Northeast 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. 

MV NEMBA Chapter Meeting & Ride

Date

11/20/21 11:00am

The Merrimack Valley chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association fall chapter meeting.


The day will start with a ride at the Lowell-Dracut-Tyngsboro State Forest.

All levels welcome.

We will meet at the Wang School located at 365 W Meadow Road in Lowell.for a 11:00 AM roll out.

The ride will wrap up just after 1PM.

The meeting will start at 2PM sharp at the Navigation Brewery, located at 122 Western Ave in Lowell.

Food will be served.

You do not have to be a member of NEMBA to ride with us, or to come to the meeting.

   But everyone must sign NEMBA's Annual Waiver if they haven't already done so..

 

Please RSVP at bmoore@gmail.com So I can get a head count.

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Chapter

Merrimack Valley

Trail

Event Leader

Barry Moore
bmoore@nemba.org

NS NEMBA App

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

New!  

The NSNEMBA app launched in June 2021 and riders have quickly adopted it.  

This deceptively simple app has streamlined communications about rides and events taking away the ambiguity of multiple posts in multiple places.   

If you’re interested in what’s going on in the North Shore, we encourage you to check it out at www.nsnemba.app.  

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NS NEMBA Chapter Meeting & Ride

Date

8/24/21 7:30pm

Meeting & Ride hosted by Frank Lane and North Shore NEMBA

362 Salem St, Andover, MA 

For  · Members of North Shore NEMBA and any Mountain Bikers

    You don't have to be a member of NEMBA to attend. But everyone has to have signed NEMBA's Annual Waiver.

We will be meeting at the home of Andy Sherman’s at 7:30.

Harold Parker is close by so plan to ride beforehand! Ride schedule and times will be posted on this Facebook Page.
Agenda to include planning for:
NEMBA news updates
Fall trail projects
Fall/ winter group rides
  All are welcome to attend!
Food to be provided! 

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Chapter

North Shore

Trail

Event Leader

Frank Lane
flane@nemba.org

NS NEMBA Monday Willowdale Ride

Event Date

Repeats every week every Monday until Mon Aug 30 2021 .
6/7/21 (All day)

NORTH SHORE NEMBA WILLOWDALE RIDE

Dates: Repeats every week every Monday until Mon August 30, 2021.

Time:  5:30 PM.

North Shore NEMBA will be hosting a Monday Willowdale State Forest ride through August.

This will be a fun, no-drop ride and is intermediate pace. 

We will explore Willowdale's many trails 1.5-2.0 hours, 10-12 miles.

For: NS NEMBA members and prospective members.

   You do not have to be a NEMBA member to ride with us, but you do have to sign NEMBA"s once-a-year Ride Waiver

    Please note new location and start time for this year.

The ride will start from 262  Linebrook Road Ipswich MA 01938

Please try to get there by 5:15 so that we can get the ride off on time.

   Updates may be posted to this Facebook Page.

Contact Mark Ouelette with quesitons or for more information.  

  Let's Ride!

 

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State

Massachusetts

Ride Level

Intermediate

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Mark Quellette

NS NEMBA Women's Novice Ride

Event Date

Repeats every week every Thursday until Thu Sep 02 2021 .
6/3/21 (All day)

NORTH SHORE NEMBA WOMEN'S novice RIDE

Dates: every week on Thursdays, until Wed. September 2, 2021.

locations vary: Willowdale State Forest and TBD

Time: 5:30pm, but get there early so that we can get the ride off on time.

For: Novice women’s ride series is a no drop, no pressure, fun ride!

  You do not have to be a NEMBA member to join us, but you must have signed NEMBA's Annual Waiver

This ride requires a good working bike that is capable of riding on hard packed dirt and a helmet.

Terrain includes fire roads and single track trails with roots and rocks.

Distance varies from 4 miles to 8 miles depending on the group and mix of terrain.

Plan for a 1.5 to two hour ride that may change due to the group’s desires.

Distance varies from 4 miles to 8 miles depending on the group and mix of terrain.

Bring hydration as it gets warms as the ride goes on.

Try to get there a bit early so that we can get the ride off by 5:30PM

Rides will be posted weekly on the NS NEMBA Facebook page or contact me, Jayne O’Leary, 

Be sure to sign NEMBA's annual ride waiver before you joining us, but note, you only have to sign it once.

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Location

Locations will vary.

Chapter

State

Massachusetts

Ride Level

Beginner
Novice
Advanced-novice

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Jayne O'Leary

NS NEMBA Thursday Evening Ride

Event Date

Repeats every week every Thursday until Thu Sep 09 2021 .
5/27/21 (All day)

NS NEMBA Thursday Evening Ride Series

NS NEMBA will be hosting a series of fun rides at various locations in our regions.

The rides will start at 5:30 PM, but get there early so that we can get off on time.

These rides are no-drop, intended for experienced riders but all are welcome.

You do not have to be a NEMBA member to ride with us. But, you have to have signed NEMBA's Annual Waiver ahead of time. 

Bring: Your bike, a helmet, something to drink a smile and maybe some bug spray.

Check this Facebook Page for weekly updates for location.

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Location

Locations Vary

Chapter

State

Massachusetts

Ride Level

Intermediate

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Bob Ganley

NS NEMBA Wednesday Women's Ride

Event Date

Repeats every week every Wednesday until Wed Sep 01 2021 .
6/2/21 (All day)

NS NEMBA Wednesday Evening Women's Ride

Debi Monto Merloni and North Shore NEMBA

Georgetown Rowley State Forest or other nearby location

Wednesday Evenings: 530 PM

Price: Free

For  · Members of North Shore NEMBA and beyond.

  You do not have to be a NEMBA member to ride with us. But, you have to have signed NEMBA's Annual Waiver ahead of time. 

      MTB ride for Women - supportive, social, confidence-building and fun!

Start: 5:30 PM – arrive early to check-in, roll on time
Locations: Georgetown-Rowley SF, off route 97, take Pingree Farm Rd. Georgetown, But locations may vary so check this Facebook Page for updates.
Level: Intermediate level
-Social at sunset – let’s hang out and talk MTB season!

-Ride is geared toward intermediate riders who are comfortable mountain biking on single track trails. It is a no drop ride with the pace set by the group. There will be opportunities to stop and session sections of trail for encouragement of skill advancement.

Bring: water, bug spray, ID/medical info, cell phone charged, helmet and functioning bicycle, tubes, tools
-Minimum age 18 -Locations will vary weekly; including GRSF, Greenwood/Beverly and Harold Parker/Andover. After ride we’ll hang out at trail head or on occasion go for libations at a local spot.

Take your confidence, riding and lifestyle to the next level!
Ride Leaders: Debi, Lisa & Karen

See trail description - https://www.nemba.org/.../georgetown-rowley-state-forest

-Ride will run weekly through Sept. 1st. Check Facebook for weekly invite for ride updates, locations and rain cancellations.

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State

Massachusetts

Ride Level

Intermediate

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Debi Merloni

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