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NEMBA COVID Guidance for Rides & Trail Care Events

Friday, April 9, 2021

NEMBA COVID recommendations for NEMBA rides & trail care sessions

 

As the warm weather approaches and trails dry out, we recognize that there is an increased demand for group rides and trail work days. Please consider the guidelines 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:

  • Follow state & local guidelines (see links below as these change frequently)

  • Ensure you have a participant list with contact information in case contract tracing efforts are needed. This is a requirement.

  • Try to keep groups to 10 or less. Split larger groups as necessary. 

  • Wear a mask and maintain social distancing.

  • Respect the wishes of volunteers who request a more strict approach. Every individual has their own risk tolerance.

  • All participants must also sign the NEMBA Annual Waiver.

  • Email office@nemba.org with information of any upcoming events.

  • Very importantly, all guidelines still apply irregardless of any individual’s vaccination status.

 

Background:

Out of an abundance of caution most NEMBA chapters put a hold on Trail Care days and Group Rides as the Covid-19 Pandemic escalated. As vaccination efforts continue, and studies suggest extremely low transmission rates while outdoors, NEMBA looks forward to resuming trail work days and group rides. Recently, it seems like everyday one or more of the New England states relax their recommendations and guidelines. Their overriding concern though, of course, is still safety. NEMBA must follow at least the minimum guidelines set by each state. But these state guidelines vary in their directives. So, we have developed recommendations that support the cautious resumption of group rides and trail care sessions. See state by state restrictions at the links below.

 

NEMBA Recommendations for Group Rides

  • Group rides are allowed in all New England states. The permitted size of those groups varies. NEMBA is recommending group sizes of 10 people or less. When more than 10 people are expected our recommendation would be to divide up into smaller groups. This reduces interruptions to other trail users and helps keep things safe and fun. But we leave it to local chapters and their ride leaders to determine what is best for them.

  • If you anticipate more than 10 attendees to a ride, break into smaller groups and physically disperse the groups (example: direct one group to the north end of the parking area, the other to the south etc. Or, plan different meet-up locations for the groups. Your goal is to avoid creating a large congregation of people in the same area)

  • NEMBA requires using some method of rider registration or participant recording so that in the event of needing to track an individual’s contacts, you can provide that information. Please record the name and phone or email for each participant. 

NEMBA offers Eventbrite registration, with a Covid-19 questionnaire for any individual or chapter that wishes to use it. But Eventbrite is just one option. Many chapters just keep a record of attendees. Either by pre-signing up people or taking names and email addresses at the ride. 

  • Maintaining at least 2 bike lengths between each rider ensures physical distancing.

  • If the ride stops for any reason, encourage social distancing there as well and mask up.

  • Wear masks when gathering (at the start of the ride, working on a trailside repair, etc.)

  • Ride with a mask at the ready so that you can quickly put it on if you come across other trail users where you can’t maintain a social distance of at least 6’. Or better yet, leave it on. While a mask is primarily a courtesy to others, it also provides protection for 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. Say hello, but give everyone space.

  • For now, don’t linger together in groups before or after rides. We can get our “social” back on when the pandemic diminishes further. This also means no social food gatherings after rides for now.

  • Try not to overwhelm a riding area. If a riding area is busy, try to find an alternate time or location to ride.

  • Respect parking regulations. Parking has become a problem at many riding areas due to the influx of new trail users. 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.

  • Bring hand sanitizer, cleaning wipes, etc. Most states require providing sanitizing materials at events.

  • 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.

  • All the above health and safety guidelines still apply irregardless of any individual’s vaccination status

  • When a NEMBA chapter wants to schedule a group ride, send an email to . That way your event will be covered by NEMBA’s insurance.

  • All participants must also sign the NEMBA Annual Waiver

  

Currently, larger group events (MBAS, etc) are on hold. Some chapters have begun planning for fall 2021, but most states currently restrict large events. Further guidelines will be developed as needed to accommodate for larger events.

 

NEMBA Recommendations for Trail Care Events

  • Limiting trail care groups to 10 people or less. If a larger group shows up, please split into small groups. Ensure there are enough volunteer leaders to manage demand.

  • NEMBA requires using some method of participant recording so that in the event of needing to track an individual’s contacts, you can provide that information. Please record the name and phone or email for each participant.

NEMBA offers Evenbrite registration, with a Covid-19 questionnaire for any individual or chapter that wishes to use it. But Eventbrite is just one option. Many chapters just keep a record of attendees. Either by pre-signing up people or taking names and email addresses at the ride.

  • Embrace social distancing. Spread out and work on different parts of the trails.

  • Wear a mask, especially when it is not possible to maintain at least 6’ of distance between participants.

  • Bring hand sanitizer, cleaning wipes, etc. Encourage participants to bring their own gloves and tools if possible. Minimize the sharing of tools, and clean between use.

  • Advance sign up or, events run by invitation only, could be used to put limits on numbers.

  • Minimize pre- and post- event socializing. This also means no social food gatherings after trail care events for now.

  • 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.

  • All the above health and safety guidelines still apply irregardless of any individual’s vaccination status

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

  • All participants must sign the NEMBA Annual Waiver

 

State by State Guidance 

Connecticut Covid Response          CT DEEP Response

Maine Covid-19 Response             Maine Bureau of Parks

Massachusetts Covid-19                Mass DCR Guidance

New Hampshire Covid-19              NH State Parks

Rhode Island Covid Information     RI DEM Guidance

Vermont Covid-19 Guidance          VT State Parks

 

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MC Maine Trail Care Series

Date

Repeats every week every Saturday until Sat May 22 2021 .
4/17/21 (All day) to 5/22/21 (All day)

Midcoast Maine Six Pack Trail Care Series

The 6-Pack Trail Series is our spring trail clean-up and project series.

Spring seems to have sprung (cue the snow storm) and we are moving up our annual spring trail "opener" trail work series. This Saturday, April 17, 2021 @ 8:30am to 12, we'll be working on the Rollins/ Goose Network. Chris Rogers will be leading the day's work.

Here are the rest of the details:

Meet in Toboggan-ville at Camden Snow Bowl (stay to the Left as you pull into the driveway. Bring your bike, loppers and pruners, work gloves and a mask for working near others in close proximity if required. We'll do a brief orientation to the plans for the day (general season opening tasks and the beginning of rehabbing a true beginners loop within the system) and have you sign the NEMBA waiver and take attendance in case of contact tracing. Then we'll ride over to the trail network and put some love into our trails until 12. This is our first of 6 consecutive spring Saturday trail "openers."

If you want to take care of the waiver now:NEMBA annual online waiver

Our updated schedule looks like:

4/17 @ Rollins

4/24 and 5/1 Fitzy/ 5 Brooks/ G5

5/8 and 5/15 Camden Snow Bowl proper

5/22 TBD

See you out there soon!

Trevor Mills

MCNEMBA President Read more about MC Maine Trail Care Series

Chapter

Midcoast Maine

Event Leader

Trevor Mills
biketrevor@gmail.com

Central ME

Essex Woods, Bangor

12 Watchmaker St
Bangor  Maine  04401
United States

Easy

60%

Moderate

25%

Difficult

5%

Description

Essex Woods has an awesome trail system packed into a very small area.

Bangor Parks and Recreation manages the 70 acre recreation area.

Penobscott Region NEMBA has worked with the town to develop a trail system that has something for every level of rider including kids.

Essex Woods has about 5 miles of trails. And while that might not seem like a lot I challenge you to ride them without doing repeats.

Many repeats! The trails are that much fun.

Oh! And no one goes around the pump track just once.

In season PR NEMBA has leads kid's rides on the property. It's the perfect place for kids to develop their riding skills.

Trail maintenance and new trail construction has been done by PR NEMBA, working with the city of Bangor.

Here's a news artice on the Essex Woods Mountain Bike Trails.   (The lower video link works the best.)

Essex Woods is open to class 1 eMTBs.

 

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Local Shops

Rose Bike

Ski Rack Sports

Slipping Gears

Pat's Bike Shop

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Central ME

Neptune Woods, Brunswick-Topsham

349 Neptune Dr
Brunswick  Maine  04011
United States

Easy

75%

Moderate

25%

Difficult

0%

Description

 

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.

 

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Local Shops

Bikeman

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. 

Central ME

Summerhaven, Augusta

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

Easy

20%

Moderate

60%

Difficult

10%

Description

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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Rainbow Bicycle

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Central ME

Rangeley LakesTrails

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

Easy

30%

Moderate

50%

Difficult

20%

Description

 

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 Rangeley LakesTrails

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Central ME

Freeman Ridge Bike Park, Kingfield

162 Freeman Ridge Rd
Kingfield  Maine  04947
United States

Easy

30%

Moderate

60%

Difficult

10%

Description

The Freeman Ridge Bike Park is a private, family-run mountain bike trail network on Freeman Ridge Road in Freeman Township Maine.

It's located just one mile outside of downtown Kingfield.

They offer approximately 4 miles of hand and machine constructed mountain bike trails, and are continually expanding their trail network.

 

 

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Central ME

The "A" Trail, Rome

780 Watson Pond Rd
Rome  Maine  04963
United States
The trailhead is located at Watson Pond Road and Wildfire Estates.

Easy

30%

Moderate

50%

Difficult

20%

Description

The A trial is an 4.5 mile out and back trail that leads to the top of McGafney mountain and a scenic lookout.

Expect to do some climbing. Then expect a great view.

This trail is maintained by the Belgrade Regional Trail Alliance. Read more about The "A" Trail, Rome

Local Shops

F.I.S. Sports

Northern Lights Hearth & Sports

Rainbow Cycles

Ernie's Cycle Shop

Busytown Bikes

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Central ME

Titcomb Mountain, Farmington

180 Ski Slope Rd
Farmington  Maine  04938
United States

Easy

40%

Moderate

40%

Difficult

20%

Description

If Central Maine had a crown Titcomb Mountain would be one of its jewels.  Located in Farmington Maine Titcomb has been owned and operated by the Farmington Ski Club since 1939. 

Over the past several years Central Maine NEMBA has added about 8 miles of purpose built single track. The trail design intertwines this single track among down hill and cross country trails, crossing but not following any of those ski trails. It’s possible to ride almost the entire system without crossing or repeating any of the single track. Switchbacks and grade reversals make the climbs enjoyable and the descents just plain fun.

The trails pack in lots of variety with numerous stonewall crossings and other rock work features. Everything, currently, is rideable without jumps, gaps or surprises, rock solid you might say.

During snow season there's a $5 fee and the trails can only be used by Fat Bikes.

The rest of the year the trails are open to all mountain bikes and there's no charge.

Titcomb hosts a very popular Fat Bike race in the Winter and the Titcomb Mountain Challenge in the summer..

  Read more about Titcomb Mountain, Farmington

Local Shops

Northern Lights Hearth and Sports

Allspeed Cyclery

Carrabassett Valley Bikes

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