Central ME

NEMBA COVID-19 Guidance for Rides & Trail Care Events

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

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 June 15, 2021

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. All State covid restrictions end on 6/15.

Maine: No outdoor mask requirements. No limits on group size.

New Hampshire: No outdoor mask requirements. No limits on group size. Covid restrictins end 6/12.

Rhode Island: No outdoor mask requirement. No limits on group size

Vermont: No outdoor mask requirements. No limits on group size. All Covid restrictions ended 6/15.

CDC Covid-19 Guidelines

CT DEEP, Maine Bureau of Parks, Mass DCR Guidance, NH State Parks, RI DEM Guidance, 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. 

PR NEMBA Chapter Meeting

Date

10/14/21 6:00pm

Greetings Penobscot Region NEMBA members! It is time to elect your Board of Directors again! Eight PRNEMBA members will be elected to serve on the chapter’s Board of Directors, with four officer positions to be assigned; President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary. Both officers and board members will be key decision makers for our chapter.

If you’re looking to get involved and make a difference in our riding community, please submit the following:

-A short biography (1-3 paragraphs) about yourself and your involvement with mountain biking in our region

-Any officer positions you would like to be elected to

-Any board or officer positions you currently hold or have held in the past

-How you’d like to help influence both our chapter and the riding community around us.

Current board members, past board members, and those who have never served on the board are all encouraged to apply! Please send all bios to .

Bios will be due by our October chapter meeting (10/14), and members will vote electronically from 10/15-10/31. The slate of board members will be announced 11/1 with officer positions to follow. For further information, contact

Our next chapter meeting will be held Thursday October 14th at 6:00pm at Orono Brewing Company on Margin Street in Orono, Maine. We will be gathering between the Beer Hut and the basketball courts outdoors if weather allows, or indoors on the balcony if the weather is poor. Meeting time is set for 6:00pm to allow time for food and drink purchases and socializing before the meeting is called to order at 6:30pm.

 

The meeting agenda thus far is as follows and is subject to change:

 

-Accept September meeting minutes

-Chapter membership update

-Essex Woods trail work follow up

-Board election details

-Thinking ahead for winter

-Open discussion

 

We hope to see you there!

 

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Penobscot Region

MC NEMBA Trail Days @ Thomaston TF

Date

Repeats every day until Sat Oct 16 2021 .
10/12/21 9:00am

MC MAINE NEMBA Trail Build

Tuesday October 12 through Friday October 15 (maybe even a bonus Saturday am session):

John Anders at Sidecountry Trails will be leading volunteers in Thomaston Town Forest to address drainage issues on Quill Pig and Swamp Donkey, as well as improve the track on Main Brace as we progress towards a formal connection to Jack Baker Woods/ Split Rock/ Beechwood St.

Any time you can spare to work with John this week would be greatly appreciated. Reach out to him directly at 207-542-0080.

He’ll be there 9-5 during the week and will post info if a Saturday 16th session is a go.   https://www.facebook.com/groups/McNEMBA/ 

 

You don't have to be a NEMBA member to help out.

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Chapter

Midcoast Maine

Event Leader

John Anders
john.anders72@gmail.com

MC NEMBA Trail Day

Date

11/13/21 8:30am

Midcoast Maine NEMBA Trail Day

Saturday November 13: Re-Building the wooden drops on Hornswaggle below the top of the double chairlift at the Camden Snowbowl.

Meet at 8:30 in Tobogannon-ville.

The goal is to build 3 progressive height drops with a predictable landing zone and a berm at the bottom to help direct riders to the next portion of trail.

Design of this is ongoing, and we would love input from riders who use, built or have modified these in the past.

Nolan Steele will be leading this project.

You don't have to be a NEMBA member to help out.

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Chapter

Midcoast Maine

Trail

Event Leader

Nolan Steele
nolansteele@gmail.com

MC NEMBA Trail Day

Date

Repeats every week every Saturday until Sat Nov 06 2021 .
10/30/21 (All day)

Mid Coast Maine Trail Day 

Saturdays October 30 and November 6th: Trail work on Red Diamond descent to rebuild 4 corners above last year’s rebuild, below the lower ski trail crosscut.

We’ll meet at Tobogannon-ville and hike or ride up to the trail work zone 8:30-12ish.

Jason Buck will be leading these projects.

You don't have to be a NEMBA member to help out.

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Chapter

Midcoast Maine

Event Leader

Trevor Mills
tmills@nemba.org

CE ME NEMBA Mt Apatite Trail Repair

Date

10/10/21 10:00am

Event by Francois Jalbert and Central Maine NEMBA (CeMeNEMBA)

Mount Apatite Auburn, ME 04210, United States

For  · Anyone who rides Mt Apatite and want's to see the trails get better.

   You do not have to be a member of NEMBA to attend, but everyone must sign the annual waiver if you haven't already done so.

We will be cutting and raking out the replacement to what we have lost on the trail Gretel.

Please meet up at the baseball fields at 9am off of Garfield Road Please bring your spring rake, loopers, gloves and water.

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Chapter

Central Maine

Trail

Event Leader

Francois Jalbert
frank@busytownbikes.com

CE ME NEMBA Kennebec Highlands Dawn Odyssey

Event Date

10/16/21 5:30am

Event by Chris Riley and Central Maine NEMBA (CeMeNEMBA)

Kennebec Highlands -Round Top Trail Head

For  · NEMBA Members & non-members.

   You don't have to be a member of NEMBA to go on this ride, but you do have to sign the Annual Waiver if you haven't already done so.

Sunrise on the A-Trail Odyssey Tradition.

We will leave the parking lot at 5:30. This gives people an hour plus to climb to the overlook and enjoy the sunrise.

Everyone rides at their own pace and arrives at the top with their riding buddy/buddies or solo.

After sunrise some of us may continue on and ride the Crown loop as well.

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State

Maine

Ride Level

Advanced-novice
Intermediate
Advanced-intermediate
Advanced

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Chris Riley

PR NEMBA Skills Ride

Date

10/16/21 2:00pm

Skills Ride

If you want to acquire the skills and maneuvers that will help you ride better and have more fun on your mountain bike, come join us in the UMaine DeMerritt Forest on Saturday October 16th for a skills ride led by PRNEMBA member Emmy Monahan!

We will meet at the Old Town Elementary School, 576 Stillwater Avenue, Old Town. The ride starts at 2:00pm.

The goal of the skills ride is to help you understand mountain biking better so you can take your riding to the next level. Position and balance, operation of controls, trail awareness, direction control, and/or front or rear wheel lift may be among the skills and maneuvers that Emmy will cover. The ride will last about 2 hours.

The ride is geared toward riders new to mountain biking (beginner), riders with limited off-road riding experience (novice), and riders comfortable at slower speeds on trails with roots, rocks and tight single track (intermediate). A bike helmet is mandatory.

You don't have to be a member of NEMBA to participate in the skills ride, but you must have signed NEMBA's Annual Waiver.

For additional information, contact prnemba@gmail.com

   Check this Facebook Page for updates!

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Chapter

Penobscot Region

PR NEMBA Trail Day

Date

10/2/21 9:00am

PR NEMBA Essex Woods Trail Project

Come and join Penobscot Region NEMBA this Saturday October 2nd at 9:00am for a morning trail work session at Essex Woods!

  12 watchmaker ST, Bangor

We will be clearing Straight Six of downed trees and brush, and moving dirt to an unfinished corner at the bottom of the trail.

Bring sturdy boots, gloves, and water, as well as hand saws and loppers if you have them.

   There will be coffee and doughnuts provided!

Please sign the annual NEMBA waiver if you have not yet done so! This only needs to be signed once per year, takes less than 2 minutes, and ensures proper insurance and liability coverage for all those participating.

Link to the waiver: https://waiver.smartwaiver.com/w/5ee3b647520b5/kiosk/

For further information, contact prnemba@gmail.com

We hope to see you there!

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Chapter

Penobscot Region

Trail

PR NEMBA Chapter Meeting

Date

9/23/21 6:00pm

Penobscot Region NEMBA Chapter Meeting

Our next chapter meeting will be held Thursday September 23rd at 6:00pm at Orono Brewing Company at 61 Margin Street in Orono, Maine!

We will be gathering in the basketball court area outside near the beer garden weather permitting, or indoors on the balcony if the weather is poor.

The meeting time is set for 6:00pm to allow everyone to purchase drinks and food if they desire, and we will be calling the meeting to order at 6:30pm.

Additionally, PRNEMBA will be donating $1 per Tubular IPA and One Bike IPA sold on meeting night up to $250 toward Orono Brewing Company co-owner and PRNEMBA member Abe Furth's "One Bike Can..." earn-a-bike fundraiser. More information on the fundraiser can be found at the following link.

https://www.bikemaine.org/one-bike-can-earn-a-bike-fundraiser/

We hope to see you there!

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Chapter

Penobscot Region

Event Leader

Carson Carney
prnemba@gmail.com

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