Southern CT

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. 

NEMBA Trail School @ Goodwin State Forest

Monday, May 19, 2014

Riders and trail enthusiasts from an array of organizations gathered at Goodwin Conservation Center in Hampton, Connecticut for NEMBA's annual two-day course in trail design, construction and maintenance.

In addition to riders from numerous NEMBA chapters from Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut, participants came from the Connecticut Parks & Forests Association, the Central CT Regional Planning Agency, the Friends of Goodwin State Park, Greenfield Trails Association (NH), Londonderry Trails (NH) and even as far away as the Gennesee Region Offroad Cyclists (Rochester, NY).

In the NEMBA tradition of "work hard, play harder", the course featured not only classroom instruction but outdoors hands-on build clinics as well as an epic ride on the extensive trail system that encompasses Goodwin State Forest and Natchaug State Forest.

“Our trail school is key to increasing our capacity to improve and build more trails,” commented NEMBA director, Philip Keyes. “I’m confident that everyone who attended this year’s class will go on to put on their own trail care events and help us build a better New England for trails and trail-based recreation in all its forms.”

Our thanks to the supportive staff at the Goodwin Conservation Center and the CT Department of Energy & Environmental Protection for opening their doors to us and allowing us to camp out -- the evening bonfire was great!  We also thank the Friends of Goodwin State Forest for helping with project locations. Lastly, a huge shout-out of thanks to our NEMBA instructors, Paula Burton, Adam Glick, Maciej Sobieszek and Mike Tabaczynski, and to our ride leaders, Stacey Jimenez and Glenn Newcombe.

If you missed out, mark your calendars now for the May 21-22, 2015.

Southern CT

Nathan-Hale Ray Middle School, E Haddam

73 Clark Gates Rd
Moodus  Connecticut  06469
United States

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40%

Moderate

40%

Difficult

20%

Description

The trails at the Nathan-Hay Ray School in Moodus are really fun to ride.

They are the result of a lot of work done by Southeatern CT NEMBA in 2021.

Currently there are about 7 miles of trails. With more to be added.

This is a great place for a family ride.

But the trails are fun for everyone.

Obviously, the trails are closed during school hours.

 

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SE CT NEMBA Chapter Meeting

Date

1/10/22 6:30pm

SE CT NEMBA January Chapter Meeting

           Zoom into our first meeting of 2022.

Members and non-members are welcome to join!!

Topics will include chapter news, details on upcoming events, and other topics.

Detailed agenda will be added to this Facebook Page in advance of meeting.

 

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Chapter

Southeastern CT NEMBA

Event Leader

Brett Severson
bseverson@nemba.org

HC NEMBA Annual Holiday Party

Date

12/8/21 6:00pm

 

 

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Housatonic Valley NEMBA

 

Annual Holiday Party @ Class Cycles

Join us December 8th at 6 p.m. as we celebrate the close of another great season of riding. Continuing our tradition, the Class Cycles Shop Holiday Party will also share space with our Chapter of NEMBA as we raffle off items to raise funds for ongoing trail work. Bring a dessert to share - we will provide the rest! We'll have door prizes and raffles.
Class Cycles is located at 77 Main Street N. in Southbury.

All invited to a celebration of all things bike. Bring cash for the raffle. HVNEMBA will also be selling club t-shirts and memberships.

Want to help out?

We do need donations of swag for the raffle.

We have many volunteer opportunities. This is your club, help us grow our mountain bike community!

Chapter

Housatonic Valley NEMBA

Event Leader

Paula Burton
pburton@nemba.org

Central CT NEMBA Res Ride

Event Date

11/30/21 9:30am

R.I.W. Ride #4

Tuesday 11/30/2021

We will be riding the infamous and some what ancient West Hartford Reservoir.

This was one of few hot areas back in 1994 when I was starting out, however it is still a worthy ride.

With a big climb right out of the gate, it is perfect for a chilly morning ride.

We will encounter lots of trap rock tech which in my opinion is some of the hardest rock to ride due to is jagged, chock your wheels abruptly nature.

I will work in some of the more flowy trails to keep things rolling.

This is a no drop pace ride suitable for intermediate riders who at least dabble in tech.

NEMBA membership is not required but you will need to have signed the 2021 liability waiver.

We will be meeting at 9:30 am and wheels will be rolling by 9:40.

This group has been ruthless and has been pushing me to start on time so don't be late.

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State

Connecticut

Ride Level

Intermediate

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Tom Tyburski

HV NEMBA Trail Day @ Waldo

Date

12/4/21 9:00am

Housatomic Valley TrailBuild @ Waldo State Park.

Work day at Waldo on Saturday, 12/4, 9 AM and home by lunch.

It's time we re-routed part of the Red trail just uphill from the parking lot.

The descent on the far side of the hill past the laurels is getting rooty and eroded.

Paula and I laid out a fun, twisty course just to the west of there.

It will need some benching and some raking, but it won't be a major undertaking.

If more people show than are needed for this task, the trails can definitely use a clipper patrol.

Sign the 2021 NEMBA Waiver if you haven't already done so.

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Chapter

Housatonic Valley NEMBA

Trail

Event Leader

Andy Engel
aeinct@aol.com

HV NEMBA Thanksgiving Ride @ Waldo

Event Date

Repeats every week until Sat Nov 27 2021 .
11/26/21 10:00am

Thanksgiving is almost here, which means one thing: TURKEY BURNER RIDES!

HV NEMBA is running the following rides over the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend:

- Friday 11/26 Waldo State Park, wheels down 10 a.m. (led by Maria Dumoulin)

- Friday 11/26 Upper Paugussett State Park, wheels down 8 a.m. at the Pond Brook Boat Ramp (led by Mark Lurie)

- Saturday 11/27 Rockhouse Hill Sanctuary, wheels down 9 a.m., (led by Lori Johnstone). Please respond via comments here or e-mail to confirm attendance/meeting spot for this ride only.

   Please wear blaze orange or some other bright color to these rides.

In addition to getting in a ride, the club has branded socks and winter beanies available for sale - ask your ride leader for more information!

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

  These ride are open to NEMBA members and prospective members.

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State

Connecticut

Ride Level

All Levels

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Chris Del Sole

FC NEMBA Turkey Burner & Toy Drive

Date

11/27/21 9:00am to 1:00pm

Event by New England Mountain Bike Association (NEMBA)Fairfield County NEMBA and Michaela Lawlor

Location: Hemlock Hills located at 117 S Shore Dr, Ridgefield

Duration: 4 hr

For: NEMBA members and non-members

DUE TO WEATHER, The Turkey Burner and Holiday Toy Drive has been MOVED to Saturday, November 27th at Hemlock Hills in Ridgefield!

Park at the Lake Windwing Ballfields
17 South Shore Drive
Ridgefield, CT 06877

To participate, please bring a toy (or however many you wish to donate) with you. Please DO NOT wrap them. Toys will be donated to Toys for Tots. To read more about Toys for Tots and their mission, visit their site here: https://www.toysfortots.org/

We will have intermediate and social paced groups go out. Wheels down at 9AM.

Hope to see you there!

To participate: Please bring a toy (or however many you wish to donate) with you.

Please DO NOT wrap them. Toys will be donated to Toys for Tots.

To read more about Toys for Tots and their mission, visit their site here: https://www.toysfortots.org/

Hope to see you there!

Please sign the 2021 NEMBA waiver here if you haven't yet already done so: https://waiver.smartwaiver.com/w/5ee3b647520b5/kiosk/

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Chapter

Fairfield County

Trail

Event Leader

Michaela Lawler
michaela@nemba.org

FC NEMBA Chapter Meeting

Date

10/20/21 6:00pm

Fairfield County NEMBA - Chapter Board Meeting

Wednesday, October 20th at 6pm

 

Agenda Items:

  • Nomination of Michaela Lawlor to FCNEMBA Board.
  • Trail Projects: Plans for Huntington Rock Bridges. Plans for Pierrepont. Trumbull boardwalk. Other ideas.
  • Maps/Trailforks Update
  • Website Update
  • Social – Appreciation event ideas. Odeens?
  • Group Rides - Updates
  • Treasury Report

Hope to see you then!

Mike Malwitz

FCNEMBA Chapter President

   Contact me, for Zoom info.

 

Chapter

Fairfield County

Event Leader

Mike Malwitz
mmalwitz@nemba.org

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