Central NH

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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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!

 

No photo description available. Read more about Bradford Area Community Trails

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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 Trescott Water Supply Lands, Hanover

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West Hill Shop

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Central NH

Lipfert Forest, Cornish

1399 NH 12A
Cornish  New Hampshire  03745
United States

Easy

50%

Moderate

40%

Difficult

10%

Description

The Lipfert Forest is a very pleasant place to ride.  You can park at the Cornish/Claremont town line sign on Route 12-A. In all there are over 11 miles of trails here. Some of which connect into the Cornish Town Forest.

These are privately owned trails which, thanks to the generosty of the Lipfert Family are open to the general public. Read more about Lipfert Forest, Cornish

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West Hill Shop

Central NH

Frenches Ledges, Plainfield

90 Columbus Jordan Rd
Plainfield  New Hampshire  03781
United States
There are three good parking areas.

Easy

25%

Moderate

60%

Difficult

15%

Description

The town of Plainfiled hosts one of the most enjoyable small terail networks in the area. Frenches Ledges and the abuting Farnum trails have over 8 miles of excellent singletrack trails.

The highpoint of the area is the top of Frenches Ledges itself which has a spectacular 360 degree view of the surrounding countryside.

While some of the main trails are marked, you'll discover many unmapped trails as you explore this area. 

The trails are maintained by the Plainfield Trailblazers. A hard copy of the map can be purchased at Plainfield's Meridan Town Hall located at 110 Main St and all proceeds go towards improving the trails.

The best description of the trails is located on the Trail Finder website.

Also check the 3-D virtual tour or MTB Project to get an idea of the topography and climbing involved. Read more about Frenches Ledges, Plainfield

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West Hill Shop

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Central NH

Oak Hill, Hanover

59 Oak Hill Dr
Hanover  New Hampshire  03755
United States

Easy

70%

Moderate

25%

Difficult

5%

Description

Oak Hill in Hanover New Hampshire is a long standing popular x-country ski area that also hosts over 16 miles of fun, though easy, mountain bike trails. Oak Hill also abuts Hanover's Trescott Water Supply Lands.

The MTB trails are maintained by the Dartmouth College Mountain Bike Club. Here's their description of the trails.

There are few places in New England that boast so many family friendly trails. Read more about Oak Hill, Hanover

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Central NH

Boston Lots, West Lebanon

434 N Main St
West Lebanon  New Hampshire  03784
United States

Easy

15%

Moderate

55%

Difficult

30%

Description

Lebanon's Boston Lots is an incredible place to ride. Over 30 miles of trails ranging from mellow to meltdown. Easily many days of riding and exploring.

The land manager is Dartmouth College. But the trails are maintained and loved by the Upper Valley Mountain Bike Association who's webpage has an excellent trail description as well as for many other local riding hotspots.

UVMBA is a great group and if you do more than casual riding here it would be a good group to join.

Additional information is at MTB Project.

At 1030' the high point in the Boston Lots is Burnt Hill.  You'll do a lot of climbing, some quite technical to get there. Expect to do some exploring and after a few rides you'll come up with your personal favorite trailsand routes.

Since elevation gain and loss is important here I'd suggest starting  from the "Nature Lot" parking lot located at 287 Mascoma Street and doing most of your climbing on trails like the Burnt Pathway. That way you'll enjoy some fantastic downhills rather tahn walking quite a bit up them.  You can get a waterproof map and some trail suggestions at Mason Racing Cycles and Omer & Bob's both of which are located about 1/2 mile from the trilhead.

Be sure to check out the Kid's & Family trails.  They are perfect for a warm up or a cool down.

You'll be challenged by many of the trails at Boston Lots. Especially if you're going in the wrong direction.

Kids trails, techncal singletrack awesome downhills, lots of VERY well constructed and maintained trails.

There's a lot at Boston Lots.

 

By Bill Boles

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Central NH

Green Woodlands, Dorchester

1756 NH 118
Dorchester  New Hampshire  03266
United States
NH-118 is also called Dorchester Rd.

Easy

50%

Moderate

30%

Difficult

20%

Description

Green Woodlands consists of 35 square miles of contiguous property all but 20 acres of which is open to the general public.

Currenty there are almost 50 miles of singletracks and doubletracks. Many of the Singletracks have been machine built.

They have a very open recreational use policy and their only charge for using their trail system is "a smile."

Beginning in August 2019, Green Woodlands has initiated a one-year trial to allow Class 1 eMTBs on their trails. This is an exciting development. Here is their announcement:

So, after a good deal of research, discussions with our team as well as other mountain bike organizations, we've decided to move forward with allowing class 1 pedal assist e-bikes on our trails on a pilot basis this year. Class 1 e-bikes are defined as pedal assist only, no throttle, with a max assisted speed of 20 mph. We do ask that you help us by keeping within these guidelines, and help this pilot be successful. Other e-bike classes (eg, throttle based) or motorized vehicles are not allowed on Green Woodlands trails.

Check their Facebook Page for the latest information and trail updates. Read more about Green Woodlands, Dorchester

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Central NH

Cornish Town Forest, Claremont

Paddy Hollow Road
Claremont  New Hampshire  03745
United States

Easy

30%

Moderate

60%

Difficult

10%

Description

The Cornish Town Forest consists of 270 acres and about 8 miles of trails. 

The trails consist of fun singletracks and a few old logging roads.  

From the top of Wellman's Hill, 1,100' there's a great view of Mt Ascutney.

There are various parking areas as you'll see by looking at the maps. But the best place to park is on Paddy Holloiw Road. From Claremont follow Paddy Hollow north until you get to the Cornish Town Forest.

It should be noted that the town forest is only part of a much larger 1800 acre open space. You will find many other trials in this area including the Lipfert Forest which can be accessed from this same parking lot.

  Read more about Cornish Town Forest, Claremont

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Central NH

Newport Town Forest / The Pinnacle

268 North Main St
Newport  New Hampshire  03773
United States
Park near the track and look for the trails leading into the woods.

Easy

30%

Moderate

50%

Difficult

20%

Description

The Newport Town Forest is an awesome place to ride. The forest's trails connect into a much vaster network of local trails. Expect to do a lot of climbing, and a lot of exploring. 

The 1362 foot summit, The Pinnacle can be reached on an old doubletrack. That doubletrack is best accesed from the Barton & Colt Trailhead. That's loacted in a dirt parking lot on Summer Street just north of house # 183.

Most people park near the Newport Middle / High School and access the trails behind the running track. 

Expect to spend a few day's exploring the Pinnacle and the adjacent trails. 

Much of the trail work and the first map at the top of the page were created by Team Pinnacle. Check out their website for more information on the Newport Town Forest as well as other local riding areas. Read more about Newport Town Forest / The Pinnacle

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