Central NH

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. 

CNH NEMBA Social RIde

Event Date

7/13/21 5:30pm

Mountain Bikers!

Central NH NEMBA is rebooting our monthly social rides starting next Tuesday 7/13 at Franklin Falls.  5:30 pm rollout.  

After the ride around 7:00 pm, we will be grilling hotdogs and hamburgers, and sharing beverages and bike talk.    

As always, all mountain bikers are welcome!  All ability levels!  We will split into groups of different pace levels so everyone can have fun, and no one is dropped.  Bring your friends!

   Youdon't have to be a member of NEMBA to join us, but you must have signed NEMBA's Annual Waiver.

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State

New Hampshire

Ride Level

All Levels

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Mike Geldermann

CNH NEMBA Spring Social Meeting

Date

6/29/21 5:45pm

Central New Hampshire NEMBA Chapter Meeting & Social

Central NH Chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association is having our long delayed Spring Social Meeting! All mountain bikers welcome! Membership not required.

We are trying out a new mind-blowing concept: A live and in person meeting. (sorry anti-social work at home addicts, no Zoom feed)

When? Tuesday Evening 6/29

Time? 5:45-7:00 pm Social hour! Have a drink and some apps on us.

Special dinner menu available.

7:00-8:00 pm Business meeting. Get all the news on latest happenings

and trail projects. Tell us what you think.

Where? Onions Pub and Restaurant

   255 Main St, Tilton, NH 03276

RSVP not required, but is appreciated. RSVP: geldermj@yahoo.com

or text Mike @ 603-387-2592

Hope to see you there!

Mike Geldermann

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Chapter

Central NH

Event Leader

Mike Geldermann
geldermj@yahoo.com

A Capital Partnership is Born

Thursday, June 17, 2021

 

submitted by Matt Bowser, CNHNEMBA Chapter Vice President

 

For most people traveling to New Hampshire, the city of Concord has always been a convenient place to stop for groceries, gas, and dinner on the way to the Lakes Region or White Mountains, but unless you are a lawyer or a politician, the city has never been much of a destination for most people. 

What most don’t realize is that for the past three decades, Concord has been quietly acquiring undeveloped land and building trails for multi-use recreation (including mountain biking), and as of this writing Concord has over 80 miles of developed trails throughout the city.

 

In 2017 the Central New Hampshire chapter of NEMBA (CNHNEMBA) and the city of Concord began what we hope is a long and productive partnership to build and maintain trails in the city.  Around that time, the city acquired a large parcel of land adjacent to an existing conservation area that already had developed multi-use trails. The Broken Ground conservation area was a popular lunch destination for mountain bikers and trail runners due to its close proximity to the State Office Park and several commercial office buildings but lacked the inventory to make it a destination for longer after-work or weekend rides.

 

CNHNEMBA Answers the Call

  

Concord recognized that building and maintaining trails on their growing list of conserved open space was limited by the small workforce of largely retired volunteers and a handful of employees, so the city began seeking outside help from volunteer organizations.

CNHNEMBA answered their call and worked with the city to develop a pilot project on the new land acquisition next to Broken Ground.  Over the next year, city officials and the CNHNEMBA leadership team worked together to establish a new process to allow outside organizations to build and help maintain trails on city land.  

The process involved working with the Conservation Commission, the Trails Committee, and city planners to establish a work plan with timelines and deliverables.  CNHNEMBA also gave presentations at public hearings and worked with the city forester to develop trail boundaries that would not interfere with an upcoming logging operation or disrupt any critical wildlife habitat.  

Once all the approvals were in place, CNHNEMBA began work, and in November 2018, Ry’s Way was officially opened with a small ceremony with the family of ‘Ry’ Sumner Perry (the trail’s namesake).  Since opening Ry’s Way and connecting it to the rest of the Broken Ground conservation trail system, the area has become a very popular mountain bike location and has had very favorable reviews from both the mountain bike community and the residents of Concord.  

In 2019, Concord purchased another large parcel of land adjacent to another existing conservation area (Oak Hill) and CNHNEMBA immediately began work on the project with the city.  The success of Ry’s Way paved the way for a more streamlined process now that the trust relationship had been established between the city and CNHNEMBA and we were granted approval for two new trails on this property.  

Unfortunately, the pandemic ground everything to a halt for most of 2020, but during that time CNHNEMBA and the city worked behind the scenes to get all the approvals in place so that by the time things began to open up this spring, we were ready for action.  Since April of 2021, we have had two major trail days with over 20 volunteers at each event, tapping into a community that loves the outdoors and is excited for new trails to explore in their own backyard.

 

Lessons Learned while Building Trust

  

While CNHNEMBA has had years of experience working with both public and private landowners, our work with Concord has taught us a number of important lessons when establishing a trust relationship with a landowner (especially municipalities).  Some of these may seem obvious, but can be a challenge when you are relying on an all volunteer workforce: 

  • You need a manager - Someone who is the face of the organization for each engagement is essential for the trust relationship to develop and grow.  The manager may be tapped for presentations, public hearings, and trail event coordination.  It’s essential that the manager has both the time and passion to give.

  • Follow through - Do what you say and say what you mean.  Public landowners such as municipalities are all about stability and not following through with action signals instability.

  • Be patient - Municipal landowners are often constrained by a litany of rules and regulations that may make the pace seem downright glacial, but remember that we are in it for the long run and your patience now will pay off down the road.

  • Be responsive - Expect to field a lot of questions in the form of emails and phone calls.  Respond to each query as quickly as possible.  

 

The new trails will open this summer and Concord has already installed a new parking area and kiosk to help alleviate some of the parking problems at the other parking lots at Oak Hill. Once we finish up the last of the trail work, the city will print out the final maps, post them in the kiosk and open the trails to the general public.  These new trails will add several challenging but fun biking miles to the existing 10 miles that the Oak Hill conservation already offers.

So the next time you find yourself driving through Concord on your way North, think about stopping in and sampling some of the city has to offer.

 


About Concord, NH

Situated on the Merrimack River in south central New Hampshire, Concord is the seat of Merrimack County as well as the state capital. Concord is 42 miles from New Hampshire's southern boundary and 135 miles from the northern boundary and boasts a population of just over 43,000. Conveniently located, Concord is 18 miles north of the state's largest city, Manchester, and 70 miles north of Boston.   Read more about [node:title]

CNH NEMBA Oak Hill Trail Day

Date

5/21/21 8:00am

Central NH NEMBA Oak Hill Trail Day

When: Saturday June 5th at 8AM - 1PM (rain or shine)

Where: Hot Hole Pond Road, Concord NH. (43.28175909269339, -71.51961562456147)

Parking: A new parking area should be installed and ready to go by June 5th, but there is a Fish and Game parking lot about 1/4 mile down the road that has additional parking (we will shuttle you up if needed). 

Check at the main lot when you arrive.

Tools: Bring shovels, rakes, and any dirt moving implements like Rogue hoes, McLeods if you have them.

RSVP: Let us know if you can attend so we can plan for food and drink (text or call Matt Bowser @603-491-5448)

Apre-Work: We are planning on a cookout once the work is complete with hotdogs and hamburgers (vegetarian choice available if you let us know).

As many of you know, CNH-NEMBA has been working with the City of Concord to expand mountain biking specific trails on City properties over the last several years, and we are excited to be a part of the latest expansion effort. 

The City purchased 2 properties totalling about 87 acres in the past 2 years and CNH-NEMBA has been working hard to develop 2 new trails that will connect  the existing Oak Hill trail system to a new parking area being developed on Hot Hole Pond Road.

The purchased properties have over 1500 feet of frontage on Hot Hole Pond Road and extend all the way up Oak Hill and directly abut the existing conservation land and will connect on or near Dancing Bear trail.  The first trail located on the West side of the new property is 99% complete and will be used as the preferred uphill route for biking.  The trail on the East side is about 60% complete and will be used for downhill traffic. This is where we need your help.

The East side trail has roughly 250 feet of elevation change from top to bottom and we expect it to be a fast (and hopefully flowy) downhill-ish trail with interesting rock features that can be developed into some fun stuff.  The trail traverses a steep glacial cirque that will require a significant amount of benching and berming to achieve our goal.  

We hope to see you there.

   Be sure to sign NEMBA's once-a-year Waiver before you arrive.

Note: You do not have to be a member of NEMBA to take part. You just have to want to make our trails better.

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Chapter

Central NH

Event Leader

Matt Bowser
matthewpatrickbowser@gmail.com

SNH NEMBA Wednesday Bear Brook Coed Intermediate Ride

Event Date

Repeats every week every Wednesday until Wed Sep 08 2021 .
5/26/21 5:45pm

SNH NEMBA Wednesday Bear Brook Coed Intermediate Ride

8-12 miles. No-drop. 750-1000 feet elevation. ~2 hours.

Technical trails at a moderate pace that allows for expanding your comfort zone on some fun sections.

We may split into 2 groups based on attendance and skills.

Trails vary weekly.

   Sign NEMBA's annual waiver in advance of the ride. (You only need to sign it once for any NEMBA group ride or trail care day for all of 2021)

Meet at the Hiker Biker Lot.

 

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Location

Bear Brook State Park - Hiker Biker Lot

Chapter

State

New Hampshire

Ride Level

Intermediate

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Josh Freed

Central NH

Fox Forest, Hillsboro

309 Center Rd
Hillsborough  New Hampshire  03244
United States

Easy

20%

Moderate

65%

Difficult

15%

Description

The Fox Research and Demonstration Forest is located in Hillsborough.

At almost 1500 acres the forest hosts about 22 miles of trails and old dirt roads almost all of which are open to mountain bikes.

The best description of the fores is on the NH Division of Forests and Lands website.

It's a great place to ride with some very challenging singletrack.

There is a spring seasonal mud closure from March 1st to as late as May 23rd. Though most years the trails open earlier after they've dried out.

You'll enjoy riding here. 

Hike New England - Fox State Forest Black Gum Swamp and Mud Pond  Getting it Right in the Digital Camera : Spring in the Fox Forest & Gleason  Falls  Fox Forest Loop - New Hampshire | AllTrails  NHFH: Fox Forest Tower  

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Local Shops

Goodale's Bike Shop

Links to Relevant Resources

Ride Headquarters Trail Mix Gravel Ride

Event Date

5/22/21 (All day)

Trail Mix Gravel Ride Series is Back!

Join us for incredibly beautiful cycling on dirt roads, quiet paved back roads, and gentle dirt trails of New Hampshire!

This ride is a gorgeous loop, starting and ending in New Boston, New Hampshire. We've ridden here a lot and have found an exceptional number of friendly people in the town and along the route.

 

We’re offering three fully-supported locations on the ride: one at the start, one mid-ride full of your favorite packaged bike foods, water and Ride Studio Iced Mochas, and post-ride, we'll have a filling meal for you to enjoy.



 

Ride Details:

  • Ride Type: Remote paved and dirt roads, social distance riding
  • Time & Date: Saturday, May 22. The first rider rolls out at 7:30 am
  • Starting Point: New Hampshire
  • Distance: 104 km, 65 miles
  • Price: $65 - Register Here

Your Registration includes:

  • A gorgeous, well-planned route: You’ll receive a well-vetted route file for your GPS computer, parking directions/instructions.
  • Staffed starting location with friendly faces, water, bike tools, portable toilets.
  • Staffed food stop with water, packaged bike food, Ride Studio Cafe Iced Mochas.
  • If you're riding alone, you have the peace of mind knowing there are other riders on the same route.
  • Route support via a cyclist riding sweep - you won't be the last rider.
  • You can ride this with your friends, as long as you and your friends register telling us this.
  • Substantial lunch at the end of the ride of delicious, just-prepared food that will hit the spot!

We have capped registration numbers and based on last year's attendance at these Trail Mix rides, we expect to be full by the end of the weekend. Don't miss out - register ASAP!

Ride Details & Registration

Be sure to sign NEMBA's Annual Waiver.

Chapter

State

New Hampshire

Ride Level

All Levels

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Patria

Central NH

Southern NH

Bradford Area Community Trails

143 East Main St
Bradford  New Hampshire  03221
United States

Easy

60%

Moderate

40%

Difficult

0%

Description

Description

This trail was developed by the Kearsarge Area Trail Association in conjunction with the Town of Bradford.  The goal was to build a multi-use trail on the unused property behind the Bradford Area Community Center (BACC).  With more trails are planned, the newly built trail is mostly single-track-width and incorporates a number of features found on the property.  The property spans a relatively flat area of Bradford and the trail was cut in a manner that allows a rider to maintain a relatively constant speed along the entire ride.  Several bridges were required to span wet areas and the trail builders retained some of the “unique” items the property collected over the years (see if you can find the cast iron skillet, old Ford hubcap, and the metal hoop from a wooden barrel.)

Rides

From the parking lot of the BACC, head straight to the back of the lot to access the trail.  About fifty yards in, the trail makes a “T”.  From here take a right and ride past the old foundation (keep it on your left) to find the entrance to the Ridge Line section of the trail in front of you.  This runs through the woods on the east side of the property and then heads downhill at the back of the property (keeping the stone wall on your right.)  At the bottom of the Back Wall section of the trail, you will ride across a bridge, up a short/steep section and then back out into the field.  Take the next right down a double-track section and look for the new single-track on your left (after the big tree.)    This section winds around itself a bit and then comes back out at the old foundation.  Take a quick right to go back into the woods, eventually crossing the double-track section and winding your way to the Hidden Pond section (note both a beaver lodge and a Great Blue Heron nest in the pond).  As you leave the pond behind you, you will head back to the main double-track that returns you to the BACC.   The BACC loop was designed to be ridden counter-clockwise but works in either direction.  Have fun!

 

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Local Shops

S & W Sports

Links to Relevant Resources

Local Eats

The Village Cafe

Appleseed Restaurant

Pizza Chef

Central NH

Trescott Water Supply Lands, Hanover

55 Trescott Rd
Hanover  New Hampshire  03755
United States

Easy

60%

Moderate

30%

Difficult

10%

Description

Hanover's Trescott Water Supply Lands are the water source for the town. There are over 13 miles of multiuse trails here, only motorized vehicles and unleashed dogs are prohibited.

The trails are mellow rarely entering the intermediate-hard zone. There are quite a few old doubletracks but mostly you'll be enjoying some really fun trails.

Hanover Trescott abuts the Oak Hill Natural Area and a really big ride can be had by combining both. Read more about [node:title]

Local Shops

West Hill Shop

Last Stop Bike Shop

Links to Relevant Resources

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