Southeast MA

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. 

Southeast MA

Manuel F. Correllus SF, Edgartown

500 Barnes Rd
Edgartown  Massachusetts  02539
United States
Parking is located a few hundred yards south of this location

Description

At 5300 acres Manuel F. Correllus State Fores occupys a large portion of the center of Martha's Vineyard.

There are about 14 miles of trails in the forest, including a paved bike path that links to many additional parking areas.  See Map.

The dirt trails include miles of wide fire roads and some singletrack trails.

In addition the forest hosts a disc golf course.

In season there is hunting at Manuel F. Correllus. But not on Sundays.

At the time of this writing the trail system is undergoing renovations and an updated map will be posted when the work is completed.

The forest surrounds the Martha's Vineyard airport on three sides. The airport was carved out of the forest during World War II for an auxillary Naval air facility. Read more about [node:title]

Links to Relevant Resources

CC NEMBA Full Moon Beach Ride

Event Date

9/20/21 6:30pm

CC NEMBA Full Moon Fat Bike Beach Ride @ Sandy Neck Beach

Location: Sandy Neck Beach West Barnstable
Sunset 6:41 pm
Ride starts 6:30 - Get there by 6:15.
Bring Lights
Must have Fat Bike (3.8's or bigger recommended)
Roughly 2 hour ride for beginners, up to 12 miles. The intermediate ride, up to 15 miles, will be about 3 hours if they choose to do the "backside Trails".

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

   This will be awesome!   Be there!

 

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Chapter

State

Massachusetts

Ride Level

All Levels

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Frank Merola

SE MA NEMBA Bridge Build @ Adams Farm

Date

9/18/21 9:00am

SEPT 18, 9AM - Noon

SEMASS NEMBA Trail Day at Adams Farm

We are looking for volunteers to help with a Bridge build on the Orange Trail at Adams Farm.  This new bridge will be about 40’ long, 3’ wide, and will span a small stream that crosses the trail.

We will cut the lumber on-site then use a truck to take the lumber to the trailhead.  From there, we will need to hike in the lumber about 1,000’ to the work site.

Meeting at the barn at Adams Farm at 9AM.  We should be completed by noon. 

   999 North Street, Walpole

There will be food and a fun ride afterwards, covering your favorite Adams Farms trails as well as some adjacent lesser known terrain in Medfield!

About the location: This stream crossing has a technical rock crossing and a mud pit.  The bridge will cross the mud and leave the technical rock option.

Please bring cordless impact drivers (with your name on them), gloves, hiking boots and some water.

Please email me at george@georgelester.com or Tom McKenna at tom@tomandshan.com if you can attend.

   Hope to see you on October 3rd. 

Let's Make Adams Farm's Trails Better.

If you haven't already done so, sign NEMBA's Annual Waiver before the event. Read more about [node:title]

Chapter

SE Mass

Trail

Event Leader

George Lester
george@georgelester.com

CC NEMBA Chapter Meeting & Ride

Date

9/7/21 5:30am

Cape Cod NEMBA September Chapter Meeting & Ride

We will be having our September ride/meeting at the West Barnstable Conservation Area on Tuesday 9/7.

There will be mellow, internediate and advanced rides starting at 5:30.

The meeting (short) will be at 7:30 PM. AT the WBCA's Race Lane parking lot.

     1590 Race Lane, Marstons Mills.

  CC NEMBA will have pizza, BYO liquids.

SInce daylight ends around 7:30, you may want to bring a light if you have one. (Just in case.)

   A folding chair might be a good idea too.

For the rides, try to be there by 5:15, so that we can get the rides going at 5:30.

If you haven't already signed NEMBA's Annual Waiver.  Please do so ahead of time.

Look forward to seeing you there.   :-)

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Chapter

Cape Cod

Trail

Event Leader

Frank Merola
fmerola@nemba.orgt

SE MA NEMBA Clip & Ride @ Wompatuck

Date

9/7/21 5:30pm

Wompatuck State Park Clip & Ride

We will have a fun ride and focus on trimming back the trails befroe the Landmine Classic.

On 9/7 we'll do a  trim and clear. Here's your chance to preview the course.

Meet at the Visitor's Center.

Bring your bike, hand clippers or a folding saw if you have them. Also bug spray.

If enough riders show up we may split into groups.

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

Hope to see you on the 7th.

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Chapter

Six Rivers

Trail

Event Leader

Jeff Wilson
jeffrey2u@icloud.com

SE MA NEMBA Borderland Trail Reroute

Date

10/9/21 9:00am to 1:00pm

What: Borderland Trail Reroute

When: Saturday, October 9th 9:00am

Where: Borderland State Park. We will be meeting at the Ridge Trail trailhead along Mountain Road. (596 Mountain St. Sharon) Parking along Mountain Road is very limited. We will have to shuttle some volunteers from nearby Oliver Ames High School.

Contact: John Refford 617.851.0407

Details:
We will be rerouting the Granite Trail where it connects to Ridge Trail. The existing trail is a blown out climb and we will be creating new single track to replace the existing route. 

   We will be following NEMBA's Covid guidance.: 

Bring safety glasses, work gloves, suitable footwear, pants (not shorts), bug spray, water and a snack

Sign NEMBA's online waiver before attending if you haven't already done so.

 

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Chapter

SE Mass

Trail

Event Leader

John Refford
john@refford.com

SE MA NEMBA August Chapter Meeting

Date

8/24/21 7:00pm

SE MA NEMBA Chapter Meeting & Ride

The Chapter meeting next Monday August 23 will be held at the Wompatuck State Park Visitors Center.  There will be a pre-meeting group ride at 5 PM.  Depending on the weather we may have the meeting outdoors.  Attendees should bring folder chairs if possible.    Also, bring a mask in case we should have to head indoors.

The items to be discussed are below.  We are proposing to hold a Chapter election at the September SEMass meeting.  To accomplish this we will need to formally schedule the election, appoint an impartial person to run the election, and solicit candidates to run for the vacant president and vice president officer positions. 

If there is someone who wishes to run for the treasurer or secretary positions, which are currently filled, the election will be expanded to cover those positions.   

  If you are interested in running for an officer's position, but can't make the meeting, let me know by email.  

Our June meeting minutes will be sent to SE MA NEMBA members by email.

Hope to see you on Monday,

   Peter

Agenda topics will include:

—Accepting nominations for our next officer’s ELECTION which will be at our September meeting

—Tom McKenna’s progress update on the upcoming Adams Farm MembaFest

—Steph Beaudoin’s update on next year’s Carrabassett Women’s Summit

—possible installations of bicycle work stands, at Borderland and in BlueHills

—Park updates throughout the chapter

—Exciting updates on regional NEMBA

Some will be riding before the meeting

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Chapter

SE Mass

Trail

Event Leader

Peter Williams
peterjwilliams313@gmail.com

CC NEMBA Trail Build @ CCCC

Date

9/15/21 8:30am

Cape Cod NEMBA Trail Build at CCCC

We are looking for a few volunteers for a trail work day at Cape Cod Community College.

We will create a 0.6-mile connector trail along the wooded area north of the College.

This trail will add to the extensive Old Jail Lane trail system.

The trustees would like us to provide a list of names of volunteers in advance.

Please comment on this Facebook Page if you can attend.

   Or email Frank Merola at

You don't have to be a NEMBA member to attend. 

But everyone must have signed NEMBA's Annual Waiver.

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Chapter

Cape Cod

Trail

Event Leader

Frank Merola
fmerola@nemba.org

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