Southeast 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.


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. 

SEMass NEMBA Wompatuck Bridge Repair


12/5/21 9:00am

SE MA NEMBA & Friends of Wompatuck Bridge Repair Day

This Sunday, December 5th, we will be repairing some bridges damaged in the October storm.

If you want to help, meet us at 9 AM at the Visitor Center.

Make sure to dress for the weather!

Hopefully we can bang out the identified projects in just a couple hours.

  Please sing the 2021 Annual Waiver if you haven't already done so.

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SE Mass


Event Leader

Vicki Schow

SE MA NEMBA Thanksgiving Ride

Event Date

11/25/21 (All day)

Borderland Thanksgiving Day Ride

Description: Burn off some calories before you fill up on stuffing! Meet at the Borderland Stae Park visitors center lot located at 282 Massapoag Ave in N. Easton.

This will be an intermediate-advanced tech ride at an advanced beginner pace. So we'll ride a lot of tech at a reasonable pace.

We'll likely do about 8 miles. So you'll have an empty tank before you fill it with turkey.

The ride will start at 8:30.  But be there by 8:15 so that we can have a brief rider's meeting and get going at 8:30.

Please sign NEMBA's Annual Waiver which covers you for all ride and trail care events if you haven't already done so.

Contact me, John Refford if you have any questions. 

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John Refford

Great Neck Bog Bridge Build

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Bridging a Gap On The South Shore

On Sunday 11/7/21 SE Mass and Cape Cod NEMBA built a 200’ bog bridge at the Great Neck Conservation Area in Wareham MA. The property is owned by Wildlands Trust. The two chapters had been talking with Wildlands about building a bridge over a perpetually muddy area for more than a year. But like so many things, Covid-19 threw a monkey wrench into the works.

This fall, Ethan Nardone, a prospective Eagle Scout candidate was looking for a project to complete before he reached his 18th birthday.

Things dovetailed from there. SE MASS and CC NEMBA donated the money necessary to purchase the building materials and the project was on.

Over 40 volunteers, from the two NEMBA chapters, Wildlands Trust staff, Ethan’s friends and family and the mountain bike club from the nearby Taybor Academy constructed the bridge. Amazingly in just under two hours.

Great Neck is a great place to ride, and if you look at Trailforks for Wareham you’ll see that it is an integral part of the town's trail system.

It should be noted that this is the first joint project of Wildlands Trust and NEMBA. WIldlands owns over 40 properties in SE MASS, many of which have extensive trail systems.

Look for more joint projects in the future.


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Wildlands Trust Ride & Toy Drive

Event Date

12/5/21 10:00am to 1:00pm

Join Wildlands & NEMBA for a mountain bike ride in Plymouth, as we gear up for the holiday season.

Participants will park at the Wildlands Trust Headquarters, Davis Douglas Farm located at 675 Long Pond Rd.

Accessible beginner and intermediate routes will be offered at Emery Preserve and Halfway Pond East, respectively.

Both rides will be guided, and "no-drop".

Riders signing up for the experienced ride should be comfortable with blue trails and a consistent pace over 10 miles.

There will be an outdoor fire with snacks and drinks as riders finish their selected rides!

You are encouraged to bring one or more unwrapped toys which will be donated to needy children.

Note: This ride will be limited to 30 people in two groups. So sign up early

Full details are here.  


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Claire Johnston

CC NEMBA Holiday Party


12/7/21 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Cap Cod NEMBA Annual Holiday Party

Event by Frank Merola and The Official Cape Cod NEMBA Group

Cape Codder Resort located at 1225 Lyannough Rd in Hyannis MA

For  · Members of Cape Cod NEMBA and area mountain bikers who may become members.

Join us for the annual holiday party and awards ceremony. Free Food and cash bar. 6pm - 9pm

   Social Hour: 6:00 - 7:00

   Cape Cod NEMBA Update 2021 & 2022    7:00

   More Socializing - Till 9:00.

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Cape Cod

Event Leader

Frank Merola

SE MA NEMBA Trail Day @ Mine Brook


12/4/21 9:00am

SE MA NEMBA @ Wildlands Trust Trail Project

We'll be continuing our efforts to construct & install  700  ft. of bog bridges on the Iron Mine Brook & Chapman's Landing trail system from 9am to 1 pm on Saturday December 4th

This property is located at the end of Indian Head Dr. in Hanover where you will find the parking area for the property.  

We'll be both constructing and carrying the heavy bog boards in teams out to marked locations on the trail system. 

Please be prepared to carry heavy weight on uneven ground. 

After the recent Nor'easter there maybe some trail cleanup as well.   

Please bring gloves, safety glasses, a drill if you have one, loppers, handsaw, water, and snacks. 

Please also wear long pants and close toed sturdy shoes. 

This project is weather dependent so check back on this page before the date. 

If you have any questions please contact Erik Boyer at

Thank you for helping!

Youdo not have to be a member of NEMBA or Wildlands Trust to take part.

You just have to want to make our trails better.

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

Note:  This event is deer shotgun season. So everyone is encouraged to wear orange.




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SE Mass

Event Leader

Tommy Walker