Southern ME

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. 

Belfast Area

  • Belfast Area NEMBA was launched in August of 2021 and exists to build the joy of being outdoors, mountain biking, public service and community mutual respect. We believe in building lasting partnerships, inclusivity, and providing education and access to trails. We cooperate with municipal, private and non-profit and owners in developing trails and shared use spaces for mountain biking.

  • NEMBA Adds Two New Chapters

    On July 27, 2021 the NEMBA Board of Directors voted unanimously to approve two new chapters, Belfast Area Maine and Martha’s Vineyard.

    Click here for details

GP NEMBA Wednesday Evening Rides

Event Date

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

Greater Portland NEMBA Wednesday Evening Rides

GP NEMBA will be hosting rides at various locations in the Greater Portland area.

The rides will start at 5:30, but be there by 5:15 so we can roll out on time.

These rides will be fun and we won't drop anyone.

  Be sure to sign NEMBA's Annual Waiver.  But you only have to sign it once.

Contact me to see where this week's ride will be or for more information.  Andy Haynes,

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Chapter

State

Maine

Ride Level

Advanced-novice
Intermediate
Advanced-intermediate

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Andy Haynes

GP NEMBA Trail Day @ Bradbury Mountain

Date

5/15/21 (All day)

Greater Portland NEMBA Trail Day at Bradbury Mountain State Park

It's time to start sprucing up the trails at Bradbury Mountain.

On Saturday 5/15, starting at 8:00 AM we'll be heading out to do some trail work.

Meet at the Main parking lot. Bring gloves, loppers, bug spray and a big smile.

Here are the deets:

I met with the BB Ranger staff yesterday about our trailwork day on Saturday 5/15.

Chris would like us to mainly focus on East Side trails. Blowing, raking, a little gravel work and replacing 1 small rotten bridge.

We can also blow off Krista’s if we are careful to not remove topsoil.

I thought I would grab the NEMBA trailer at our board meeting in Gorham on Monday 5/10. Planning for 8am-noon.

I will pick up coffee and donuts on my way to the park.

Please help me to advertise by posting message to various social media. Thanks!

Also bring a mask or gator that you can pull up when in close proximity to others.

   Be sure to sign NEMBA's once a year liability waiver ahead of time. 

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Chapter

Greater Portland

Trail

Event Leader

Peter Featherstone
pfeather@maine.rr.com
207.239.5247

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.

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Local Shops

Ernie's Cycle Shop

Cyclemania

Tri City Bicycles

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SIx Rivers NEMBA Neptune Woods Trail Opening

Date

10/21/18 10:00am to 2:00pm

Neptune Woods Trails Celebration

Sunday, October 21

 

Join us to celebrate the opening of the new multi-use trails located off of Neptune Drive in Brunswick.

10:00am – 12:00pm at Neptune Woods

Tours of the new trails;

Group rides for all experience levels and ages;

Center Street Cycles and Specialized Bicycles will be on site with 12 of their Stumpjumper mountain bikes for attendees to try.

12:00pm – 2:00pm at Flight Deck Brewing

Social hour to toast the new trails;

Gorham Bike and Ski will be on site offering bike repair and mechanics workshops.

Join the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust (BTLT) and Six Rivers-New England Mountain Bike Association (6R-NEMBA) to celebrate the new mountain bike trails at Neptune Woods on Brunswick Landing. Thanks to support from Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority and Midcoast Hospital, over 4 miles of introductory level trails were built on this 64-acre parcel of land on the former Naval Air Station.

On October 21, BTLT, 6R-NEMBA, Flight Deck Brewing, Center Street Cycles, Gorham Bike and Ski, Specialized Bikes, and many other community supporters will come together for group rides, demos, tours, workshops, and a toast to the trails. We hope you’ll be there too!

All ages and experience levels are welcome.

 

Directions:

Head east on Bath Road from downtown Brunswick, toward Cooks Corner
Turn right onto Admiral Fitch Ave
Turn left onto Forrestal Drive
Turn right onto Neptune Drive
Neptune Woods will be on your left, across from Coastal Landing
You may park in the Coastal Landing lot for this event.

 

      

And don't forget to bring a nice crisp $20 bill to snag yourself one of these sweet LIMITED EDITION Six Rivers NEMBA Hats.

Good for your head, good for the trails and good for the chapter!

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Chapter

Six Rivers

Event Leader

Lawrence Kovac
lkovacsb3@gmail.com

Southern ME

Knight's Pond Preserve, Cumberland

477 Greely Rd Extension
Cumberland  Maine  04021
United States

Easy

40%

Moderate

55%

Difficult

5%

Description

Cumberland and North Yarmouth's Knight's Pond Preserve's 300 acres host a variety of marked trails ranging from easy to hard. In the winter you'll be sharing the trails with x-country skiers, snowshoers and snowmobiles. In warmer weather the trail abound with hikers, trail runners and dog walkers.

What bring's everyone to Knight's Pond? It's the trails. They're fun. Local riding groups regularly frequent these trails and located as they are a little over 1/2 mile from the center of two towns, they're easy to get to.

There are about 6 miles of trails at Knight's Pond, all of which are enjoiyable in both directions and more may be developed in the future. Read more about [node:title]

Local Shops

Ernie's Cycle Shop

Cyclemania

Gorham Bike & Ski

Southern ME

Presumpscot River Trails, Portland

189 Summit St.
Portland  Maine  04103
United States

Easy

30%

Moderate

55%

Difficult

15%

Description

The Presumpscot River Preserve and Oak Nuts Park are located in Falmouth and Portland.  Together they form what we refer to as the Presumpscot River Trails.

Entry to the trail system is at Oak Nuts Park.

Looping in and out of the woods the trails feature many short challenge sections, many well built bridges and lots of scenic views of the Presumpscot River. The trails on the north side of the river area bit more challenging. But there's nothing that the average rider can't handle. 

Departing from the local norm there are very few rocks on these trails. But some sections may be impassable during the high water periods of early spring. Poison Ivy can overtake some trails by mid summer, be cautious.

The Presumpscot River Trails are a lot of fun to explore. Locals are out on the trails every day of the week and you'll also see plenty of dog walkers. 

There's an alternate starting area at 125 Bridgton Rd in Westbrook.




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Local Shops

Ernie's Cycle Shop

Cyclemania

Gorham Bike & SKi

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Southern ME

Pineland Farms, New Gloucester

15 Farm View Rd
New Gloucester  Maine  04260
United States

Easy

80%

Moderate

15%

Difficult

5%

Description

Pineland Farms is a wonderful place to bring your family. It's a 5,000 acre commercial farm with over 18 miles of trails. The trails, designed for cross country skiing in the winter are also open to mountain bikers in season.

There's a fee system, $5 for a day pass or $40 for a year.

There's some climbing and it's quite scenic. It's a great place to ride with your family or, to bring a newer rider.

There's a farm store and lots of kid's activities. So it's possible for mom or dad to drop the kids off, go for a ride and then return to pick up the kids who will have had their own, more educational, adventure. Read more about [node:title]

Local Shops

Ernie's Cycle Shop

Cyclemania

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