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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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BK NEMBA Trail Day In the Food Network

Date

5/6/21 (All day)

Who wants to have some fun?

Lets meet this Saturday at 8:30 AM (or whenever you drag yourself out of bed) in West Keene at the start of Biscuits and Gravy in the Food Network.

Not sure where that is, reach out and we can meet up. It's where all the logging starts.

Feel free to walk or ride in.

A lot of the work will be hand work - just moving brush and logs off the trail. Some of the branches are embedded in the mud, so bring gloves. If you are walking in, bring a metal garden rake. A small handsaw could come in handy as well.

We'll be able to spread the work out, but throw a mask in your pocket in case you end up getting close to people.

I'll be asking people to sign in, to help track volunteer hours and for Covid protocols.

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

 

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Chapter

Brattleboro-Keene

Event Leader

Mike Davern
madavern@hotmail.com

BK-NEMBA Chapter Meeting - May

Date

5/3/21 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Lets get the party started!
 
Warm weather is back, so lets hold our first chapter meeting of the year outside and in person.
 
We'll meet Monday, May 3rd at 6PM in Wheelock Park, over by the Keene Bike Park.
 
Rain date is Tuesday, but right now the long range forecast looks great. 
 
Bring a lawn chair, and a mask if want to socialize.  Bring a bike too.
 
I'll send out agenda later this week.
 
The plan is to hold a meeting in June as well, but over in Brattleboro.

Location

Wheelock Park

Chapter

Brattleboro-Keene

Trail

Event Leader

Mike Davern
mdavern@nemba.org

Ride Headquarters Trail Mix Gravel Ride

Event Date

5/22/21 (All day)

Trail Mix Gravel Ride Series is Back!

Join us for incredibly beautiful cycling on dirt roads, quiet paved back roads, and gentle dirt trails of New Hampshire!

This ride is a gorgeous loop, starting and ending in New Boston, New Hampshire. We've ridden here a lot and have found an exceptional number of friendly people in the town and along the route.

 

We’re offering three fully-supported locations on the ride: one at the start, one mid-ride full of your favorite packaged bike foods, water and Ride Studio Iced Mochas, and post-ride, we'll have a filling meal for you to enjoy.



 

Ride Details:

  • Ride Type: Remote paved and dirt roads, social distance riding
  • Time & Date: Saturday, May 22. The first rider rolls out at 7:30 am
  • Starting Point: New Hampshire
  • Distance: 104 km, 65 miles
  • Price: $65 - Register Here

Your Registration includes:

  • A gorgeous, well-planned route: You’ll receive a well-vetted route file for your GPS computer, parking directions/instructions.
  • Staffed starting location with friendly faces, water, bike tools, portable toilets.
  • Staffed food stop with water, packaged bike food, Ride Studio Cafe Iced Mochas.
  • If you're riding alone, you have the peace of mind knowing there are other riders on the same route.
  • Route support via a cyclist riding sweep - you won't be the last rider.
  • You can ride this with your friends, as long as you and your friends register telling us this.
  • Substantial lunch at the end of the ride of delicious, just-prepared food that will hit the spot!

We have capped registration numbers and based on last year's attendance at these Trail Mix rides, we expect to be full by the end of the weekend. Don't miss out - register ASAP!

Ride Details & Registration

Be sure to sign NEMBA's Annual Waiver.

Chapter

State

New Hampshire

Ride Level

All Levels

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Patria

BK NEMBA Tuesday Evening Rides

Event Date

Repeats every week every Tuesday until Tue Sep 07 2021 .
5/11/21 6:00pm

Brattleboro Keene NEMBA Tuesday evening rides are back.

Contact Mike Davern, for location and starting times.

Be sure to sign NEMBA's 2021 Liability Waiver before you ride, but only just once.

These rides are intended to be fun no-drop ries that will show off the best riding in the area.

Pace is social, we will regroup at top/bottom of trails. Terrain is intermediate to advanced.  It is hilly.

We’ll split the group up as needed.

Parking can be tight, don’t block neighbors.

Bring a mask for before/after ride.  I’ll have a sign in sheet.

Let's Ride! Read more about BK NEMBA Tuesday Evening Rides

Chapter

State

New Hampshire

Ride Level

All Levels

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Mike Davern

Southern NH

Clyde Pond, Windham

99 London Bridge Rd
Windham  New Hampshire  03087
United States

Easy

30%

Moderate

50%

Difficult

20%

Description

Clyde Pond

The crew in Windham continues to do amazing work at the Clyde Pond area. I don’t even want to try to name or count the new trails because by the time you read this, the list would almost certainly be obsolete.

Ted and Karen Korza have placed their own personal stamp on a couple of new trails.

There are least ten miles of singletrack trails, ranging from rolling, flowy stuff to technical, rocky trails.

There are features peppered throughout the venue. If you haven’t visited, it’s definitely worth the trip to check out these trails.

  Read more about Clyde Pond, Windham

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Southern NH

Keene Bike Park

101 Park Ave
Keene  New Hampshire  03431
United States

Easy

45%

Moderate

45%

Difficult

10%

Description

Keene Bike Park

The Keene Bike Park is a joint project of Brattleboro-Keene NEMBA and the City of Keene, to build a fun, family-oriented park where people of all ages can learn, play, and enjoy bike-related activities.

It's located the City's Wheelock Park

In 2020 the Brattleboro-Keene Chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association (BK-NEMBA) will be designing, building, and donating a bike park to the City of Keene.  This bike park will provide a safe, fun, and challenging place for bike riders of all ages to learn and develop their mountain biking skills.

​The park will enhance an already vibrant mountain biking scene and serve as a destination for riders throughout New England.  It will become a benefit for the City to attract new businesses, and for businesses when recruiting new employees.

​Visit this FAQ Page to learn more.

The Bike Park will consist of a two pump tracks. One for beginner/intermediate riders and a second for Intermediate/advanced riders.

There will also be a cross country trail.

The City of Keene is noted for its trail opportunities.

These include, but are not limited to Stonewall Farm and Drummer Hill.

The Keene Bike Park is intended to be a family oriented area, perfect for introducing peopleto mountain biking.

Grand Opening 10/2/20

Update 9/25/20

The start feature is complete, the big jumps are finished, and the park is completely open!

The popularity of the park has been amazing.  You can find people riding almost any time of the day.  Young kids, teens, and adults are all out there having a great time together.  The camaraderie, mentorship, and  cooperation between al the park users continues to impress.    Thank you so much to all of you for helping to make this fantastic park a reality!

Because of the current Covid-19 situation we aren't holding a big grand opening event this season.  Hopefully we'll be able to do one in the spring when the park reopens. 

But on Friday October 2nd at 4PM we will be doing a ribbon cutting with the Mayor of Keene.  Stop by if you'd like.  There is lots of open, outdoor space.

 

  

 

Read more about Keene Bike Park

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Southern NH

Northwoods Meadows State Park, Northwood

775 1st New Hampshire Turnpike
Northwood  New Hampshire  03261
United States

Easy

80%

Moderate

15%

Difficult

5%

Description

Northwoods Meadows State Park has a variety of trails ranging from very easy to quite hilly.  None of the trails are particulary difficult which makes Northwoods Meadows a good place for family rides and, or newer riders.

The park's 675 acres includes the abutting Guptill-Lamprey Pasture Conservation Area which is not owned by the State. But the boundaries are not defined and most people just refer to the area as Northwoods Meadows.

During the summer season there are day use fees and open comfort stations. Off season there's no charge. Read more about Northwoods Meadows State Park, Northwood

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Southern NH

Kingman Farm, Madbury

13 Town Hall Rd
Madbury  New Hampshire  03823
United States

Easy

50%

Moderate

40%

Difficult

10%

Description

Kingman Farm is a property of the University of New Hampshire in Durham. It's fun place to ride. In its 335 acres there are enough easy doubletracks and woods roads to keep a beginner happy, while at the same time there are a few hills and some really fun singletracks to keep more advanced riders huffing and puffing. There are many more difficult places to ride than Kingman Farm, but few that are more fun.

The University of New Hampshire Mountain Bike Team trains here. And someone, maybe them, has done a lot of trail work. One of the many hilly singletracks that you'll encounter has been bermed, shelved and switchbacked in a highly professional manner to prevent water from eroding the trail.

My guess is that when the mountain bike team is training that they do multiple laps up this hill. Twice is usually enough for me.

Expect to spend a couple of hours exploring here. And then expect to come back. Kingman farm is far too much fun to only ride once.

All levels of riders can enjoy most of the farm's trails. None require any advanced skills or a high degree of fitness. Better riders of course will cover ground faster. But unless they're fixated on riding challenging terrain, even very good riders will have a lot of fun here.

Recently the UNH Office of Woodlands has been working with the Madbury Conservation Commission and the Southern NH chapter of NEMBA to close and rehabilitate unauthorized trails. These efforts have been pretty successful and if you see a sign telling you that a trail is being rehabilitated, stay off it.

There is a new trail map available. Copies of it can be found at the Madbury Town Hall and the Town Library or printed from this webpage..

Directions: To Trailhead Parking Area.
From the intersection of route 4 and route 108 head south into Durham. When you get to the center turn right on Madbury Road. Go about a mile and a half and turn left when you get to Route 155 and then take your first right on Town Hall Road. Just after the Library you'll see the Town Hall and there's a  trailhead behind it. The old parking lot on Route 155 has been closed because of high speed traffic on 155.

Map of the Trailhead Parking Area.

Cautions:

The area immediately surrounding the farm buildings is closed to bikes. You may encounter kids and unleashed dogs. And they are very curious. Also, yield to equestrians when you see them.

Submitted by Bill Boles Read more about Kingman Farm, Madbury

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Central NH

Southern NH

Bradford Area Community Trails

143 East Main St
Bradford  New Hampshire  03221
United States

Easy

60%

Moderate

40%

Difficult

0%

Description

Description

This trail was developed by the Kearsarge Area Trail Association in conjunction with the Town of Bradford.  The goal was to build a multi-use trail on the unused property behind the Bradford Area Community Center (BACC).  With more trails are planned, the newly built trail is mostly single-track-width and incorporates a number of features found on the property.  The property spans a relatively flat area of Bradford and the trail was cut in a manner that allows a rider to maintain a relatively constant speed along the entire ride.  Several bridges were required to span wet areas and the trail builders retained some of the “unique” items the property collected over the years (see if you can find the cast iron skillet, old Ford hubcap, and the metal hoop from a wooden barrel.)

Rides

From the parking lot of the BACC, head straight to the back of the lot to access the trail.  About fifty yards in, the trail makes a “T”.  From here take a right and ride past the old foundation (keep it on your left) to find the entrance to the Ridge Line section of the trail in front of you.  This runs through the woods on the east side of the property and then heads downhill at the back of the property (keeping the stone wall on your right.)  At the bottom of the Back Wall section of the trail, you will ride across a bridge, up a short/steep section and then back out into the field.  Take the next right down a double-track section and look for the new single-track on your left (after the big tree.)    This section winds around itself a bit and then comes back out at the old foundation.  Take a quick right to go back into the woods, eventually crossing the double-track section and winding your way to the Hidden Pond section (note both a beaver lodge and a Great Blue Heron nest in the pond).  As you leave the pond behind you, you will head back to the main double-track that returns you to the BACC.   The BACC loop was designed to be ridden counter-clockwise but works in either direction.  Have fun!

 

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