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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. 

GBNEMBA 2017 Weekly Ride Series

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

GBNEMBA's 2017 weekly ride series has started, weather and conditions permitting. Come ride with us!

  1. Monday Night Beginner/Novices ride at Beaver Brook North on Lexington/Waltham. This series is aimed at *new* MTB'rs with little or no experience riding singletrack.
  2. Wednesday Night Social Ride at the Fells. Open to all - no drop, multiple groups (Mellow, Intermediate, Advanced)- social and fun!
  3. Thursday Night Social Ride at the Landlocked Forest. Open to all - no drop, multiple groups (Mellow, Intermediate, Advanced)- social and fun!
All of the adult rides start time is 6:00pm and rides go out by 6:15pm. Please be prompt and ready to go. All rides require helmets. Rain policy: drizzle/passing showers/light rain won't cancel the ride. Steady rain and/or thunder & lighting will cancel. If the weather is questionable, look for information on the GB Rides Facebook page or contact the ride leader.

Check out our Monthly Calendar for all of our upcoming events, rides and chapter meetings.

You can also stay informed about the latest happenings by joining GBNEMBA's Facebook Group and our GBNEMBA Rides Facebook page.  We hope to see you on the trail!

Always be an ambassador for our sport! Best practices include:
  • Slow down when you see other riders, hikers, or animals.
  • Pass other trail users at about their speed - be courteous and talk to them
  • Ride through the center of a mud patch or puddle, NOT around it.
  • Ride over an obstacle, NOT around it.
  • If you can't ride over an obstacle, get off and walk it - stay on the trail.
  • Do not make new routes or trails.
  • Do not build stunts.
  • Do not skid, spin out, or fishtail - uphill nor downhill.
  • Always offer to yield the right of way.
  • Be friendly - say hi to other trail users!

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MacAllum WMA, Westborough

218 Milk St
Westborough  Massachusetts  01581
United States

Easy

80%

Moderate

15%

Difficult

5%

Description

The Wayne F. MacAllum Wildlife Management Area in Westborough is a 900 acre property in the town of Westborough.

There are about 18 miles of trails there. 

Unusual for this area the trails are mostly flat and relatively rock free. Which makes it a perfect place for family rides or to introduce newer riders to the sport.

In the winter it's a great place to corss country ski.

Many of the trails offer scenic views of lakes and fields. While others dive deep into the woods.

A few trails, notably the ones surrounding the feed lots get overgrown by mid summer.

During Massachusett hunting season the the WMA sees a lot of hunters.

  It shoud be noted that Massachusetts does not allow hunting on Sundays.

You'll spend a lot of time exploring MacAllum's mellow trails. And you will be back.

 

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Local Shops

Landrys

Local Eats

Mass Wildlife

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Cormier Woods

217 Chapin St
Uxbridge  Massachusetts  01569
United States

Easy

35%

Moderate

50%

Difficult

15%

Description

Cormier Woods: Taken from the Trustees Page.

Cormier Woods lies within the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, a designated area extending from Worcester to Providence that celebrates the historical and cultural importance of the river, the birthplace of America’s Industrial Revolution. Easy-to-moderate intensity trails wind through open meadow and along stone walls, opening up a quintessential 1800s New England agricultural landscape and small-scale farmstead, replete with an historic house, barn, and a blueberry patch that ripens in late summer.

Cormier Woods abuts the Mendon Town Forest. The trails here offer a break from the more technically difficult Town Forest trails. Read more about [node:title]

Local Shops

Milford Bicycle

Steve The Bike Guy

Links to Relevant Resources

BV NEMBA Trail Day @ Cormier Woods

Date

9/18/21 (All day)

We will be constructing a bench cut around an eroded fall line trail on the Albee loop at Cormier Woods in Uxbridge.

Pick and shovel work will be required.

Meet at the Cormier Woods parking lot (248 Chapin St, Uxbridge) at 9 AM.

Tools will be supplied but bring work gloves.

You do not have to be a member of NEMBA to attend. But everone must sign NEMBA's annual waiver.

 

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Chapter

Blackstone Valley

Event Leader

Bill Dakai
bill.dakai2@gmail.com

BV NEMBA Chapter Meeting

Date

8/9/21 6:30pm

Blackstone Valley NEMBA Summer Chapter Meeting

By Blackstone Valley NEMBA

A decision has been made to move the meeting to an online event to hopefully allow more people to participate.

We won't give up on in person meetings but it seems things aren't quite back to normal yet.
The Zoom link for the meeting is:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9432259077
If there is a topic you would like on the agenda please message  .

Meeting starts at 6:30.   Hope to see you there. Read more about [node:title]

Chapter

Blackstone Valley

Event Leader

Laura Zimmer
lzimmer@nrmba.org

BV NEMBA West Hill Dam Ride Newbie Ride

Event Date

8/29/21 9:00am

BV NEMBA Newbie Rides

Event by Blackstone Valley NEMBA

West Hill Dam

Time: 9:00 AM

Duration: 2 hr

For  · NEMBA Members and non-members.  (But everyone must have signed NEMBA's Annual Waiver.)

The third of our monthly newbie ride series is coming up.

If you’re NEW to mountain biking or NEW to the Blackstone Valley chapter we’re putting together a monthly NEWbie ride for you at West Hill Dam in Uxbridge.

The ride will primarily be aimed at beginner riders but depending on the ratio of ride leaders to riders we may be able to accommodate other levels.

The total numbers of riders will be capped at 10 to allow for a better experience and to not overrun WHD with mountain bikers.
       Further details and sign up are on tis Facebook Page.

If you have any questions you can message  .

 

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State

Massachusetts

Ride Level

Beginner
Novice
Advanced-novice

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Laura Zimmer

BV NEMBA NEWbie Ride Series

Event Date

6/27/21 9:00am to 11:00am

Blackstone Valley NEMBA Introduction to Riding Series.

Here’s something NEW for you! If you’re NEW to mountain biking or NEW to the Blackstone Valley chapter we’re putting together a monthly NEWbie ride for you at West Hill Dam in Uxbridge.

The rides will primarily be aimed at beginner riders but depending on the ratio of ride leaders to riders we may be able to accommodate other levels.

The total numbers of riders will be capped to allow for a better experience and to not overrun WHD with mountain bikers.

Four rides are planned. 6/27, 7/25, 8/22 & 9/26

   You do not have to be a member of NEMBA to attend, but everyone must have signed NEMBA's Annual Waiver

Further details and sign up are here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c45a4ac2aa6f4c07-bvnemba and be sure to sign the ride waiver prior to coming.

If you have any questions you can message this Facebook Page.

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State

Massachusetts

Ride Level

Beginner
Novice
Advanced-novice

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Laura Zimmer

BV NEMBA Tuesday Morning Rides

Event Date

Repeats every week until Tue Oct 26 2021 .
7/13/21 9:00am

Blackstone Valley NEMBA Tuesday Morning Ride Series

This ride series will explore many of the riding areas in our region.

The rides will be fun, no-drop rides but are probably not for beginners.

The rides will start at 9:00 AM, but try to arrive by 8:45 so that we can get going on time.

You do not have to be a member of NEMBA to go on these rides. 

But you do have to have signed NEMBA's annual waiver before you attend the first one.

  Unless you've already done so.

Contact me, Bruce Rioux,   with questions.

Details for each week's ride will be posted to the BV NEMBA Facebook Page.

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Chapter

State

Massachusetts

Ride Level

Advanced-novice
Intermediate
Advanced-intermediate

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Bruce Rioux

Ride Headquarters Full Moon Over Sherborn Ride

Event Date

5/25/21 (All day)

Full Moon Over Sherborn - Flower Moon Tuesday, May 25

Tuesday, May 25 at 7:30pm is the next Full Moon mixed terrain ride starting at Ride Studio / Ride Headquarters in Sherborn. The best mixed terrain riding is found at night under the Full Moon.

Bring your gravel, cyclocross, mountain or fat bike to the ride! Any bike with 35mm knobby tires or bigger will have fun. The bigger, the better as we will be on all surfaces. Bring a mask, it's easy to ride far enough apart such that we are able to stay safe.

After the ride, we enjoy cold drinks outside, socially distanced but it's easy to enjoy a good conversation in the fresh air! 

We ask all to RSVP, please email  , so we know you will be coming. We will email all who RSVP with any last-minute details by 5pm before the ride.

   Be sure to sign NEMBA's Annual Waiver. (But you only have to sign it once.)

Chapter

State

Massachusetts

Ride Level

All Levels

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Patria

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