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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. 

GBNEMBA 2017 Weekly Ride Series

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

GBNEMBA's 2017 weekly ride series has started, weather and conditions permitting. Come ride with us!

  1. Monday Night Beginner/Novices ride at Beaver Brook North on Lexington/Waltham. This series is aimed at *new* MTB'rs with little or no experience riding singletrack.
  2. Wednesday Night Social Ride at the Fells. Open to all - no drop, multiple groups (Mellow, Intermediate, Advanced)- social and fun!
  3. Thursday Night Social Ride at the Landlocked Forest. Open to all - no drop, multiple groups (Mellow, Intermediate, Advanced)- social and fun!
All of the adult rides start time is 6:00pm and rides go out by 6:15pm. Please be prompt and ready to go. All rides require helmets. Rain policy: drizzle/passing showers/light rain won't cancel the ride. Steady rain and/or thunder & lighting will cancel. If the weather is questionable, look for information on the GB Rides Facebook page or contact the ride leader.

Check out our Monthly Calendar for all of our upcoming events, rides and chapter meetings.

You can also stay informed about the latest happenings by joining GBNEMBA's Facebook Group and our GBNEMBA Rides Facebook page.  We hope to see you on the trail!

Always be an ambassador for our sport! Best practices include:
  • Slow down when you see other riders, hikers, or animals.
  • Pass other trail users at about their speed - be courteous and talk to them
  • Ride through the center of a mud patch or puddle, NOT around it.
  • Ride over an obstacle, NOT around it.
  • If you can't ride over an obstacle, get off and walk it - stay on the trail.
  • Do not make new routes or trails.
  • Do not build stunts.
  • Do not skid, spin out, or fishtail - uphill nor downhill.
  • Always offer to yield the right of way.
  • Be friendly - say hi to other trail users!

Wachusett NEMBA Trail Day @ Trout Brook

Date

11/13/21 9:00am

Holden Trail Day

Trout Brook Reservation

Saturday November 13th 

9:00 Am - 1:00 Pm

 

Flooding has made Trout Brook's (blue) Bob Elms Trail unusable for years. Wachusett NEMBA has gained permission from the Town of Holden to make the Bob Elms trail useable for everyone. This year we will reroute the trail around the muddiest sections and next year we plan to build a bridge over Ball Brook.

A trail work day is planned for Saturday, November 13th from 9-1pm with a ride around Trout Brook for anyone who can stay afterwards. The goals are to:

  1. Turn a path that people have already begun to use into a permanent route for the Bob Elms trail. This will involve raking, pruning, moving rocks, and building some short bog bridges.
  2. Closing down the old section of Bob Elms by blocking it with natural barriers and removing rickety structures people have placed over the wettest section.


We’d love your help returning the Bob Elms trail to a functional state so that riders and others can enjoy it. If we need more tools we'll put the word out, but for now plan to being a pair of work gloves. Parking will be on the North St lot. This is a small lot so if you can carpool with others that would be great. Hope to see you there!


Holden Working Group - Wachusett NEMBA

First, if you haven't already done so sign NEMBA's annual waiver then signup here

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

You just have to want to make our trails better.

Chapter

Wachusett

Trail

Event Leader

Mike Wilander
mkwilander@gmail.com

BV NEMBA Chapter Meeting

Date

11/8/21 6:00pm

 Blackstone Valley NEMBA Chapter Meeting

CraftRoots Brewing

For  · NEMBA members and non-members. You don't have to be a member to attend.

Chapter Meeting at CraftRoots Brewing.

Come hear about the latest in mountain biking in the Blackstone Valley and talk bikes.

Socializing at 6:00
Meeting starts at 6:30

Chapter will provide food.

Cash bar.
If you'd like to discuss a particular topic, please contact Laura, lzimmer@nemba,org, or the Blackstone Valley NEMBA Facebook page so we can add it to the agenda.

Chapter Meeting Agenda

Monday November 8th, 2021 6:30 PM
Craftroots Brewery, located at 4 Industrial Drive, Milford MA. 01754

Call the Meeting to Order 6:30 PM
Approve last meetings minutes.
Approve last meetings treasurers report

Treasurer’s Report

Trail Work Updates
West Hill Dam
Callahan
Nobscot
Douglas

Trailforks Guru, Bruce Rioux

VLMC, Kevin Keenan
Vietnam Report

Ride Series Update

Best Dam Ride Ride Recap

New Business & Updates

Meeting Adjournes 

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Chapter

Blackstone Valley

Event Leader

lzimmer@nemba.org

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MacAllum WMA, Westborough

218 Milk St
Westborough  Massachusetts  01581
United States

Easy

80%

Moderate

15%

Difficult

5%

Description

The Wayne F. MacAllum Wildlife Management Area in Westborough is a 900 acre property in the town of Westborough.

There are about 18 miles of trails there. 

Unusual for this area the trails are mostly flat and relatively rock free. Which makes it a perfect place for family rides or to introduce newer riders to the sport.

In the winter it's a great place to corss country ski.

Many of the trails offer scenic views of lakes and fields. While others dive deep into the woods.

A few trails, notably the ones surrounding the feed lots get overgrown by mid summer.

During Massachusett hunting season the the WMA sees a lot of hunters.

  It shoud be noted that Massachusetts does not allow hunting on Sundays.

You'll spend a lot of time exploring MacAllum's mellow trails. And you will be back.

 

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Local Shops

Landrys

Local Eats

Mass Wildlife

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Cormier Woods

217 Chapin St
Uxbridge  Massachusetts  01569
United States

Easy

35%

Moderate

50%

Difficult

15%

Description

Cormier Woods: Taken from the Trustees Page.

Cormier Woods lies within the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, a designated area extending from Worcester to Providence that celebrates the historical and cultural importance of the river, the birthplace of America’s Industrial Revolution. Easy-to-moderate intensity trails wind through open meadow and along stone walls, opening up a quintessential 1800s New England agricultural landscape and small-scale farmstead, replete with an historic house, barn, and a blueberry patch that ripens in late summer.

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Local Shops

Milford Bicycle

Steve The Bike Guy

Links to Relevant Resources

BV NEMBA Trail Day @ Cormier Woods

Date

9/18/21 (All day)

We will be constructing a bench cut around an eroded fall line trail on the Albee loop at Cormier Woods in Uxbridge.

Pick and shovel work will be required.

Meet at the Cormier Woods parking lot (248 Chapin St, Uxbridge) at 9 AM.

Tools will be supplied but bring work gloves.

You do not have to be a member of NEMBA to attend. But everone must sign NEMBA's annual waiver.

 

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Chapter

Blackstone Valley

Event Leader

Bill Dakai
bill.dakai2@gmail.com

BV NEMBA Chapter Meeting

Date

8/9/21 6:30pm

Blackstone Valley NEMBA Summer Chapter Meeting

By Blackstone Valley NEMBA

A decision has been made to move the meeting to an online event to hopefully allow more people to participate.

We won't give up on in person meetings but it seems things aren't quite back to normal yet.
The Zoom link for the meeting is:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9432259077
If there is a topic you would like on the agenda please message  .

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Chapter

Blackstone Valley

Event Leader

Laura Zimmer
lzimmer@nrmba.org

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