Rhode Island

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. 

Ride Headquarters RI Gravel Mix Ride

Event Date

6/26/21 7:30pm

Ride the Trail Mix - Gravel Rhode Island Edition! Saturday, June 26

Join us for incredibly beautiful cycling on dirt roads, quiet paved back roads, and gentle dirt trails of Rhode Island and a little bit of Connecticut!

We're offering the two categories that we had at the last Trail Mix: solo/pair and groups of people you know who you put together, and now we've added...

A New Category so you can Ride with New People!

Join other riders of similar speed and gravel cycling ability by opting into this new category! If you choose this option, we will put you in a group of similar cyclists who are likely to be of similar strength and pace. This is a great way to be social, meet new people who you're likely compatible, and share the gravel ride experience with others.

If you've already registered and want to switch into this category, shoot us an email!

 


Ride Details:

  • Ride Type: Remote paved and dirt roads, a few non-technical trails
  • Time & Date: Saturday, June 26. Riders roll out between 7:30 am - 9:00 am
  • Starting Point: West Greenwich, Rhode Island
  • Distance: 103 km
  • Price: $65 - Register Here

Your Registration includes:

  • A fun, well-planned route: You’ll receive a well-vetted route file for your GPS computer, parking directions/instructions.
  • Staffed starting location with friendly faces, water, bike tools, portable toilets.
  • Staffed food stop with water, packaged bike food, Ride Studio Iced Mochas.
  • If you're riding alone, you have the peace of mind knowing there are other riders on the same route.
  • Mechanic support via a roving vehicle.
  • You can ride this with your friends, with new people, or solo so you get the ride situation you enjoy the most.
  • Substantial lunch at the end of the ride of delicious, just-prepared food that will hit the spot!

Chapter

State

Rhode Island

Ride Level

Intermediate
Advanced-intermediate
Advanced

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Patria

qc NEMBA Endurance Series Woody Hill & Burlingame

Event Date

5/26/21 9:00am

QC NEMBA Endurance Series RI Riide at Woody Hill & Burlingame SP.

Scheduled by Quiet Corner NEMBA

Starting location: Prosser Trail, Charlestown, RI 02813

Date & Tine: Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 9 AM EDT – 2 PM EDT

Price: Free · Duration: 5 hr

Attendees: Any member or prospective member of NEMBA.

   But you must have signed NEMBA's Annual Waiver ahead of time.

This will be a long ride. Details to come as we get closer to the date.

Updates will also be posted to this Facebook Page. Read more about qc NEMBA Endurance Series Woody Hill & Burlingame

Chapter

State

Rhode Island

Ride Level

Intermediate
Advanced-intermediate
Advanced

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Serena Dupuis

QC NEMBA RI Endurance Ride

Event Date

10/9/21 (All day)

QC NEMBA RI N-S Trail Endurance Ride

Event by Quiet Corner NEMBA

500 SW Main St, Douglas, MA 01516-2505, United States

Date: Saturday, October 9, 2021 at 6 AM EDT – 6 PM EDT

Price: Free ·

Duration: 12 hr

For:  Anyone you don't have to be a QC NEMBA member.

But you do have to have signed NEMBA's once a year Liability Waiver. 

I know this is a few months off, but if you ever wanted to be stupid and ride this, mark it on your calendar and start planning as it is a challange logistically.
The ride will start on SW Main Street in Douglas, MA and it's about 1.5 miles to the start. It ends at Blue Shutter Beach in Charlestown, RI.
This is a 'go at your own pace' ride - there will be riders I'm faster than and there will be riders that are faster than me - all good - its a ride to finish. If you want to race it, have at it.

This IS NOT a 'no drop' 'wait for the group' ride - you start, you ride, you finish at your own pace.

More details will be provided as the date gets closer and they willalso be posted on this Facebook Page. Read more about QC NEMBA RI Endurance Ride

Chapter

State

Rhode Island

Ride Level

Intermediate
Advanced-intermediate
Advanced

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Serena Dupuis

RI NEMBA DIY Adventure Ride

Date

5/1/21 9:00am to 6/27/21 8:00pm

RI NEMBA DIY Adventure Rode

Virtual Ride offers Rhode Island Mountain Bikers of all abilities a chance to “laugh like a kid again”

Date: May 1st- June 27th

Where: Throughout Rhode Island Fee:

Suggested Donation Info: RI Food Bank www.RINEMBA.com

The Rhode Island chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association (RI NEMBA) is sponsoring a virtual mountain bike fun ride May 1 to June 27.

The outdoor and online event boasts a fun photo contest and raffle for all ages and abilities with the goals of increasing awareness of Rhode Island's many wonderful mountain bike trails, raising funds for the local food bank, and boosting NEMBA membership.

Riders can choose from several routes per area ranging from easy family friendly routes to challenging technical routes.

The event also seeks to highlight areas off the beaten paths: “Our goal is to help get people into areas they may never have gone or have been unsure of the trail network” says Co-organizer Christopher Flanagan.

RI NEMBA member Melissa Soares adds, “The very best days I have had on a bicycle have been the days I have gotten lost in the woods. No particular time schedule or plan just taking a chance on a new trail. There are few times as an adult that we are able to fulfill an adventurous spirit. The feeling of being free and surrounded by nature, is truly one of life’s simple pleasures. This event will do just that, minus the getting lost part! Let us show you the hidden treasures of Rhode Island mountain biking. We promise no matter your age, you will laugh like a kid again!”

In addition there will be an on-line photo contest hosted by juror George Ross.

There are two contests, May is portraiture and June is Landscape. Prizes from REI will be awarded for best in each category.

Participation in the ride is a suggested donation to the RI Food Bank. The ride has an open participation window beginning May 1 and ending June 27.

To participate, go to the ride website www.rinemba.org/diy-adventure-ride-2021 and from there, you can select mapped trail routes to choose from.

Routes vary in length and difficulty from just a few miles to longer technical rides.

Participants can sign up via email to win Prizes which will be awarded at the end of the event.

Rhode Island NEMBA’s mission is to create a positive and inclusive mountain biking culture in Rhode Island. We are dedicated to developing and maintaining access to sustainable, environmentally-friendly mountain bike trails, supporting our members, linking communities, supporting local businesses, and promoting the general health of our local population and the protection of open spaces.

For all info visit us online at www.rinemba.org

   Be sure to sign NEMBA's once-a-year Waiver if you haven't already done so. Read more about RI NEMBA DIY Adventure Ride

Chapter

Rhode Island

Event Leader

Christopher Flanagan
chfphoto@yahoo.com

Rhode Island

Snake Den, Johnston

2321 Hartford Ave
Johnston  Rhode Island  02919
United States

Easy

60%

Moderate

35%

Difficult

5%

Description

Snake Den State Park is a State recreation area in Johnston. It consists of about 1,000 acres and hosts over 15 miles of trails.

It's located on U.S. Route 6. But additional prking can be found at the north end at about 96 Brown Ave.

The park also includes Dame Farm which is close to the northern entrance.

The prak is largely undeveloped and the trails are fun, for the most part not technical and quite enjoyable.

Best trails in Snake Den State Park, Rhode Island | AllTrails   Snake Den State Park | Johnston, RI 02919  First hike of the year! Snake Den State Park - YouTube Snake Den State Park (Johnston) - 2021 All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go  (with Photos) - Tripadvisor Read more about Snake Den, Johnston

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Woody Hill, Bradford

135 Bradford Rd
Bradford  Rhode Island  02891
United States

Easy

20%

Moderate

70%

Difficult

10%

Description

Woody Hill is the common name for three parcels of preserved land in Bradford RI. The Woody Hill Management Area and Westerly Municiaple Land Trust being the largest.

RI NEMBA was asked to develop trails in this area late in 2017. By the spring of 2018 over 20 miles of susatinable trails had been created.

My introduction to the area came on an RI NMBA fun ride. The trails are awesome. Well laid out, lots of hills, some technical features, some flowey singletracks, but overall a well laid out challenging system.

The best place to park is at the Soccer fields on Bradford Road. From there ride to the tree line at the back of the fields to the right and you'll see trails heading into the woods.

Expect to climb, expect to encounter some very interesting trails and expect to smile a lot. Read more about Woody Hill, Bradford

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RINEMBA Weekly Rides

Saturday, June 7, 2014

There are a bunch of rides happening in Rhode Island every week, come check one out!

Ride after work Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights. If evenings don't work for you, come find us on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Tuesday – Burlingame

Ride depends on conditions. Call or email Lennon to confirm.

Ride leader
Lennon Schroeder

401-212-6694

Wednesday nights – Lincoln Woods

This ride is condition dependent. Contact the ride's leader for more information.

The trails at Lincoln Woods are among the best in all of Rhode Island. Join us for a fun no-drop ride.

Ride leader
Brendan Dee

401 335 3163

Thursday nights – Big River

This is a fun no-drop ride, not a race. The ride is held whenever conditions allow.

Contact me for more information or directions.

Normally we divide up into groups depending on how many people show up and how far or fast people want to ride.

Expect to see a lot of people at the start. This is one of Rhode Island's most popular rides. :-)

Ride leader
Alan Winsor

Saturday morning – Big River

This ride is intended to show off one of the most popular riding areas in Rhode Island.

It is a relaxed, newer rider oriented ride intended to be fun, not fast or intimidating. It is always a no-drop ride.

Contact Alan Winsor for more details or any questions that you might have.

Ride leader
Alan Winsor

Sunday morning – Arcadia

This is an intermediate ride but we usually have a relaxed pace group as well. No drop ride.

Midway parking lot at 9am.

Ride leader
John Sumner
JSumner13@yahoo.com Read more about RINEMBA Weekly Rides

Rhode Island

Prudence Island

1 Broadway
Prudence Island  Rhode Island  02872
United States

Easy

70%

Moderate

25%

Difficult

5%

Description

Prudence Island is the largest island in the middle of Narragansett Bay with no bridge. There is daily ferry service from Bristol. The island is about 1.5 miles wide at the widest and about 7 miles long with about 2/3 under conservation or state control. When you look west as you go over the Mount Hope Bridge, you look over Hog to Prudence. From the Newport Bridge looking north, you see it centered in the bay.

 

Prudence is a great place for a day of family riding as long as you .....  Go to the RI NEMBA Webpage. Read more about Prudence Island

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