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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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NEMBA Trail School @ Goodwin State Forest

Monday, May 19, 2014

Riders and trail enthusiasts from an array of organizations gathered at Goodwin Conservation Center in Hampton, Connecticut for NEMBA's annual two-day course in trail design, construction and maintenance.

In addition to riders from numerous NEMBA chapters from Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut, participants came from the Connecticut Parks & Forests Association, the Central CT Regional Planning Agency, the Friends of Goodwin State Park, Greenfield Trails Association (NH), Londonderry Trails (NH) and even as far away as the Gennesee Region Offroad Cyclists (Rochester, NY).

In the NEMBA tradition of "work hard, play harder", the course featured not only classroom instruction but outdoors hands-on build clinics as well as an epic ride on the extensive trail system that encompasses Goodwin State Forest and Natchaug State Forest.

“Our trail school is key to increasing our capacity to improve and build more trails,” commented NEMBA director, Philip Keyes. “I’m confident that everyone who attended this year’s class will go on to put on their own trail care events and help us build a better New England for trails and trail-based recreation in all its forms.”

Our thanks to the supportive staff at the Goodwin Conservation Center and the CT Department of Energy & Environmental Protection for opening their doors to us and allowing us to camp out -- the evening bonfire was great!  We also thank the Friends of Goodwin State Forest for helping with project locations. Lastly, a huge shout-out of thanks to our NEMBA instructors, Paula Burton, Adam Glick, Maciej Sobieszek and Mike Tabaczynski, and to our ride leaders, Stacey Jimenez and Glenn Newcombe.

If you missed out, mark your calendars now for the May 21-22, 2015.

HV NEMBA Chapter Meeting & Ride

Date

5/19/21 5:30pm

Housatonic Valley NEMBA Chapter Meeting & Ride

MAY 19, 2021 at 7:00 pm Rockhouse – West Lot of Oxford High School

Social distance ride at 5:30 pm; wheels down at 5:45 pm 

Meeting Agenda

1. Treasurer’s Report – Lori • Socks total donation and cost summary • Budget for 2021 – Finalize

2. Secretary’s Report – Lisa (vote on minutes from last meeting)

3. Chapter leadership and Transition

4. New Business • Chapter Event in AUG - Joe • Newsletter/Mail chips – Chris Del Sol - • Event possibly on SAT, AUG. 28 – Rockhouse or other HVNEMBA area,

5. Old Business • Socks – Status – Kathy Herde • Kent area trails – • Tools

6. Trail reports • Woodbury- Bill • Waldo – Andy • Upper Paugussett – Mark • Lower Puagussett - Mark • Quillinan - Lisa • Rockhouse – Joe & Dave

7. Rides – Maria • Schedule ? • Next meetings JUNE _______ • Set up a schedule of meetings for rest of year

   Be sure ti sign NEMBA's Annual Waiver if you haven't already done so. Read more about HV NEMBA Chapter Meeting & Ride

Chapter

Housatonic Valley NEMBA

Trail

Event Leader

Lisa Bilodeau
hipchick85@sbcglobal.ne

HV NEMBA Chapter meeting & Ride

Date

5/19/21 (All day)

HV NEEMBA May Chapter Meeting & Ride

Housatonic Valley NEMBA will be having its May Chapter Meeting on 5/19.

Wheels will roll starting at 5:45 PM from the parking lot at the Oxford High School located at 61 Quaker Farms Road.

   We have special permission to ride from there for this event.

The meeting will start at 7:00 PM.  If you can't make the ride, you can still come to the meeting.

Bring a folding chair and a non-alcoholic drink.  (It's a school after all.) 

In the event that it rains the meeting will be by Zoom. Details will be sent to you.

Please RSVP to let us know that you're coming. 

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

  Read more about HV NEMBA Chapter meeting & Ride

Chapter

Housatonic Valley NEMBA

Event Leader

mark Lurie
eatsleepfish@gmail.com

HV NEMBA TrolleyTrails Trail Build

Date

5/30/21 (All day)

Housatonic Valley NEMBA Trail Build @ Trolley Trails

Come add some miles to new trail on Tuttle Rd trail.

Please bring buff or mask and wear sturdy workboots and good pair of gloves.

We'll meet on Tuttle Road in Woodbury at 9:00 and be done by Noon.

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

Contact me, Bill Lake for more information Read more about HV NEMBA TrolleyTrails Trail Build

Chapter

Housatonic Valley NEMBA

Event Leader

Bill Lake
wlake40@yahoo.com

HV NEMBA Trolley Trail Expansion

Date

5/30/21 (All day)

Housatonic Valley NEMBA Trail Build @ Trolley Properties

We are extending the Trolley property trail on Tuttle Road in Woodbury that we built last fall.

Bring gloves, bug spray and water. Rakes, and loppers would be good if you have them.

Bring a mask or a gator that you can pull up if you're in close contact with others.

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

For more information and the exact starting location contact Bill Lake, .

  Read more about HV NEMBA Trolley Trail Expansion

Chapter

Housatonic Valley NEMBA

Event Leader

Bill Lake
wlake40@yahoo.com

SE CT NEMBA Trail Build @ E Haddam Middle School

Date

5/8/21 (All day)

SE CT NEMBA East Haddam Middle School Trail Build

SECT NEMBA will be partnering with the East Haddam, CT middle school in an ongoing trail construction project on their property.

We are expecting at least 50 middle school kids, at least one teacher as well as others.

Hope you can join us. It's rare that we get to build trails on town property.

  To sign up and for more information, contact me, Brett Severson at .

Be sure to sign NEMBA's yearly ride waiver before you sign up  But you only have to sign it once. Read more about SE CT NEMBA Trail Build @ E Haddam Middle School

Chapter

Southeastern CT NEMBA

Event Leader

Brett Severson
bseverson@nemba.org

HV NEMBA Family Ride @ Rockhouse

Event Date

5/8/21 10:00am

HV NEMBA Family Ride @ Rockhouse

Saturday, May 8th, 10 am: Family Ride, Rockhouse (Oxford, CT) 5-8 miles.

Meet at the gravel lot below Oxford High School (off Route 188).
 

*Pre-Registration via e-mail and a phone # for Contact Tracing are REQUIRED!*

*E-mail Isaac Taylor 

   Sign NEMBA's once-a-year Ride Waiver ahead of time. Read more about HV NEMBA Family Ride @ Rockhouse

Chapter

State

Connecticut

Ride Level

All Levels

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Isaac Taylor

HV NEMBA Intermediate Rockhouse Ride

Event Date

4/30/21 6:00pm

HV NEMBA Rockhouse Ride

Friday, April 30th, 6 pm: Intermediate, Rockhouse (Oxford, CT) 9+ miles.

Meet at Holbrook Road, red/white entrance (“Rolling Coal” trail on Trail Forks).

*Pre-Registration via e-mail and a phone # for Contact Tracing are REQUIRED!*

*E-mail Maria Dumoulin to sign up: mariadumoulin@sbcglobal.net

   Sign NEMBA's once-a-year Ride Waiver ahead of time. Read more about HV NEMBA Intermediate Rockhouse Ride

Chapter

State

Connecticut

Ride Level

Intermediate

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Maria Dumolin

HV NEMBA Class Cycles Ride Series

Event Date

Repeats every week every Monday 30 times .
4/26/21 (All day)

HV NEMBA Class Cycles Ride Series


6:15 pm meet, wheels-down 6:30 pm: 

Intermediate/Advanced, locations will vary.

Sponsored by Class Cycles (requires separate waiver: https://www.sefiles.net/merchant/5201/files/ClassCyclesWAIVERANDRELEASE1.pdf)

*E-mail Dave Herde to sign up: dwherde@gmail.com and to find out the location of this week's ride.

*Pre-Registration via e-mail and a phone # for Contact Tracing are REQUIRED!*

  Sign NEMBA's once-a-year Annual Waiver ahead of time. Read more about HV NEMBA Class Cycles Ride Series

Chapter

State

Connecticut

Ride Level

Intermediate
Advanced-intermediate
Advanced

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Dave Herde

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