Metrowest MA

Kids Mountain Biking Fest!

Event Date

10/15/17 9:30am to 1:30pm

Sunday, October 15

GBNEMBA will once again be celebrating all things kids and bikes by hosting a Kids Mountain Biking Festival at the Middlesex Fells, Sheepfold Parking Lot.  This event also marks the National Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day. 

Come join us for some biking, arts & crafts, food and much more.

Schedule of Events

  • 9:00am - 11:00am:  Sign-in
  • 9:45am : Led Rides
  • 10:15am: Led Rides 
  • 11am - 1pm:  Stunts demo/ learning
  • 11:30am:  Balance Bike Race
  • 10am - noon:  Arts and Crafts (including Pumpkin Decorating)
  • Noon:  BBQ lunch
  • 12:30am:  Swag raffle (must be present to win)

* We will have a short coned course perfect for training wheels and balance bikes.  

The Kids Rides are designed for children ages 6-15.  Based on the skill levels of the participants, we typically break into two groups: one for kids who have more experience with riding, and a second group for beginners.  All we ask is no training wheels on the rides BUT we will have a short marked course for training wheels.

 
No registration is required.  If you have any questions about the Kids’ Rides please contact Andrea Jones.
 

These rides allow children to have fun while enjoying the outdoors and getting some fitness.  In addition to learning some biking skills, kids are taught respect for the parks, trails, and other trail users.  The ride will be well staffed and every safety precaution will be observed.  Parents are welcome on the ride but not required.  Riders must have a serviceable bike, properly fitted helmet, and water for the ride.  All riders must wear closed-toed shoes - no flip flops or sandals. 

Click here for GoogleMap Directions Read more about Kids Mountain Biking Fest!

Location

Middlesex Fells - Sheepfold Parking Lot

Chapter

State

Massachusetts

Ride Level

All Levels

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Andrea Jones

GBNEMBA / DCR Toys for Tots Social and Kids Ride

Event Date

11/26/17 9:30am to 12:15pm

Come join GBNEMBA and DCR at our annual Toys for Tots ride and campfire social on Sunday, November 26, 2017 at DCR's Botume House in Stoneham, MA. In addition to an Adult ride we will also be leading  our last 2017 Kids Ride. Both rides start at 9:30am. After the rides we will warm up around the campfire enjoying smores and hot beverages.

Please bring a new, unwrapped toy suitable for ages 0-2 or 9-12. Please no weapon-like toys or toys with food. 4 Woodland Road, Stoneham, MA Read more about GBNEMBA / DCR Toys for Tots Social and Kids Ride

Location

Middlesex Fells - DCR's Botume House

Chapter

State

Massachusetts

Ride Level

All Levels

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Andrea Jones

NEMBA Kids Ride PLUS Ice-Cream!

Event Date

9/24/17 10:30am

Come join NSNEMBA and GBNEMBA for the September Kids Ride at Dow Brook Conservation Area, Ipswich on Sunday September  24.   This will be a BONUS Ice-cream ride.  Kids Rides are a great way for kids and teens to build strong bodies, build confidence, have tons of fun and enjoy being outside!

Meeting at the ball fields 100 Mile Lane Ipswich Ma 01938.

The Kids Rides are designed for children ages 6-15.  Based on the skill levels of the participants, we typically break into two groups: one for kids who have more experience with riding, and a second group for beginners.  All we ask is no training wheels. 
 
No registration is required.  If you have any questions about the Kids Rides please contact Andrea Jones.
 

GBNEMBA 2016 Kids RIDE SERIES

  • May 6 - Kona GBNEMBA Ride at Middlesex Fells, Medford
  • June 10 - LandLock Forest, Estabrook Elementary School, Lexington
  • July 16 - 4th Annual Ice-cream ride at Great Brook Farm, Carlisle
  • Aug 19 - Beaver Brook North, Belmont
  • Sept 10 - Kona MVNEMBA Ride at Great Brook Farm, Carlisle
  • Sept 24 -  Ride and post Ice-Cream at Dow Brook Conservation Area, Ipswich
  • Oct 15 - Kids Mountain Biking Festival, Middlesex Fells, Medford http://nemba.org/rides/kids-mountain-biking-fest
  • Nov 25 - Toys for Tots Ride, Middlesex Fells, Stoneham

These rides allow children to have fun while enjoying the outdoors and getting some fitness.  In addition to learning some biking skills, we teach respect for the parks, trails, and other trail users.  The ride will be well staffed and every safety precaution will be observed.  Parents are welcome on the ride but not required.  Riders must have a serviceable bike, properly fitted helmet, and water for the ride.  All riders must wear closed-toed shoes - no flip flops or sandals.  Snacks will be provided! Read more about NEMBA Kids Ride PLUS Ice-Cream!

Location

Dow Brook Conservation Area

Chapter

State

Massachusetts

Ride Level

All Levels

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Andrea Jones

Blackstone Valley NEMBA Trail Build @ Vietnam

Date

8/19/17 (All day)

Join Blackstone Valley NEMBA for some trail work in Vietnam on Saturday, August 19th, meeting 9:00AM at 385 Adams St. Holliston.
We've gotten approval for and organized 3 projects that we’ll be working on. We could use some help so please come out and join us!

1.)    Build a trail extension on the “Lost Trail.”
2.)    Build an hourglass shaped bridge across a mud spot, not far from Lost Trail.
3.)    Remove 3 illegal deer stands in a section of woods where hunting is prohibited. The Holliston Town Forest Committee has asked us to remove them.

We will have tools from our BVNEMBA trailer, or feel free to bring your own if you prefer, and come with gloves, water, and bug spray. Hope to see you there. 

There may be a ride after the work is done.

 

Chapter

Blackstone Valley SE Mass

Trail

Event Leader

John Goeller
goeller@gmail.com

Blackstone Valley NEMBA Chapter Meeting

Date

7/31/17 6:00pm

Please join us for our next Chapter meeting.
CraftRoots opens for us at 6pm. Meeting starts at 6:30pm
Pizza provided by Blackstone Valley NEMBA.
Cash bar.

Chapter Meeting Agenda
Main Focus; Mendon Town Forest Fun Ride Committee
Treasurer’s Report
Ride Schedule Update
Trail Projects Update
Park Representation

Bring your ideas and thoughts.

Location

CraftRoots Brewing - 4 Industrial Road, Milford

Chapter

Blackstone Valley

Event Leader

Brian Forestal
captainbri1@gmail.com
508-509-9258

Supporting Your Local NEMBA Chapter

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Most people first experience their local NEMBA chapter through a chapter sponsored ride. Hopefully they have a good experience and end up coming back for more rides and other events, such as trail work days.. For many mountain bikers, a weekly chapter ride, attending a special event, and paying annual dues is the extent of their participation in their local chapter. There are other benefits your local NEMBA chapter brings to the table that might not be completely obvious, though, and these benefits are why you might want to consider volunteering time to them, in addition to your annual dues.

Sure, your local chapter organizes group rides so you can get together with other awesome mountain bikers just like you, but the importance of your chapter runs much deeper than organizing group rides. Your local chapter’s most important role in mountain biking comes in the form of advocacy for trail access. Trail access has always been a huge issue for mountain bikers, and lately there has been an increase in trail user conflicts all around the country. In the past, we only heard stories about trail sabotage occurring on trails on the West Coast, where a much greater level of trail use conflict occurs, but in the past couple years, we have encountered several cases of booby traps on our own trails here in New England. Here in MA, we have been blindsided by some trail closures and restrictions by state agencies that seemingly came out of the blue. On a more positive note, some of our local independent groups of mountain bikers have recently partnered with NEMBA to work with state agencies to create agreements to officially recognize existing trails on state lands, add them to official trail maps,and allow us to maintain the trails. Situations like these truly reinforce the importance of NEMBA in fostering mountain bikers’ rights to share the trails with other users.

The NEMBA umbrella provides a solid support structure for local chapters to fight trail closures and gain trail access. NEMBA is recognized by most regional landowners and land managers as an organization that promotes responsible trail usage and maintenance. They know that if they sign a land usage agreement with NEMBA, NEMBA will uphold their promise to build appropriate trails and maintain them. Land owners and managers are much more willing to work with an organization that has a solid reputation than they are to work with just a group of seemingly random individuals who want to build trails. NEMBA also provides resources to help local chapters obtain grants and other funding sources, trail building schools, and summits to join mountain bikers from all over to discuss the next biggest ideas in mountain biking.

Another important aspect to consider is that NEMBA and its chapters can only be as great as the effort its members put into it. NEMBA is a bare bones non-profit, covering almost all of New England, and only has two paid staff members. Everyone else representing NEMBA is a volunteer. NEMBA relies heavily on its members to lead weekly rides, organize events and help to fill the roles necessary to run events, or to work with local and state agencies for trail access. So the next time you find yourself asking “When is NEMBA going to fix that section of trail,” or “When is NEMBA going to organize a ride on Tuesday nights, when I’m actually free,” remember, that you are NEMBA. Talk to your chapter officers and volunteer to organize a trail work day to fix that muddy section of trail or to lead a ride on Tuesday nights. If you live near a trail system that you enjoy riding, build a relationship with the land manager and see if there’s anything NEMBA can do to help maintain trails there. Be creative. If you feel NEMBA could benefit from one of your special skills, talk to your chapter officers to see how that skill can be utilized. If everyone just stands back and waits for someone else to take the initiative to do something, nothing happens and we end up with an inactive and lackluster chapter. Your chapter officers love fresh ideas and initiatives, so don’t be afraid to approach them with your thoughts! They are there to help you make great things happen!

-Brenda Smith

DCR Reminder for Fells Riders

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

DCR has reached out to us to ask that we remind riders that the Skyline (White) trail at the Fells is hiking-only. They have observed an increase in the number of riders on Skyline and asked for help getting the word out to the riding community to please not ride on Skyline. So please respect this and take advantage of the other main, legally ride-able trails at the Fells: Orange and Green.

Thanks for spreading the word and helping be good trail-community members at the Fells!

MVNEMBA Tuesday Ride at Lowell-Dracut

Event Date

Repeats every week every Tuesday until Sat Sep 30 2017 .
4/18/17 5:00pm

Join us for our infamous Tuesday Ride at Lowell-Dracut-Tyngsboro State Forest. This is an advanced-intermediate technical ride typically 12-15 miles in length.

The pace is a bit more moderate for the first few weeks as we all shake the rust off, but ramps up to a steady challenging pace with occasional stops to regroup. The ride has two start times to accomodate traffic and schedules. A warmup loop of a few miles leaves the parking lot just after 5PM, and that group swings back through the lot to pick up late arrivals by 6PM.

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT PARKING: Due to lack of parking at Trotting Road, this start of this ride has moved.  We now meet at the public park behind the ballfields located at 10 Gumpus Rd., Lowell MA

Location

NOTE: New Parking Location -- 10 Gumpus Rd., Lowell MA behind ballfields

Chapter

State

Massachusetts

Ride Level

Intermediate

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Barry Moore

Fells Trail Work Day

Date

4/22/17 8:30am to 4:00pm

Greater Boston Mountain Bikers - we need you!

The Greater Boston chapter of NEMBA will be having a trail build in the Middlesex Fells on Saturday, April 22nd, 2017. The goal of this is a reroute of a section of the Orange/Green trails from the south side of Money Hill to the north side of Money Hill. This will resolve some ongoing drainage issues, put that segment on more singletrack, and ultimately increase connected habitat as at a future date, we will be closing down and re-vegetating the original trail.

We will be working on a section of existing trail and also building a new re-route to link it to that existing segment. We need 20-24 volunteers to complete this in one work day. The work day will be from 8:30am to 4pm. Lunch will be provided.

Please come to the Bear Hill parking lot off Fallon Rd in Stoneham, MA. Wear comfortable clothing for trail work, bring work gloves if you have a favorite pair (we also have plenty) and a water bottle (we will have extra).

We are asking attendees to RSVP so we can have an idea of numbers - please email maciej@gbnemba.org





 

Location

Fallon Road, Stoneham, MA

Chapter

Greater Boston

Trail

Event Leader

Maciej Sobieszek
maciej@gbnemba.org

BV NEMBA Park Serve Day at Douglas SF, April 29

Date

4/29/17 (All day)

Save the Date: Saturday, April 29, 2017

11th Annual Park Serve Day
The Department of Conservation & Recreation and BV NEMBA invite you to come to Park Serve Day at Douglas State Forest

 
With the help of volunteers from the Baystate Trail Riders Association and the Blackstone Valley NEMBA , DCR will be constructing a new bridge accessing The Southern New England Trunkline Trail.
 
Here in the Blackstone Valley, mountain bikers have visionary land managers and open-minded user groups to collaborate with. This project is a great opportunity for hikers, horsemen and cyclists to unite and improve the trails we share.
 
Details will follow when known.

Location

Douglas State Forest

Chapter

Blackstone Valley

Trail

Event Leader

Brian Forestal
captainbri1@gmail.com

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