Northern NH

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. 

WM NEMBA Flatbreads Fundraiser

Date

9/13/21 4:00pm to 8:00pm

White Mountains NEMBA Multi-Use Trails Fundraiser

Bring your family and friends for pizza (or take out) to raise funds for the Mount Washington Valley Multi-use Trail Network. 

Monday, September 13th from 4:00 - 9:00pm at Flatbread Company, North Conway

 

We are also looking for more items for the Silent Auction.

 

There are two ways to Donate:

  1. Call Jean at 603-986-4145 or email   
  2. Bring the item to Flatbreads on September 13th between 4pm-6pm for the silent auction.

Chapter

White Mountains

Event Leader

Jean
jeantheac@gmail.com

FA NEMBA Trail Care Day

Date

8/17/21 5:30pm

FA NEMBA Maintenance Day (evening)

Tuesday August 17th we will be meeting at Old County Road at 5:30 to continue the clearing of the new Pebble Beach.

If you have a pair of loppers and or a weed trimmer we would love to have you join us.

Snacks and beverages to be supplied after.

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Chapter

Franconia Area

Event Leader

Sara Thompson
sara@ironlungendurance.com

WM NEMBA Tuesday Night Trailbuilding

Date

Repeats every week until Tue Sep 28 2021 .
5/18/21 (All day)

White Mountains NEMBA TNT

On Tuesdays at 5:30PM we will meet in different areas, tools are provided.

Our mission is to build, improve and/or rebuild sustainable cross-country trails in the Mount Washington Valley area.

Contact me, Tony Tulip, tulip5nh@hotmail.com .  For the location and details for this week's event.

Let's Build!

 

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Chapter

White Mountains

Event Leader

Tony Tulip
tulip5nh@hotmail.com

WM NEMBA Annual Meeting

Date

5/2/21 (All day)

The White Mountains NEMBA Chapter will host an annual meeting on Sunday, May 2nd at 3pm. It will be an in-person meeting at the Ledge Brewing Company.

Click Here for Facebook notice and complete details.

Social distancing measures will be in place.

Meeting topics:

Land Management Updates

NEMBA Regional Updates

Group Rides

Tuesday Night Trailwork (TNT)

Trail Stewards

ELECTIONS

  • President

  • Vice President

  • Secretary

  • Treasurer

RSVP for Matty B’s Pizza Donated by our own Valley Original Matt Braun

Or RSVP to this email address.

Thank you,

Maryanne Dunfey

Chapter

White Mountains

Event Leader

Maryanne Dunfey
mdunfey@nemba.org

WM NEMBA Women's Ride

Date

Repeats every week every Monday 30 times .
4/19/21 (All day)

White Mountains NEMBA Women's Ride

This ride is for all levels of women at a mellow pace every woman is welcomed!

It's not a race and our goal will be to finish with more smiles than miles.

It's always a no-drop ride and we welcome newer riders.

For more info on this week's ride, including starting time and location, contact Maryanne Dunfey. 

Hope to ride with you soon.   :-)

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Chapter

White Mountains

Event Leader

Maryann Dunfey
mdunfey@nemba.org

Franconia Area Trail Grooming

Thursday, February 18, 2021

 

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Traditionally most winter riding was done on packed snowmobile trails. But more recently NEMBA chapters and others have been grooming trails specifically for fat biking.

Many of us have spent uncounted hours trudging through the woods on snowshoes, packing down the tracks. And then, after exhaustion subsides, we return to ride them.

Several NEMBA chapters have invested in snowdogs while others drag some kind of a weighted sled behind a snowmobile.

But Franconia Area NEMBA and Bob Lesmerises have come up with some innovative ways to groom their trails for fat biking.

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The most interesting of these is dragging a sled using an e-Fat Bike. The bike is a KHS Enduro 1000 which has 14 power settings that can apply just the right amoint of power to get through the trails. The sled which weighs 25 pounds can also be loaded with more when appropriate.

But that’s not all.  FA NEMBA members also use snowshoes and Drift Boards. Drift boards are sort of a cross between skies and a snowboard.

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Bob has been grooming trails near the Franconia Inn for 2 years now. Normally he maintains about 10 miles of trails. But when conditions allow that sometimes expands to 15. There is no charge for riding on these trails.

Especially if you stop every once in a while to make snow angels.

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So far this winter the Franconia area has had a lot of snow, a lot of frequent snow.

Bob estimates that he’s done over 350 miles of grooming so far this season.

He’s usually out very early in the morning so that the trails will have a chance to “set” before they get used.

Once-and-only-once this year so far magic happened. A thaw followed by a freeze turned the snow’s surface into something resembling Styrofoam. No grooming was needed. No trails were needed. You just rode anywhere you wanted. You could even run on top of the snow.

Nearby PRKR Mountain in Littleton. Also grooms Trails. But they favor a snowdog as theirs is much more hilly terrain.

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While other FA NEMBA members use a Rokon.  Which is a two wheel drive motorcycle.

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If you’re north of the notch this winter, Franconia Area NEMBA invites you to stop for a while and enjoy the trails.

Oh! But be sure to come back when the snow season is over. There’s a lot of riding in the Franconia NEMBA area.

 

 

 

 

 

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Franconia Area Trail Collaborations

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Borderlands: A collaboration of emerging and established mountain biking destinations in the area north of the New Hampshire Notches including adjacent Vermont and Maine have been working to establish a coordinated set of riding destinations for visitors to northern New England. Founding institutions include Franconia Area NEMBA and Parker Mountain as well as Kingdom Trails, Circuite Frontieres in East Hereford Quebec, Coos Cycling/Hub North in Gorham NH and Mahoosuc Trails in Bethel Maine and the effort is being coordinated by the Northern Forest Center (link) with a goal of leveraging the MTB cycling as an economic driver of the north country. The brand of “Borderlands” has been chosen to label this collaborative and folks should expect the Borderlands to roll out in the Spring of 1919.

Trail Grants and projects: A collaboration of community leaders and local organizations including FA-NEMBA, The Friends of Profile Trails, Lafayette Recreation, Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country, Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust, and The Profile School have been working to formalize the trail networks in the Franconia, Sugar Hill and Easton Valleys and also to link them to our our adjoin communities of Bethlehem and Littleton. Grant funding has been received through the Mountain Bike Collabroative, the NH Department Education, The Recreational Trail Program, and private donors and work to improve the trails is in progress. A big project seeks to link Franconia Village to Profile School and on to Bethlehem Village as a keynote addition to the emerging Profile Trails network.

New Eateries in the Franconia Village: 2018 saw establishment of several new eateries in the Franconia Village. At the west end of town the Iron Furnace Brewery has been launched. It is at a popular location just down the street from the start of the new Art trail adjacent to the iconic stone furnace viewing area on west main street by route 117. At its launch it is operating on weekends limited by the capacity of the brew master, but expansion is anticipated soon. In the heart of town, the hungry bear café has just opened offering both breakfast and lunch offerings with a good variety of choices and at the East end of town on the Cannon Mountain at the junction of 142 Plain Kates Saloon is a popular new location for dinner and drinks. These compliment Dutch Treat and Chef Joe’s as well as the restaurants and pubs that can be found at our many regional classic England inns Read more about [node:title]

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Profile Trail Network: Franconia Inn Trails

1172 Easton Rd
Franconia  New Hampshire  03580
United States

Easy

30%

Moderate

60%

Difficult

10%

Description

Franconia Inn, Glider Port and Nordic Center is three miles south of the Village Center on route 116. The Nordic center in winter serves as home to the White Mountain Bike Shop in summer.

MTB bicycle network shares sections of the Nordic Ski and snow shoe trail system and some purpose built bike trails. For those seeking adventure these trails also adjoin old forest ways that follow the lower slopes of the Kinsman ridge and hiking biking on old forest ways is permitted by the Forest Service but these trails are not maintained to any standard, are not marked and are not authorized for formal use.

Parking is available at the Inn and a number of beginner and intermediate loops can be followed starting from rating with Birch Run on the opposite side of the airfield.

Maps and guidance is available at the White Mountain Bike shop during the riding season.

The trails around Franconia Inn also connect via Middle Earth and Ians trail back the Lawrence Family Forest and hence to Fox Hill Park.

An additional more advanced single track connection can be followed via Red Flyer on the higher slopes below Mittersill Village.

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Local Shops

Littleton Bike & Fitness

Links to Relevant Resources

Northern NH

Lafayette Trails, Franconia

141 Butterhill Rd
Franconia  New Hampshire  03580
United States

Easy

70%

Moderate

30%

Difficult

0%

Description

Lafayette Trails are a section of National Forest West of I-93 adjoining the Franconia Notch State Park and extending down to exit 36.
 
The trailhead is 100 yards in from the trail head parking off route 141 (Butterhill Road).
 
This land is promoted by the national forest for ungroomed Nordic skiing along the former road bed of route 3 and with several additional loops. These are detailed in a kiosk map at the site.
 
The area is suitable for mountain bikes but the forest service is not maintaining these trails for single track riding. They are suitable for those seeking to explore relatively gentle terrain adjacent to Franconia Notch State Park and bicycles are permitted.
 
This parcel also adjoins the Franconia Notch State Park Extension and may represent a future opportunity for interconnection.

Local Shops

Littleton Bike & Fitness

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