Metrowest MA

Kids Mountain Bike Festival (GBNEMBA 2019 Kids Ride Series)

Event Date

10/20/19 9:00am to 1:00pm

NOTE:  The Fells 5/5 Ride has been cancelled due to conditions.

GBNEMBA will once again be celebrating all things kids and bikes by hosting a Kids Mountain Biking Festival at the Middlesex Fells, Sheepfold Parking Lot.  This event also marks the National Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day. 

Come join us for some biking, arts & crafts, food and much more.

Schedule of Events

  • 9:00am - 11:00am:  Sign-in
  • 9:45am : Led Rides
  • 10:15am: Led Rides 
  • 11am - 1pm:  Stunts demo/ learning
  • 11:30am: Balance Bike Race
  • 11:45am: Bike Limbo Contest
  • 10am - noon:  Arts and Crafts (including Pumpkin Decorating)
  • Noon:  BBQ lunch provided by Cycle Loft
  • 12:30pm:  Swag raffle (must be present to win)
  • 12:45pm : Kid Bike raffle !! (must be present to win) Donated by Cannondale Bikes.

* We will have a short coned course perfect for training wheels and balance bikes.  

The Kids Rides are designed for children ages 5-15.  Based on the skill levels of the participants, we typically break into two groups: one for kids who have more experience with riding, and a second group for beginners.  All we ask is no training wheels on the led rides BUT we will have a short marked course for training wheels.

No preregistration is required.  If you have any questions about the Kids’ Rides please contact Andrea Jones.

GBNEMBA Kids Ride Series

  • May 5 - (Sunday) MBAS @Fells / Kids Ride
  • June 1 - (Saturday) Burlington Town Day @LLF / Kids Ride
  • July 14 - (Sunday) Kids Ice-cream Ride @GBF
  • Aug 18 - (Sunday) @Rock Meadow - Belmont
  • Sept 21 - (Saturday) Ice-cream Reboot Kids Ride @Dow **Joint GB / NS NEMBA**
  • Oct 20 - (Sunday) Mountain Bike Kids Festival @Fells
  • Dec 1- (Sunday) Toys for Tots / Kids Ride @Fell

These rides allow children to have fun while enjoying the outdoors and getting some fitness.  In addition to learning some biking skills, kids are taught respect for the parks, trails, and other trail users.  The ride will be well staffed and every safety precaution will be observed.  Parents are welcome on the ride but not required. 

Riders (parents and kids) must have a serviceable bike, properly fitted helmet, and water for the ride.  All riders must wear closed-toed shoes - no flip flops or sandals. 

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Location

Middlesex Fells - Sheepfold

Chapter

State

Massachusetts

Ride Level

All Levels

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Andrea Jones

Kona Bicycles MTB Adventure Ride at the Middlesex Fells

Date

5/7/17 9:00am to 4:00pm

Come Ride and Support the Middlesex Fells Reservation!

Join Greater Boston NEMBA in the celebration of 29 years of advocacy to normalize access to singletrack in the Fells and help us raise money to improve trail conditions at the Fells. The Fells Kickoff is part of the Kona Bicycles MTB Adventure Series — events designed to raise funds for  parks and charities, which is why there is an admission fee to the MBAS events. We are delighted to partner with MTB Adventure Series to advance conservation and sustainability efforts in the Fells. Group rides will be leaving throughout the day or you can ride with your friends on a fully arrowed course.

Industry Expo
Back Bay Bicycles, Cannondale Sports Group, Cycle Loft, JRA Cycles and Wheelworks will be in attendance.

CycleLoft will once be firing up their grills and providing some tasty lunch!
 
Where: Middlesex Fells - Flynn Rink (300 Elm St., Medford MA)

When:  Saturday, May 6th, 2017, 9:00am-3:30pm
Cost:    NEMBA Members $10;  Non-members $25;  Renewing or joining NEMBA Free;
            All kids 15 and under ride free with a registered parent or guardian.
 
Event Schedule  THE FELLS EVENT IS CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN.
9:00 Registration Opens
10:00 Advanced ride
10:30 Intermediate ride
10:00 Kids ride
10:15 Intermediate ride
10:30 InterMellow ride
11:00 Beginner ride
12:00 Lunch
12:30 Raffle give away
1:00 Intermediate ride
3:00 event close

  Read more about Kona Bicycles MTB Adventure Ride at the Middlesex Fells

Location

Middlesex Fells Reservation, Flynn Rink

Chapter

Greater Boston Merrimack Valley North Shore

Trail

Event Leader

Rick Forzese
rick@rickforzese.com

GBNEMBA/DCR 2016 Toys for Tots Social Ride / Kid's Ride and Campfire Social

Event Date

11/27/16 10:00am to 2:00pm
Come join GBNEMBA and DCR at our annual Toys for Tots ride and campfire social on Sunday, November 27, 2016 at DCR's Botume House in Stoneham, MA. This year in addition to our social ride we will also lead a Kid's Ride. Both rides start at 10am. After the rides we will warm up around the campfire enjoying smores and hot beverages. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy suitable for ages 0-2 or 9-12. Please no weapon-like toys or toys with food. 4 Woodland Road, Stoneham, MA

Chapter

State

Massachusetts

Ride Level

All Levels

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Andrea Jones

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!

GB NEMBA Trail Day at LandLocked Forest

Date

11/7/15 8:30am to 12:30pm

It's time to get to work making some improvements to the trails at Landlocked Forest.

When:  Saturday,  November 7th 2015
Time: 8:30am - 12:30pm
Where:  Burlington Landlocked Forest,   42 Turning Mill Road, Lexington.

Please come and join us this Saturday for a few hours.  Lunch, water, gloves and instruction provided.

Thanks,

Maciej Sobieszek

Location

Landlocked Forest

Chapter

Greater Boston

Trail

Event Leader

Maciej Sobieszek
maciej@gbnemba.org

GBNEMBA Dark Hollow Pond Project, Middlesex Fells

Date

4/27/14 8:00am to 4:00pm

DCR has green-lighted phase 1 of DARK HOLLOW POND TRAIL. Everyone remember this - this is what catalyzed us all in 2009 to fight for equitable access to singletrack in the Fells and culminated in the release of the Fells Resource Management Plan which granted that access for mountain biking in the Fells. The RMP designated Dark Hollow Pond as to become legal for MTB and we've been working through the process with DCR since the RMP was released to get to this point. So save the date: Sunday, April 27th, 2014. 8am to 4pm. Come help finish what we all started! Stay tuned for an event page with exact details

Meet up: Kiosk at upper Sheepfold Lot

When: 8am-4pm
What to wear: Clothes and shoes suitable for working in the woods, closed-toes shoes/boots, work gloves, water.

We will be providing lunch and extra water.

Location

Upper Sheepfold Parking Lot Kiosk @ Fells

Chapter

Greater Boston

Trail

Event Leader

Adam Glick
adam@gbnemba.org

Volunteer Appreciation Night at Harpoon Brewery

Date

2/19/14 7:00pm to 8:30pm

NEMBA Volunteers:

If you spent any time building trail, leading rides or volunteering at any NEMBA event last year, WE WANT TO THANK YOU, at the Visitors Center and Beer Hall at Harpoon Brewery in South Boston (306 Northern Avenue,Boston, MA), on Wednesday, February 19th, from 7:00 pm to 8:30pm. Pizza and Harpoon's finest and cool give aways!

See more about the new beer hall here:

http://www.harpoonbrewery.com/news/589/New-Visitor-Center-and-Beer-Hall-Now-Open
— at Harpoon Brewery.

Chapter

Blackstone Valley Cape Cod Greater Boston Merrimack Valley North Shore SE Mass Wachusett

Event Leader

Rick Forzese
rick@rickforzese.com

BV NEMBA Thursday Ride @ Hopkinton SP

Event Date

4/25/19 (All day)

We’re going to try to get out for a Thursday evening ride at Hopkinton State Park.

Intermediate pace, ride will last for 1 1/2 hours and cover 6-8 miles.

Please email Brian Forestal, captainbri1@gmail.com if you need the address.

We ask that you help us respect the neighborhood by only parking here when you are our guest for a ride. Thank you.

Save time by signing NEMBA's Annual Waiver ahead of time.  Read more about BV NEMBA Thursday Ride @ Hopkinton SP

Chapter

State

Massachusetts

Ride Level

Intermediate

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Kara Gilman

Blackstone Valley NEMBA Sherborn XC Scramble

Event Date

Repeats every week every Tuesday 8 times .
5/7/19 6:00pm

Sherborn XC Scramble  

Join Steve the Bike Guy (STBG) and friends for a fast MTB ride through Sherborn in May and June. The course will vary from week to week with distances between 10-18 miles or up to 2 hours. The trails consist of fast single and double-track with moderate climbs. The terrain may be intermediate but the ride pace will be swift as we do our best to make hay before the sun sets and put in some miles. Long June days will allow more flexibility. A few of the planned routes will have limited road transfers between trails.

For those with a Garmin or other ride tracking device, we will be providing a route link ahead of time through the individual Facebook event. Please know Sherborn is a big equestrian town so in the event we encounter riders, we will stop and lay bikes down for horses to pass. Young horses are often being trained on the trails and can spook easily.

The STBG Velo Studio located at 25 N Main Street closes at 6:00pm and the plan is for the ride to start promptly at 6:10 pm (and should end around sunset), so come a few minutes early to get ready to ride. Lights should not be required but might come in handy late in the ride until sunset extends past 8:00.

Note:  Save time by signing NEMBA's once-a-year Annual Ride Waiver ahead of time if you haven't already done so.

What to bring:
* Mountain Bike in good working order.
* Spare tube and/or tubeless plugs to fix a flat if necessary.
* Water - Bottle or hydration pack (limited bottled drinking water will be available for filling)
* Food - Some riders may need nutrition on a fast paced 2 hour ride.
* Helmet

Please do not arrive with the expectation of getting mechanical issues looked at. STBG will be busy with service appointments and other scheduled customers until closing time. If availability allows we’ll see what can be done but the ride must start on time. A self service tool and air station will be available outside.

Parking:
There are 6 marked spots available directly in front of the STBG Velo Studio. All others please park in the playground lot on Cemetery Lane directly across the street (1 minute ride away).

NOTE: Changes to the ride, including cancellations, will be posted to the Facebook event. Please check before riding. Falling rain cancels.

Contact
Steve Brandt
steve@stevethebikeguy.com
508.251.9737 Read more about Blackstone Valley NEMBA Sherborn XC Scramble

Chapter

State

Massachusetts

Ride Level

Intermediate
Advanced-intermediate
Advanced

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Steve Brandt
508.251.9737

Increase DCR Funding

Friday, May 17, 2019

DCR Budget Action Alert

The Department of Conservation and Recreation manages over 450,000 acres of land comprising 250 properties around the Commonwealth. These properties include more than 2000 miles of trails that we all enjoy.

Unfortunately, due to budget cuts DCR’s workforce has been cut by 31%, nearly 400 positions since 2018. DCR’s current 882 employees are no longer able to adequately manage our State lands, no matter how hard they try.

Due to our advocacy DCR’s budget  ast year went up by $2 million dollars allowing DCR, among other things, to restore 43 fulltime positions.

Great News: The House has passed a budget that would restore $5.5 million in DCR funding over last year - $45.7 million for the Parks & Recreation account. Your calls were heard!

However, the Senate Ways and Means Committee’s FY20 budget proposes to fund DCR at $3 million less than what the House passed. They propose $42.4 million.

But, Senator Anne Gobi is submitting an amendment to increase the State Parks & Recreation line item to $47 million. We deeply appreciate her leadership.

NOW it’s time to ask your Senator to sign on as a co-sponsor and ask for their support next week.

Action Item:

Call your State Senator today and ask them to co-sponsor Senator Gobi’s Amendment #936d to fund DCR Account 2810-0100 (State Parks and Recreation) at $47 million. Find your Senator’s phone number HERE.

It's very easy to call, it only takes a minute or two and you'll probably be speaking to your Senator's legislative assistant.

This should be a very easy call to your State Senator’s office to simply make the request. In case it’s helpful, attached are some Green Budget speaking points that should be very familiar from the push we made last year and last month. Also attached is  a sheet describing what every $2M increase would do for DCR and our state parks.

This year the House Ways and Means Committee’s FY 20 budget would fund the DCR at $44.7 Million. This is an increase of $4.5 million over the FY19 budget. But Representative Smitty Pignatelli of Leonx has submitted an amendment to increase it to $47 million.

Act today to increase DCR’s budget and help restore our forests and parks. Read more about Increase DCR Funding

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