organizations to greatly limit groups and minimize contact between individuals. Chapter, or other meetings, that can be conducted via conference call or video conference should absolutely continue. We will re-evaluate this guidance as we get closer to April 15th. Thank you all for doing your part to help slow down transmission of COVID-19!

 

3/14/2020:

Given the recent developments with the Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19), NEMBA’s Executive Board is concerned about the potential health impacts for our membership and the wider community. In an effort to do our part to help mitigate the spread of the virus, our chapters are urged to follow all local, state and federal government public-health guidelines regarding actions that can be taken to staunch the transmission of COVID-19. While not exhaustive, some preventative actions to protect yourself and others include:

· Being vigilant about hygiene: wash your hands often and thoroughly; follow the CDC guidelines.

· Practice social distancing: keep space between you and others.

· Stay at home if you are sick.

· Cover your coughs and sneezes. If you use a tissue, immediately throw the tissue in the trash.

· Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose with unwashed hands.

· Clean frequently touched surfaces regularly.

Please keep apprised of changes during this rapidly evolving situation. Good information can be found at the CDC and WHO sites:

https://www.cdc.gov/

https://www.who.int/

Many municipalities have, or are, enacting restrictions on large gatherings. Chapters should follow these guidelines and make preparations to hold events like chapter meetings via conference call or postpone if necessary. These guidelines should also be followed when considering organizing a group ride. While participation in mountain biking on the trails generally imparts a natural separation of greater than the recommended 6’ distance; we must recognize that there are opportunities for closer contact during check-in, stoppages and pre-post ride social interactions. Everyone should be vigilant on the trails to protect yourself and others. NEMBA is monitoring the public-health guidance and we will make appropriate recommendations regarding regionally organized events. We will communicate any changes to the regional calendar as the situation warrants. We urge everyone to take the needed precautions to protect yourself, your fellow riders and the community at large. Read more about NEMBA COVID-19 Statement

FELLS MTB ACCESS: 2020 AND BEYOND

Date

3/11/20 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Look How Far We’ve Come!

Join us on March 11, 2020 at 6:30 PM at the Winchester Library for an open forum of mountain bikers to discuss ways to improve mountain biking and mountain bike access in the Middlesex Fells.

Greater Boston NEMBA has now met with DCR for two productive meetings resulting from our Fells 2020 & Beyond community gatherings.  At our last meeting with DCR we presented the findings of our focus groups on Trails, Signage, and historic elements of the RPM.  We are pleased to have found common ground for some concrete shared projects that we are ready to advance.  At this next meeting on March 11, we will present a plan for improvements to Dark Hollow Pond Trail.  We want your feedback on our plans before we submit them to DCR.  We have some additional partnership plans to share with you and have high hopes that you will see these plans as an opportunity for you to get involved – and sign up!

Please RSVP to mary@gbnemba.org so we know you’re interested in coming.

  Read more about FELLS MTB ACCESS: 2020 AND BEYOND

Location

Winchester Public Library, 80 Washington St, Winchester, MA 01890

Chapter

Greater Boston

Trail

Event Leader

Mary McCarthy
mary@gbnemba.org

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