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NEMBA COVID Guidance for Rides & Trail Care Sessions

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

NEMBA Guidance for Rides

Out of an abundance of caution NEMBA put a hold on Trial Care days and Group Rides as the Covid-19 Pandemic escalated.

Currently it seems like every day one or more of the New England States change their recommendations and guidelines. Their overriding concern, of course, is safety.

As each state sets its own policies NEMBA’s policies must be flexible. Our policies must follow at least the minimum guidelines set by each state. But since these guidelines vary in their directives, we have developed some parameters that we believe support the cautious resumption of group rides and trail care sessions. You can help support the health and safety of all riders (and other trail users) by following these practices!

See State by State restrictions below.


NEMBA Recommendations for Group Rides

· Non-household Group rides are allowed in all New England states. The permitted size of those groups varies. NEMBA recommends group sizes of 10 people or less. This is a common requirement in many riding areas. It also reduces interruptions to other trail users and helps keep groups safe and fun. But we leave it to local chapters and their ride leaders to determine what is best for them.

· Maintaining at least 3 bike lengths between each rider ensures physical distancing, at least 30’ but the more the better. The standard 6' social distance may not ensure safety when riding behind a rider or group for long periods of time. So we recommend many times that distance, as far as is practicable. The exception is with family members.

· Ride with a mask at the ready so that you can quickly put it on if you come across other trail users in an area where you can’t maintain a social distance of at least 6’. Or better yet, leave it on. A mask is primarily a courtesy to others. It is a source control measure that limits what you may spread via exhalation. It also provides some protection to you.

· 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 and maintain social distance. This is a time when nobody should assume a “right of way”.

· Do not linger in groups before or after rides. We will all get our “social” on when this Pandemic is over.

· Don’t overcrowd a riding area. If a riding area is busy, try to find an alternate time or location to ride but try to stay close to home. There are state-by-state restrictions on traveling across state lines. Observe them!

· Respect parking regulations. Parking has become a large pain point at many riding areas. If a parking area is full, find another legal place to park.

· We leave it to local chapters to decide what is best for their area and the comfort level of their ride leaders.

· NEMBA requires using some method of rider registration so that in the event of needing to track an individual’s contacts, you can provide that information. NEMBA offers Evenbrite registration, with a Covid-19 questionnaire for any individual or chapter that wishes to use it.

· If you or your chapter would like to hold a group ride, either with or without Eventbrite, send an email to . That way you will be covered by NEMBA’s insurance.


NEMBA Recommendations for Family Rides

· Follow all the requirements of your local governments (State, City or Town) and requirements of the property where you wish to ride.

· Best practice is to ride with members of your household.

· Wear masks when in the presence of others and it is not possible to be at least 6’ apart.

· If possible, choose riding areas without crowds.


NEMBA Recommendations for Trail Care Events

Since each State sets its own policy for outdoor group size, NEMBA’s policy must be flexible. But it must follow the guidelines set by that state. Since these guidelines are in some cases contradictory, we have developed some suggested parameters of our own.

Traditional Trail Care days where more than 30 people might show up in a parking lot, hang out together for instructions, grab tools and head out should be put on hold for now. As must the traditional after trailwork parking lot thank you party. We recommend:


  • 1  Trail Care sessions must be limited to 4-9 people.
  • 2  Social distancing of at least 12’ must be maintained at all times.
  • 3  Face coverings must be used whenever one is within 15’ of anyone else.
  • 4  Tools must not be shared unless they are sanitized before handoffs.
  • 5  For the time being, doing small projects should be the goal.
  • 6  Advance sign up or, events run by invitation only, may be used to put limits on the numbers.
  • 7 After the event, participants should leave the gathering area as soon as possible.
  • 8 NEMBA requires using some method of volunteer registration so that in the event of needing to track an individual’s contacts, you can provide that information. NEMBA offers Evenbrite registration, with a Covid-19 questionnaire for any individual or chapter that wishes to use it.


If you or your NEMBA chapter want to sponsor a Trail Care Event send an email to . This will ensure that your event will be covered by NEMBA’s insurance.

Maine Covid-19 Response    Maine Bureau of Parks

Vermont Covid-19 Guidance    VT State Parks

New Hampshire Covid-19     NH State Parks

Massachusetts Covid-19    Mass DCR Guidance

Connecticut Covid Response    CT DEEP Response

Rhode Island Covid Information    RI DEM Guidance

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Bond Brook Tread Fest


6/25/16 (All day) to 6/26/16 (All day)

The Bond Brook Tread Fest is now in it's 4th year and has become a favorite for people from around the region. 

This year we are turning the event on it's head and broadening our audience to appeal to many more riders. 

The event will truly be a festival for riders of all types and will span 2 days.  There will be kids/beginner only events, endurance events, obstacle course, music, food and local craft beer.  

The Bond Brook Tread Fest is Co Sposored by CE Maine NEMBA and Augusta Trails

Updates will be posted to the CE Maine Facebook Page and here.

Registration opens on May 1st.


Central Maine


Event Leader

Chris Riley

CeMeNEMBA Family Mountain Bike Day

Event Date

6/29/14 10:00am to 2:00pm

Come to "The Res" in Hallowell and join CeMeNEMBA for a fun day of biking, BB-Q'ing, and comraderie. Bring the kids, bring your spouse, and definitely bring your bike!! We'll have a coordinated kids ride, an "adult" ride and other fun things for everyone to enjoy. Don't forget your bathing suit... The Res has a great place to swim.


"The Res" in Hallowell




Ride Level

All Levels

Ride Types

Ride Style


Ride Leader Name

Chris Riley

Central ME

Neptune Woods, Brunswick-Topsham

349 Neptune Dr
Brunswick  Maine  04011
United States









At 64 acres Neptune Woods hosts about 4 miles of beginner and kid friendly trails on former Naval Air Station property.

The trails were created by Six Rivers NEMBA, working in conjunction Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust.

A great description of the project is on this webpage.   

The grand opening of the trail system was on 10/21/18.  Since then they have been actively used by the town's recreation program for a kid's mountain bike program.


Neptune Woods - Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust  Neptune Woods - Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust Mountain Bike Trails Open at Neptune Woods - Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust Neptune Woods - Maine Trail Finder

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Local Shops


Center Street Cycles

The Rusty Crank

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Piscataquis County NEMBA

  • We have been developing a trail program with the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands for the past three years. Most significantly, the Bureau has newly permitted access for trails within a 15,000 acre public parcel - Little Moose Preserve - in Greenville Maine. We have the support of the Town of Greenville and the Moosehead Economic Council as well as the local business community to move forward with an extensive trail system to include all trail development, a parking trailhead, maps, signage and pump track. Greenville is a small town but the population expands during the summer/fall seasons with second-home owners and tourists. 

  • NEMBA has a new Executive Director!

    Click here for details

Central ME

Summerhaven, Augusta

1160 Summerhaven Rd
Augusta  Maine  04330
United States
Park at Tyler Pond Access Area








Summerhaven, sometimes referred to as Tyler Pond is a popular multi-use trail area.

You'll fid ATVs, Motorcycles, Horses, Hikers and mountain bikers out on the trails.

There's an 8 mile loop on both sides of Sanford Road, crossing the road twice.

Ther's also one sandpit which is heavilly favored by ATVs and motorcycles.

You can also explore some side trails leading off the main loop. But expect to find mud here in the wet season.


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Local Shops

Rainbow Bicycle

Busytown Bikes

MC Maine Lincoln Academy MTB Club Weekly Rides

Event Date

9/26/20 (All day)

Midcoast Maine NEMBA / Lincoln Academy Mountain Bike Club Rides

The Lincoln Academt Mountain Bike Club will be hosting weekly rides starting on 9/26/20.

For more information, or to sign contact Rick Nelson,    

This weekly ride is specifically aimed at growing the mountain bike community in the Lincoln Academy school and is for LA high school students as well as middle school students who will be attending LA.

Ride locations will change weekly depending on travel logistics. Some rides will leave directly from the school and will hit the local single and double track. We will also be riding other local destinations like Edgecomb, Camden, Bond Brook etc.

We will break the group up depending on numbers and skill levels and there will be the option for a female only group if there is interest.

You do not need to be an expert rider to join but will need to have a mountain bike in good working order and an approved cycling helmet.

A mask must be carried at all times and worn when in close proximity to others.

All riders will need to fill out a ride waiver 24 hours prior to the ride to reserve a spot. Anyone without a signed waiver will not be allowed to ride. No exceptions...

Please review NEMBA's Covid Guidance prior to the ride.

Save time by signing NEMBA's Annual Waiver ahead of time.

Each individual will need to register themselves for each ride time.

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Ride Leader Name

Rcik Nelson

CR NEMBA Kingfield Trails Pop Up Trail Work Day


6/20/20 9:00am to 1:00pm

Carrabassett Region NEMBA Kingfield Trail Day


Come help us continue working to develop the Kingfield Trails! Indira Gowell, CRNEMBA Board Member, will be leading this trail work day, which will include some work on a brand new trail section!

Late breaking details will be on this Facebook Page.

DATE: Saturday, June 20
MEETUP: Skowhegan Savings Bank parking lot (7 Depot Street, Kingfield)
TIME: 9:00 AM to sign up and get assignments
DURATION: Approximately 4 hours

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Carrabassett Region

Event Leader

Indria Gowell

Midcoast Maine NEMBA Frost Heave Fondo


3/7/20 10:00am to 2:00pm

Spring in Maine often means snow-covered roads, frost heaves, mud, or some devilish combination of all three. Any given Sunday could well bring bluebird weather or a wicked nor'easter. What better way to launch the cycling season than to join 150 of your soon-to-be friends for a 31-mile riding adventure on quiet roads through beautiful countryside? The Midcoast Maine Chapter of The New England Mountain Bike Association is partnering with One Community Many Voices to host the second annual Frost Heave Fondo (big bicycle road ride) on Sunday, April 5th in Searsmont.

We have set up a challenging course where you can test your early-season fitness, or if your legs are feeling a bit sluggish from winter, you can shortcut the course or even turn around at any point. The adventure will happen whatever the weather, and we encourage everyone to dress as needed.

The Frost Heave Fondo course will take you over a variety of roads – smooth pavement, rough tarmac, rutted dirt with muddy and/or icy spots, etc.– so whatever bike you choose could be the wrong bike at certain times. Bring whatever bike you're comfortable on (we expect most folks to be riding knobby-tired gravel bikes or mountain bikes) and have a blast. Remember, this is not a race and the goal is to have fun and raise money for the local Non Profits, One Community Many Voices and the Mid Coast chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association. One Community Many Voices, focuses its efforts on providing gap funding to help overcome barriers related to youth aspirations, elderly independent living, well-being, and employment/skill development. In return, recipients paid it forward through volunteering in the community.

It is important to note that the Frost Heave Fondo is a self navigated ride. There will be a file sent out to the registered riders email address a few days prior to the event. You can add the course to your Gps, your phone, print it out etc....whatever works for you. You will want to bring your sense of adventure as we want to keep the course limited with signage.

What: 31-mile adventurous road ride (not a race), with rolling start, everyone leaves at the same time. Limited to 150 riders.
Where: Meeting at Threshers Brewing, 22 Main St., Searsmont, and heading out from Searsmont through Appleton, Union and returning to Threshers in Searsmont.
When: April 5th 10am, rain, snow, sleet, or shine. No refunds, bring your sense of adventure, and be prepared for frost heaves.
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Midcoast Maine

Event Leader

Scott Carlson

Central ME

Rangeley LakesTrails

524 Saddleback Mountain Road
Rangeley Lakes, ME  Maine  04970
United States









The following is from the Rangley Lakes Chamber of Commerce.

The Rangeley area offers some great Mountain Biking. The terrain is mountainous and the views are fantastic. You'll experience single and double track, gravel roads, logging roads and wilderness riding. You'll find (and go through) streams, ponds, deep forests, and open fields and see wildlife in their natural habitat.

The Rangeley Lakes Trails Center located at 524 Saddleback Mountain Road offers seven miles of trails for mountain biking. In difficulty rating, 2 miles are easy (to steel bridge and back along Tote Road). The remainder is suggested for advanced mountain bikers. Many of the area's woods roads provide excellent riding.

Before embarking on a ride, there are some basic rules one should follow. Preplan your trip; let someone know where you are riding and carry a map. Don't bike alone and stay in sight of each other on the trail. Have your bike checked out (lubricated, adjusted) before starting. At least one person in your party should carry a tool kit including: extra tubes, mini pump, tire levers, multi-tool, chain tool, extra chain link, tube patch kit, and spoke replacement. In addition, a compact first aid kit is handy to have along. Read more about [node:title]

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