Southern ME

NEMBA COVID Guidance for Rides & Trail Care Sessions

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

NEMBA Guidance for Rides

Out of an abundance of caution NEMBA put a hold on large Trial Care days and Group Rides as the Covid-19 Pandemic escalated.

Currently it seems like every day one or more of the New England States change their recommendations and guidelines. Their overriding concern, of course, is safety.

As each state sets its own policies NEMBA’s policies must be flexible. Our policies must follow at least the minimum guidelines set by each state. But since these guidelines vary in their directives, we have developed some parameters that we believe support the cautious resumption of group rides and trail care sessions. You can help support the health and safety of all riders (and other trail users) by following these practices!

See state by state restrictions below.

 

NEMBA Recommendations for Group Rides

  • Non-household Group rides are allowed in all New England states. The permitted size of those groups varies. NEMBA recommends group sizes of 10 people or less. This is a common requirement in many riding areas. It also reduces interruptions to other trail users and helps keep groups safe and fun. But we leave it to local chapters and their ride leaders to determine what is best for them.
  • Maintaining at least 3 bike lengths between each rider ensures physical distancing, at least 30’ but more may be better. The standard 6' social distance may not ensure safety when riding behind a rider or group for long periods of time. So we recommend as many times that distance as is practicable. The exception is with family members.
  • Ride with a mask at the ready so that you can quickly put it on if you come across other trail users in an area where you can’t maintain a social distance of at least 6’. Or better yet, leave it on. A mask is primarily a courtesy to others. It is a source control measure that limits what you may spread via exhalation. It also provides some protection to 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. This is a time when nobody should assume a “right of way”.
  • Do not linger in groups before or after rides. We will all get our “social” on when this Pandemic is over.
  • Don’t overcrowd a riding area. If a riding area is busy, try to find an alternate time or location to ride but try to stay close to home. There are still state-by-state restrictions on traveling across state lines. Observe them!
  • Respect parking regulations. Parking has become a large pain point at many riding areas. 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.
  • NEMBA requires using some method of rider registration so that in the event of needing to track an individual’s contacts, you can provide that information. NEMBA offers Evenbrite registration, with a Covid-19 questionnaire for any individual or chapter that wishes to use it. But Eventbrite is only an option. Many chapters just keep a record.
  • If you or your chapter would like to hold a group ride, either with or without Eventbrite, send an email to . That way you and your riders will be covered by NEMBA’s insurance.

 

NEMBA Recommendations for Family Rides

  • Follow all the requirements of your local governments (state, city or town) and requirements of the property where you wish to ride.
  • Best practice is to ride with members of your household.
  • Wear masks when in the presence of others and it is not possible to be at least 6’ apart.
  • If possible, choose riding areas without crowds.

 

NEMBA Recommendations for Trail Care Events

Since each State sets its own policy for outdoor group size, NEMBA’s policy must be flexible. But it must follow the guidelines set by that state. Since these guidelines are in some cases contradictory, we have developed some suggested parameters of our own.

Traditional Trail Care days where more than 30 people might show up in a parking lot, hang out together for instructions, grab tools and head out should be put on hold for now. As must the traditional after trailwork parking lot thank you party. We recommend:

  1. Trail Care sessions must be limited to 4-9 people.
  2. Social distancing of at least 12’ must be maintained at all times.
  3. Face coverings must be used whenever one is within 15’ of anyone else.
  4. Tools must not be shared unless they are sanitized before handoffs.
  5. For the time being, doing small projects should be the goal.
  6. Advance sign up or, events run by invitation only, may be used to put limits on the numbers.
  7. After the event, participants should leave the gathering area as soon as possible.
  8. NEMBA requires using some method of volunteer registration so that in the event of needing to track an individual’s contacts, you can provide that information. NEMBA offers Evenbrite registration, with a Covid-19 questionnaire for any individual or chapter that wishes to use it.

If you or your NEMBA chapter want to sponsor a Trail Care Event send an email to . This will ensure that your event will be covered by NEMBA’s insurance.

 

State by State Guidance 

Maine Covid-19 Response           Maine Bureau of Parks

Vermont Covid-19 Guidance         VT State Parks

New Hampshire Covid-19             NH State Parks

Massachusetts Covid-19               Mass DCR Guidance

Connecticut Covid Response        CT DEEP Response

Rhode Island Covid Information    RI DEM Guidance

  Read more about NEMBA COVID Guidance for Rides & Trail Care Sessions

Riding is my Ritalin - Youth, Adults, and NEMBA

Monday, February 1, 2021

Catching up with Kris Haralson and Lawrence Kovacs from the Six Rivers NEMBA Chapter

 

Lawrence Kovacs is an educator, a former Outward Bound instructor, and a champion for youth riding. He is passionately committed to getting more people on bikes, starting with those who have not yet learned the N+1 equation in school. (N+1 being the appropriate number of bikes to own, where N is the current number of bikes that you own).

In 2017 Lawrence received a grant from Specialized to run a curriculum on safe bike riding in his Bath, ME school. The grant included 25 hardtail bikes and allowed him to make riding bikes an almost daily occurrence for students during fair weather. Lawrence truly believes that mountain biking can enrich the lives of these students and lead to a better learning day. Often, he reaches out to students who “need this” time; an opportunity to get out of a classroom, exercise their bodies and engage their brains in an exhilarating and mind-consuming technical pursuit.

Ever the enthusiast Lawrence expanded his vision to the area around him, looking to create even more opportunities for better mountain biking. The best leaders envision the future and then find the right movers and shakers to help make it happen. This is very evident with Lawrence tapping Kris Haralson on the shoulder to help drive the local mountain biking scene forward. Kris is another strong advocate for youth programs, who over the past four years has been coordinating, and filling to capacity, an after-school riding program in Brunswick and Topsham.

Finding an enthusiastic and robust riding community in the three towns of Bath, Brunswick, and Topsham, they looked for a common thread to bring them all together. Finding none, they made the decision to create one!

After meeting with past NEMBA Executive Director, Philip Keyes, and evaluating the needs for the area including the ridership and the opportunities for partnerships, the Six Rivers NEMBA Chapter was born in 2018. The concern for local trail access and the network of knowledge, advocacy, and support available as a NEMBA Chapter ultimately solidified this decision. Huge kudos to the original chapter officers of Lawrence (first Chapter President), Kris, Jack Bateman, Channing Jones, and a few others for their dedication and creation of a robust chapter! 

The Chapter promptly got to work and has already had two major success stories leading to more and better trail access. In 2018 the chapter rallied volunteers, collaborated with land trusts, and helped design and build four miles of beginner friendly trails at Neptune Woods in Brunswick. In 2019 Six Rivers collaborated with the town of Topsham, who they described as “Pro-Outside” and amazing to work with, to unveil 5 miles of single-track. These are described as accessible trails that are fun and a great place to have safe family riding. They are still adding and updating features to Topsham such as a bike skills park and plan to continue to add some technical features as the trails settle.

This is all in addition to helping to secure and maintain trails in Bath, which Lawrence describes as wonderfully scary and fun once you get to know them but are also the driving force for the desire to create the new novice-friendly trail systems. Not to stay idle for long the Six Rivers Chapter extended their riding season and started grooming the Neptune and Topsham trail systems for winter. There is a standing invitation for all you fat bikers to head their way and check out these trails in the snow!

Kris Haralson is now at the helm as Chapter President, steering the Six Rivers ship through the murky waters of town politics and trail access advocacy as he heralds in the next era of projects. In 2020 Six Rivers also added their first female board officer, Kristin Jhamb, and they look forward to her help tenaciously moving forward projects in their slice of the mid-coast of Maine while building relationships with local riders, landowners, and conservation groups.

This is one Chapter to keep your eye on for big and exciting things coming over the next few years… maybe including one of the largest pump tracks in the state… or New England… time will tell.

 
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Southern ME

Arundel Community Trails

Limerick Rd
Arundel  Maine  04046
United States
Look for the small parking area near the Eastern Trail.

Easy

70%

Moderate

25%

Difficult

5%

Description

The Arundel Conservation Trust, working with Greater Portland NEMBA and the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust have built mountain biking trails linking the center of town to the Eastern Trail.

They are also developing some great Kids FlowTrails.

The Arundel Conservation Trust also manages the Welch Woods trail.

Though these trails are short, they are quite enjoyable.

Portsmouth Herald Article  11/4/20. Read more about Arundel Community Trails

Local Shops

Ernie's Cycle Shop

Cyclemania

Tri City Bicycles

Links to Relevant Resources

Six Rivers NEMBA Gelato Fiasco Benefit

Date

12/9/19 (All day)

Six Rivers NEMBA Gelato Fiasco Benefit

Come support the chapter (and your sweet tooth) Monday December 9th!
From 11am to 11pm, 100% of sales to our supporters will go to the chapter.
This is a huge opportunity being generously provided by Gelato Fiasco.
See you there!


* You do not need to present a flyer, just be sure to tell them you are there for Six Rivers NEMBA

Location: 74 Main Street, Brunswick.

Chapter

Six Rivers

Event Leader

Matt Viara
mvubike@gmail.com

GP NEMBA Pleasant Hill Trail Repair

Date

10/19/19 10:00am to 3:00pm

Greater Portland NEMBA Trail Care @ Pleasant Hill

In conjunction with the Falmouth Land Trust, GP NEMBA will be repairing some sections of trail in the Pleasant Hill Woods in Falmouth.

    More details to be posted to this Facebook Page soon.

Save time by signing NEMBA annual Trail Care Waiver ahead of time. Read more about GP NEMBA Pleasant Hill Trail Repair

Chapter

Greater Portland

Event Leader

Ilse Teeters-Trumpy
iteeterstrumpy@gmail.com

Greater Portland NEMBA Trail Work

Date

Repeats every month on October, November on the third Tuesday 2 times .
10/22/19 5:30pm

The crew in Gorham will be working on trails on the 1st & 3rd Tuesday of every month.

This includes maintenance, building bridges, creating new trails, etc.

There will be new trails added this year so there's lots of work to be done.

The more maintenance done on mid-week nights equals more time for building trails (and riding too).

We start at 5:30. Meet at end of Weeks Rd (near Gorham Middle School) to work on the new Crosby Trail as well as others.

We hope to see you there!

   Save time by signing NEMBA's annual Trail Care Waiver ahead of time.  Read more about Greater Portland NEMBA Trail Work

Chapter

Greater Portland

Event Leader

Ilse Teeters-Trumpy
iteeterstrumpy@gmail.com

GP NEMBA Gorham Trail Work

Date

Repeats every month 2 times .
10/8/19 5:30pm

Greater Portland NEMBA Trail Work

The crew in Gorham will be working on trails on the 1st & 3rd Tuesday of every month.

This includes maintenance, building bridges, creating new trails, etc.

There will be new trails added this year so there's lots of work to be done.

The more maintenance done on mid-week nights equals more time for building trails (and riding too).

We start at 5:30. Meet at end of Weeks Rd (near Gorham Middle School) to work on the new Crosby Trail as well as others.

We hope to see you there!

   Save time by signing NEMBA's annual Trail Care Waiver ahead of time.  Read more about GP NEMBA Gorham Trail Work

Chapter

Greater Portland

Event Leader

Ilse Teeters-Trumpy
iteeterstrumpy@gmail.com

Greater Portland NEMBA Fall Social

Date

10/17/19 5:30pm

Greater Portland NEMBA Fall Social

Fall is in the air. Two great things about fall: 1. It is a great time of year for mountain biking and 2. GP NEMBA holds the fall Social!

Please join us on October 17, Thursday from 5:30 - 8:00 PM at Definitive Brewing Company.

There will be food this year by Vantage Point Chowder Food Truck.

We are working on new prizing for this social and have some businesses to thank for their very generous donations.

Please save the date as we hope you’ll join us for the fun!

   Late breaking details will be on this Facebook Page. Read more about Greater Portland NEMBA Fall Social

Chapter

Greater Portland

Event Leader

Ilse Teeters-Trumpy
iteeterstrumpy@gmail.com

GP NEMBA Wednesday CoEd Ride Series

Event Date

Repeats every week every Wednesday 20 times .
5/6/20 (All day)

Greater Portland NEMBA Wednesday CoEd Ride Series

​​​​​​​Note: This ride series is on hold until the Pandemic restrictions change.  Contact the ride's leader for more information.

GP NEMBA will be hosting a series of Intermediate and Intermediate advanced rides at various locations in the Portland area.

These will be fun rides, but not beginner rrides.

The locations will vary. Contact Andy Haynes - ahaynes63@gmail.com  For the location and time of this week's ride.

We will not ride if the weather is bad.

      Save time by signing NEMBA's Annual Waiver ahead of time. Read more about GP NEMBA Wednesday CoEd Ride Series

Chapter

State

Maine

Ride Level

Intermediate
Advanced-intermediate

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Andy Haynes

Greater Portland NEMBA Spring Social

Date

5/2/19 (All day)

GP NEMBA Spring Social

On Thursday May 2nd Greater Portland NEMBA will be having its Spring Social from 5:30 - 7:30 at the new Sebago Brewery & Tasting Room located at 616 Main St in Gorham.

We will kickoff the 2019 mountain biking season, give updates on our plan for the year, and raffle off sweet items (of course!).

Hope to see you there!

You do not have to be a member of GP NEMBA to attend.   Read more about Greater Portland NEMBA Spring Social

Chapter

Greater Portland

Event Leader

Ilse Teeters-Trumpy
iteeterstrumpy@gmail.com

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