Central 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. 

Wachusett NEMBA Chapter Meeting

Date

11/17/21 5:00pm

 

 

Wachusett NEMBA Fall Chapter Meeting

 

Wednesday November 17th

 

Address & Google Maps link:

425 Oakham Rd, Barre, MA 01005

 

Schedule:

 

5pm - pre-ride, rolling at 5:15 sharp, back by 6:45

 

6:45pm - gather & grubbing

 

7:15pm - meeting called to order

 

Agenda:

 

Final agenda to be sent out one week ahead of meeting

Here's what we know:

  • vote to buy cargo/trail tool trailer
  • vote to buy trail tools
  • vote to adopt new chapter logo
  • discuss chapter merchandise order w/new logo
  • chapter organizational updates

 

 

 

Details:

 

Here's the plan: we'll meet at Steve Salvadore's house, in his 3 bay heated garage, right on the Barre trail network. Should be plenty of space, ventilation, lighting, and parking for us, and if the weather cooperates we can get a ride in beforehand. There's a nice loop for all abilities across the street, goal is to get us all to the meeting on time so we're going to undercommit on the ride duration (shocking, right? We're learning). Chapter will supply pizza, you supply your own beverage and a chair.

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

 

Chapter

Wachusett

Event Leader

Brett Russ
bruss@nemba.org

PV NEMBA Chili Ride

Date

11/21/21 12:00pm

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2021 AT 12 PM

14th Annual Chili Ride

Event by Marc Lombard and PV NEMBA

Wendell State Forest Headquarters

Public  · Anyone on or off Facebook

Join PVNEMBA for the 14th annual Chili Ride in Wenell State Forest. 2-3 hours of classic New England singletrack for all abilities.

There will be an after party at 334 Wendell Rd close to the ranger station hosted by Bill Gabriel.

Food can be dropped off at Bill's barn between 11 and 11:45.

   You don't have to be a MEMBER of NEMBA to join us, but everyone must sign the Annual Waiver if they haven't already done so.

Expect technically challenging terrain, dress warm and bring water.

   Check this Facebook Page for updates.

 

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Chapter

Pioneer Valley

Trail

Event Leader

Marc Lombard
fatbiker413@gmail.com

Pioneer Valley NEMBA Chapter Meeting & Ride

Date

10/26/21 5:30pm

PV NEMBA Chapter Meeting & Ride

We will be having a chapter meeting for Tuesday 10/26 at 5:30 pm at the Chmura Rd trailhead in Hadley, MA.

The meeting will be followed by a night ride at Earl's trails afterward.  

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

  But everyone must sign NEMBA's annual waiver if they haven't already done so.

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Chapter

Pioneer Valley

Trail

Event Leader

Sam Veggeberg
sveggeberg@nemba.org

Central MA

Chicopee Memorial State Park

570 Burnett Hollow Rd
Chicopee  Massachusetts  01020
United States

(413) 594-9416

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Description

At 562 acres the Chicopee Memorial State park has a lot to offer.

There are over 20 miles of trails and roadways as well as a 25 acre former reservoir where you can swim.

The DCR charges $8 to park here in season.

Formerly called the Cooley Brook Reservoir, the State took it over in the 1960s and converted it into a recreation area.

Riding here is lots of fun. The trails are sometimes very scenic and sometimes challenging, but mostly enjoyable for riders of all ability levels. 

This is one of the few areas in Central Massachusetts that lacks rocks poking out of the trails.

It's a great place for a family ride.

The Trail Forks map above does a great job of assigning difficulty levels to the trails.

However, ride here and you'll find many more short, busy singletracks that are not on the map.

Located just off the Massachusetts Turnpike and between Chicopee and Springfield the park is a very popular place for locals as well as being convenient for visitors.

You may see and hear planes landing and taking off from the Westover Air Reserve Base that abuts the park. One of the trails on the northern side of the park actually runs along the fenceline surounding the airstrip.

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Local Shops

Speed & Sprocket Cycle Works

Links to Relevant Resources

Central MA

Saw Mill Hills Conservation Area, Northampton

Col Lavalley Lane
Northampton  Massachusetts  01062
United States

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Moderate

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Description

Saw Mill Hills conservation area is a popular mountain biking, hiking, and trail running network located close to Northampton center.

These trails feature rocky terrain and technical A-lines that provide a challenge for experts but enough smoother terrain to suit any practiced rider.  

The Saw Mill Hills Conservation area, commonly know as Sawmill consists of two sections. The other being Roberts-Hill.

The primary trailhead is at: Col Lavalley Ln, Northampton, MA

Taken together both properties host a vast network of trails with the Saw Mill Hills section being the largest.

The trails are widely popular with mountain bikers, hikers trail runners and dog walkers.

Check the maps above. You could spend days exploring them all. And why not?

Pioneer Vally NEMBA does a lot of trail work here, and you'll see the results of that when you explore.

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Local Shops

Berkshire Bike and Board

Northampton Bike

Plaine's Bicycle

Pioneer Valley NEMBA Sawmill Trail Day

Date

4/25/21 9:00am to 2:00pm

Pioneer Valley NEMBA Trail Day @ Sawmill

Location Saw Mill Hills Conservation Area. Northampton, MA
Sign up here (https://docs.google.com/.../1qJNhQq6VIJjuipytcQLS.../edit... ) to join as a volunteer for small group projects.
Or to pitch for approval, and to lead a project.
(See tabs on the spreadsheet if want to lead a project)
Even if you can't make it Sunday you can haul in materials the week before.

 Be sure to sign NEMBA's once-a-year Waiver if you haven't already done so. Read more about [node:title]

Chapter

Pioneer Valley

Event Leader

Sam Veggeberg
samvegg@gmail.com

Central MA

Tully Lake, Royalston

25 Doane Hill Rd
Royalston  Massachusetts  01368
United States

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Moderate

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Description

Tully Lake is a US Army Corp of Engineers dam site.

There is a 1300 acre reservoir behind the dam. There are many recreational activities to be had here.

The best description of these is on the USACOE webpage.

Tully has a trail network that exceeds 8 miles. But connected trails in the area exceed 25 miles.

Some of the trails are scenic beside the water but many others are in heavilly wooded areas.

The trails are not easy, but not overly difficult.

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Links to Relevant Resources

Wachusett NEMBA Tully Trail Day

Date

5/1/21 10:00am to 1:00pm

Our lead Kevin Killay has organized this chapter collaboration with the Army Corps Rangers for their Tully Lake mountain bike loop.

Meeting at the Tully Dam Headquarters,
2 Athol-Richmond Road, Royalston, MA

First, NEMBA members should sign NEMBA's annual waiver:
https://nemba.org/waiver

then signup here
https://volunteersignup.org/JXJ33

We will be mostly cutting brush and possibly a little drainage and stone work.

Absolutely no chainsaws allowed per the Tully Rangers. They are more than willing to cut anything that needs to be cut but that is their one caveat.

The rangers will open up some of the gates to allow easier access to some of the remote spots on the trail.

Bring clippers, hand saw and other basic trail tools as well as any food or water you may need.

Volunteers would need to wear masks since this project requires working closely together. 

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Location

Tully Dam Royalston

Chapter

Wachusett

Event Leader

Kevin Killay
killay-kevin@montytech.net

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