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NEMBA COVID-19 Guidance for Rides & Trail Care Events

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

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 January 11 2022

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.

Maine: No outdoor mask requirements. No limits on group size.

New Hampshire: No outdoor mask requirements. No limits on group size.

Rhode Island: No outdoor mask requirement. No limits on group size

Vermont: No outdoor mask requirements. No limits on group size.

CDC Covid-19 Guidelines

CT DEEP,    Maine Bureau of Parks,    Mass DCR Guidance,    NH State Parks,    RI DEM,    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. 

PR NEMBA Chapter Meeting

Date

1/17/22 6:30pm

Greetings PRNEMBA and Happy New Year



Our next chapter meeting will be held Monday January 17th at 6:30pm at Bangor Beer Company located at 330 Bangor Mall Blvd, Bangor, ME. 

Both beer and food will be available for purchase! 

Please note: Masks are required unless seated at your table.

The meeting agenda thus far is as follows and is subject to change:

-Accept December meeting minutes
-Treasurers Report
-Mud season sign update
-Snowdog vote/follow-up discussion
-Input for membership committee
-Open discussion


We hope to see you there!

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Penobscot Region

Event Leader

Carson Carney
ccarney@nemba.org

CR NEMBA Trail Day

Date

12/18/21 9:00am to 2:00pm

Carrabassett Region NEMBA Volunteer Trail Day

Carrabassett Dr, Carrabassett Valley, ME

On Saturday, December 18, we are sponsoring a Volunteer Trail Work Day.

We'll be working to get Snowy Loops, a winter-only fat bike trail, back in play!

Meet at the Stratton Brook Hut Parking Lot

For · Everyone who wants to ride this winter. You don't have to be a NEMBA member.

But be sure to sign NEMBA's 2021 Waiver if you haven't already done so.

For more info or last minute updates check this Facebook Page.

 

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PR NEMBA Chapter Meeting

Date

12/9/21 6:00pm

Our next chapter meeting will be held Thursday December 9th at 6:00pm at R.M. Flagg Restaurant Supply, located at 1212 State St, Veazie, ME.

The meeting agenda thus far is as follows and is subject to change:

-Accept November meeting minutes

-Treasurer's Report

-Board member Discord server Y/N

-Mud season sign design

-Snowdog funding

-Membership outreach

-Review agenda for board meeting w/regional

-Open discussion


We hope to see you there!

Penobscot Region NEMBA

Chapter

Penobscot Region

Event Leader

Carson Carney
prnemba@gmail.com

CE ME NEMBA Toy Drive

Date

11/30/21 1:45pm to 12/12/21 5:00pm

Centtral Maine NEMBA Holiday Toy Drive

Let’s use the power of the riding community to make the holidays a little brighter for some kids in need.

Purchase any toy or child appropriate gift between now and December 12.

Drop it at your local bike shop(unwrapped).

CeMe board members will pick up the gifts on the 13th and distribute to local giving trees, and other organizations that are helping kids in need.

Our amazing LBS owners are supporting this effort and offering their stores as convenient drop locations.

Support them and get your stocking stuffers or winter riding gear when you drop off your toy donation.

Participating Bike Shops:
Busytown Bikes - Lewiston
Gorham Bike & Ski - Waterville
Mathieu’s - Farmingdale and Oakland
Rainbow Bicycles - Lewiston
Northern Lights - Farmington

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Central Maine

Event Leader

Chris Riley
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PR NEMBA Skills Ride

Date

11/13/21 2:00pm

Penobscot Region NEMBA Skills Ride

If you want to acquire the skills and maneuvers that will help you ride better and have more fun on your mountain bike, come join us in the UMaine DeMerritt Forest on Saturday November 13th for a skills ride led by PRNEMBA member Emmy Monahan!

We will meet at the Old Town Elementary School, 576 Stillwater Avenue, Old Town. The ride starts at 2:00pm.

The goal of the skills ride is to help you understand mountain biking better so you can take your riding to the next level. Position and balance, operation of controls, trail awareness, direction control, and/or front or rear wheel lift may be among the skills and maneuvers that Emmy will cover. The ride will last about 2 hours.

The ride is geared toward riders new to mountain biking (beginner), riders with limited off-road riding experience (novice), and riders aspiring to ride comfortably on singletrack with roots, rocks, and tight turns (novice+). A bike helmet is mandatory.

You don't have to be a member of NEMBA to participate in the skills ride, but you must sign NEMBA's Annual Waiver, linked below.

https://waiver.smartwaiver.com/w/5ee3b647520b5/kiosk/

For additional information, contact prnemba@gmail.com

We hope to see you there!

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Penobscot Region

Trail

Event Leader

Emmy Monahan
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GP NEMBA Fall Social

Date

11/10/21 5:30pm

Greater Portland NEMBA Fall Social

Join the Greater Portland Chapter of NEMBA as we celebrate the end of summer riding and the beginning of winter with a Fall Social.

A big thank you goes out to our hosts Maine Beer Company, located at 525 US-1, Freeport, ME 04032

Come hang out with the GP NEMBA crew.

Free entry with food and beer available for purchase.

Stay tuned to this Facebook page for more details.

   Members and non-members are all welcome.

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Greater Portland

Event Leader

Matt Warner
matthewswarner@gmail.com

PR NEMBA Bog Bridge Build

Date

11/6/21 10:00am

The Bangor Land Trust has scheduled a bog bridge construction project on Charlies Trail/Ridge Trail and are looking for volunteers!

The project will take place Saturday November 6th at 10:00am, with a rain date of Sunday November 7th.

We will meet at the end of Tamarack Trail off Essex Street to walk in and begin work.

The project will consist of transporting cut cedar rounds to the work site, preparing the ground for bridging, and installing hemlock planks on the cedar rounds to create an eight section bog boardwalk.

We will need the following tools:

-A chainsaw and volunteer willing to operate the saw for cutting cedar rounds

-Battery powered drills for drilling planks

-Shovels/pick axes (PRNEMBA owns and will provide these) for preparing the ground surface and creating drains

-Heavy hammer for pounding spikes into bridging

-Sturdy footwear and work gloves

 

Please reply via email to by Wednesday November 3rd if you are able to attend so we can provide an accurate head count and tool count to the Bangor Land Trust.

 

If you have not yet done so, please fill out the annual NEMBA waiver. This only needs to be signed once per year, takes less than 2 minutes, and ensures proper insurance and liability coverage for all those participating in any NEMBA event.

 

Link to the waiver: https://waiver.smartwaiver.com/w/5ee3b647520b5/kiosk/

 

Thank you!

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Penobscot Region

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MC Maine Trail Day

Date

10/23/21 9:00am

MC Maine NEMBA Trail Day

Event by John Anders and Midcoast Maine NEMBA

Thomaston Town Forrest Trail

For · Anyone! You don't have to be a member of NEMBA to help us make our trails better.

   But everone must sign the Annual Waiver, if they haven't already done so.

Join McNEMBA and Sidecountry Trails this Saturday to lend a hand on a fun trail reroute.

Tools will be staged prior to the fun, so all you need to do is meet up at the at the Clark St trailhead with your bike and ride in.

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Midcoast Maine

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PR NEMBA Chapter Meeting

Date

10/14/21 6:00pm

Greetings Penobscot Region NEMBA members! It is time to elect your Board of Directors again! Eight PRNEMBA members will be elected to serve on the chapter’s Board of Directors, with four officer positions to be assigned; President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary. Both officers and board members will be key decision makers for our chapter.

If you’re looking to get involved and make a difference in our riding community, please submit the following:

-A short biography (1-3 paragraphs) about yourself and your involvement with mountain biking in our region

-Any officer positions you would like to be elected to

-Any board or officer positions you currently hold or have held in the past

-How you’d like to help influence both our chapter and the riding community around us.

Current board members, past board members, and those who have never served on the board are all encouraged to apply! Please send all bios to .

Bios will be due by our October chapter meeting (10/14), and members will vote electronically from 10/15-10/31. The slate of board members will be announced 11/1 with officer positions to follow. For further information, contact

Our next chapter meeting will be held Thursday October 14th at 6:00pm at Orono Brewing Company on Margin Street in Orono, Maine. We will be gathering between the Beer Hut and the basketball courts outdoors if weather allows, or indoors on the balcony if the weather is poor. Meeting time is set for 6:00pm to allow time for food and drink purchases and socializing before the meeting is called to order at 6:30pm.

 

The meeting agenda thus far is as follows and is subject to change:

 

-Accept September meeting minutes

-Chapter membership update

-Essex Woods trail work follow up

-Board election details

-Thinking ahead for winter

-Open discussion

 

We hope to see you there!

 

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