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!
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
NOTE: New Parking Location -- 10 Gumpus Rd., Lowell MA behind ballfields
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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 email@example.com
Fallon Road, Stoneham, MA
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.
Douglas State Forest
NEMBA's Trail School South -- Saturday May 20th, 2017
Registration is now open for our one-day course in how to design, construct and maintain great singletrack. The first 30 people to register will be given a complimentary trail building textbook from IMBA, IMBA's Trail Solutions.Registration is now over for this event -- Sorry!
This course is perfect for riders, trail enthusiasts, land stewards and land managers interested in learning about what makes for sustainable, enjoyable trails and how to take care of them.
The course will include classroom presentations on the best practices of trail building and maintenance in the morning, followed by hands-on trail building clinics in the afternoon.
Coffee, snacks and lunch will be included, and there will also be an option to purchase IMBA's trailbuilding textbook, IMBA Trail Solutions.
The cost is $20. Please bring a check for $40 if you wish to purchace IMBA's book, Trail Solutions: IMBA's Guide to Building Sweet Singletrack.
The course will take place at Rockhouse Hill Sanctuary, managed by the Oxford Land Trust, located about 45 minutes southwest of Hartford and 30 minutes northwest of New Haven.
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