Southeast MA

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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SE MA NEMBA Weekly Trailwork series

Date

Repeats every week until Tue Aug 31 2021 .
5/19/21 5:30pm

SE MA NEMBA Wednesday Evening Trailwork Series

Join us on Wednesday evenings through the Spring & Summer and come out to the trailhead on Wednesday nights for a weekly volunteer trail work session!

Each week we will get together and tackle a segment of trailwork or part of a trail project.   

We’ll meet at the Trailhead at 5:30pm, and if you have a busy schedule, come join us anytime after 5:30 and give a hand. 

Each week, look for details on the type of work, where we will be, and what to bring. If we need to cancel a work session, look for that information to be posted on the following page:

https://www.instagram.com/semass_nemba_trailwork/

Weekly Trailwork Details

See you on the trails!

Any questions, please feel free to email me at mtbchris@gmail.com or text at number listed below

   Please Sign NEMBA's Annual Trail Care Waiver ahead of time if you haven't already done so.

Chris Patrick

774 284 2650 mobile

Chapter

SE Mass

Event Leader

Chris Patrick
mtbchris@gmail.com

CC NEMBA Buzzards Bay Bikes Ride

Event Date

Repeats every week 30 times .
5/6/21 (All day)

Buzards Bay Bike Thursday Evening Ride

Thursday is the night we ride.

Expect 5 to 7 miles of riding and about 1.5hrs of saddle time.

"Your only one bike ride away from a better mood".

  Sign NEMBA's annual ride waiver if you haven't already done so.

These rides are emant to be fun.  We'll split upinto groups depending on who wants what.,

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Chapter

State

Massachusetts

Ride Level

All Levels

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Jim Ballantyne

CC NEMBA June Chapter Meeting

Date

6/1/21 (All day)

Cape Cod NEMBA Chapter Meeting

CC NEMBA will be having its next chapter meeting outside.

We'll be meeting at the Hathaway Ponds parking lot in Hyannis.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at 5:30 PM EDT – 8 PM EDT

Join us IN PERSON for our June Chapter meeting at Hathaway's Pond.

Ride is 5:30 -7 all levels. We'll ride at Hathaways and Old Jail Lane.

Meeting from 7pm-8pm.

Details on Food TBD.

Members and non-members are invited to participate.

   Consider joining CC NEMBA if you're not yet a member.

Bring a Bathing Suit, towel and chair!

   Be sure to sign NEMBA's Annual Waiver if you haven't already done so.

  Read more about CC NEMBA June Chapter Meeting

Chapter

Cape Cod

Trail

Event Leader

Frank Merola
fmerola@nemba.org

SE MA NEMBA Member MBAS

Date

9/26/21 (All day)

SE MA NEMBA Members Mountain Bike Adventure Ride

Date: Sunday, Sept 26 at Adam’s Farm in Walpole, MA.

Ride all you want from 10AM - 5PM

Arrowed Routes: Follow 4* mile easy or 12* mile intermediate route.

Led Rides: A variety of rides will go out every hour on the hour from 10AM to 1PM*

Entertainment: Free BBQ, Raffles & Prizes from 1 - 4PM*

Outdoor cash beer garden provided by Castle Island from 1 - 5PM

Cost: $40*,

Advance Ticket Sales only.  No day-of sales. 

Max capacity 250 registered guests.  You must be a member of NEMBA. 

This is a private NEMBA member event. 

Not a member, no problem.  Join at NEMBA.org. 

    More details will follow as we get closer to the event. Read more about SE MA NEMBA Member MBAS

Chapter

SE Mass

Trail

Event Leader

Tom McKenna
tpm0302@gmail.com

SE MA NEMBA Flyway Pond Trail Boardwalk Build

Date

5/2/21 8:30am

SE MA NEMBA Flyway Pond Trail Boardwalk Build

This Sunday May 2nd, we will be continuing trailwork on boardwalks, on the Chickadee Lane Connector to the FlyawayPond Trails, and I'm looking for volunteers. 

The materials for this project are being graciously funded by donations from Town of Easton Residents through our newly established Conservation Trailwork Gift Fund, and by NEMBA.

The plan for this Sunday will be to continue with moving materials in and constructing boardwalks for the entry trail.

Start time:  8:30 AM Sunday  - we will work until 12:00. (there will be more dates forthcoming)

Meet Location: Meet at trail-head located at the corner of Chickadee Lane and Kerry Lane in Easton, MA.

On street parking is the only way to go, please be courteous to the neighborhood when parking.

What to Bring:  A face mask, Wear long work pants & work boots, bring work gloves, and bring eye protection. Please bring your own food and water to drink. 

Anyone that wants to work on the decking crew, and have a battery screw gun please bring it.

If you want to work on the build crew, bring a framing hammer. All other tools will be provided. 

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, NEMBA guidelines require that volunteer group sizes be limited to 10 people max. We will be breaking into 3 separate crews of 10 each. The Covid-19 guidelines set forth by NEMBA can be found here: https://www.nemba.org/news/nemba-covid-guidance-individual-and-group-ridesIn addition I ask that if you feel ill the day of or have any cold-like symptoms, or have been in the presence of someone with an active covid-19 infection in the last 14 days, please dont attend.

Any questions, please feel free to reply to this email, or call me.

   Please Sign NEMBA's Annual Trail Care Waiver ahead of time if you haven't already done so.

Chris

774 284 2650 mobile

 

Chapter

SE Mass

Event Leader

Chris Patrick
mtbchris@gmail.com

SE MA NEMBA Cutler Park Bridge Work

Date

5/2/21 9:00am

SE MA NEMBA Bridge Repair at Cutler Park

Do you love Cutler Park?

Would you be willing and able to help move the decking to and from two bridges, with us? And nail down a nice new deck?

Are you good with a hammer, a crowbar?

You'll like this one.

These bridges are just an accident waiting to happen. If you've ridden here lately you know what I mean.

This coming Sunday morning, May 2, we will be redecking the two smaller bridges in Cutler Park.

The decking is really rotted but the stringers and footings are solid. We should be able to ‘bang out’ both quickly.

If we start at 9, we should be done by 12 at the latest! Meeting on the Blue Heron Trail, at the west end of the long bridge to Powell’s Island, where the lumber will be staged.

Ride or walk out from Kendrick street or Great Plain Ave.

There are a limited number of spots so email or text me to let me know you’ll be there! Or, contact me if you have any questions.

We ESPECIALLY need some young backs and energy to help move the new planks in and the old ones out!

   Be sure to sign NEMBA's annual waiver if you haven't already done so.

    

 

 

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Chapter

SE Mass

Trail

Event Leader

Steve Cobble
cobblestv@gmail.com
781-254-8796

SE MA NEMBA Friday Wompatuck Intermediate Ride

Event Date

Repeats every week 30 times .
5/14/21 (All day)

 SE MA NEMBA Friday Wompatuck Ride

I will be leading a regular intermediate ride at Wompatuck State Park.

   Meet at 5:15. Pedal at 5:30.   Don't be late.

Due to the Pandemic I'll be limiting the number of people who can take part.

Let me know that you're coming.  cobblestv@gmail.com . Or, text me at 781-254-8796.

I will respond with more information.

Well' mee at Wompy's Visitor's Center.

If I don't hear from anyone I may ride someplace else.

Save time by signing NEMBA's Annual Waiver ahead of time. 

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Chapter

State

Massachusetts

Ride Level

Intermediate

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Steve Cobblecobblestv@gmail.com

SE MA NEMBA Blue Hills Ride

Event Date

Repeats every week every Wednesday and every Thursday 20 times .
5/19/21 (All day)

SE MA NEMBA Blue Hills Wednesday Evening Ride

I will be leading a regular intermediate ride on Wednesdays in the Blue Hills.

   Meet at 5:30. Pedal at 5:45.   Don't be late.

Due to the Pandemic I'll be limiting the number of people who can take part.

Let me know that you're coming.  cobblestv@gmail.com . Or, text me at 781-254-8796.

I will respond with the parking location which will change every week.

If I don't hear from anyone I may ride someplace else.

Save time by signing NEMBA's Annual Waiver ahead of time. 

   Let's Ride! Read more about SE MA NEMBA Blue Hills Ride

Chapter

State

Massachusetts

Ride Level

All Levels

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Steve Cobble

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