Northeast MA

NEMBA COVID Guidance for Rides & Trail Care Sessions

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

NEMBA Guidance for Rides

Out of an abundance of caution NEMBA put a hold on Trial Care days and Group Rides as the Covid-19 Pandemic escalated.

Currently it seems like every day one or more of the New England States change their recommendations and guidelines. Their overriding concern, of course, is safety.

As each state sets its own policies NEMBA’s policies must be flexible. Our policies must follow at least the minimum guidelines set by each state. But since these guidelines vary in their directives, we have developed some parameters that we believe support the cautious resumption of group rides and trail care sessions. You can help support the health and safety of all riders (and other trail users) by following these practices!

See State by State restrictions below.

 

NEMBA Recommendations for Group Rides

· Non-household Group rides are allowed in all New England states. The permitted size of those groups varies. NEMBA recommends group sizes of 10 people or less. This is a common requirement in many riding areas. It also reduces interruptions to other trail users and helps keep groups safe and fun. But we leave it to local chapters and their ride leaders to determine what is best for them.

· Maintaining at least 3 bike lengths between each rider ensures physical distancing, at least 30’ but the more the better. The standard 6' social distance may not ensure safety when riding behind a rider or group for long periods of time. So we recommend many times that distance, as far as is practicable. The exception is with family members.

· Ride with a mask at the ready so that you can quickly put it on if you come across other trail users in an area where you can’t maintain a social distance of at least 6’. Or better yet, leave it on. A mask is primarily a courtesy to others. It is a source control measure that limits what you may spread via exhalation. It also provides some protection to 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. This is a time when nobody should assume a “right of way”.

· Do not linger in groups before or after rides. We will all get our “social” on when this Pandemic is over.

· Don’t overcrowd a riding area. If a riding area is busy, try to find an alternate time or location to ride but try to stay close to home. There are state-by-state restrictions on traveling across state lines. Observe them!

· Respect parking regulations. Parking has become a large pain point at many riding areas. 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.

· NEMBA requires using some method of rider registration so that in the event of needing to track an individual’s contacts, you can provide that information. NEMBA offers Evenbrite registration, with a Covid-19 questionnaire for any individual or chapter that wishes to use it.

· If you or your chapter would like to hold a group ride, either with or without Eventbrite, send an email to . That way you will be covered by NEMBA’s insurance.

 

NEMBA Recommendations for Family Rides

· Follow all the requirements of your local governments (State, City or Town) and requirements of the property where you wish to ride.

· Best practice is to ride with members of your household.

· Wear masks when in the presence of others and it is not possible to be at least 6’ apart.

· If possible, choose riding areas without crowds.

 

NEMBA Recommendations for Trail Care Events

Since each State sets its own policy for outdoor group size, NEMBA’s policy must be flexible. But it must follow the guidelines set by that state. Since these guidelines are in some cases contradictory, we have developed some suggested parameters of our own.

Traditional Trail Care days where more than 30 people might show up in a parking lot, hang out together for instructions, grab tools and head out should be put on hold for now. As must the traditional after trailwork parking lot thank you party. We recommend:

 

  • 1  Trail Care sessions must be limited to 4-9 people.
  • 2  Social distancing of at least 12’ must be maintained at all times.
  • 3  Face coverings must be used whenever one is within 15’ of anyone else.
  • 4  Tools must not be shared unless they are sanitized before handoffs.
  • 5  For the time being, doing small projects should be the goal.
  • 6  Advance sign up or, events run by invitation only, may be used to put limits on the numbers.
  • 7 After the event, participants should leave the gathering area as soon as possible.
  • 8 NEMBA requires using some method of volunteer registration so that in the event of needing to track an individual’s contacts, you can provide that information. NEMBA offers Evenbrite registration, with a Covid-19 questionnaire for any individual or chapter that wishes to use it.

 

If you or your NEMBA chapter want to sponsor a Trail Care Event send an email to . This will ensure that your event will be covered by NEMBA’s insurance.

Maine Covid-19 Response    Maine Bureau of Parks

Vermont Covid-19 Guidance    VT State Parks

New Hampshire Covid-19     NH State Parks

Massachusetts Covid-19    Mass DCR Guidance

Connecticut Covid Response    CT DEEP Response

Rhode Island Covid Information    RI DEM Guidance

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GB NEMBA Kids Mountain Bike Festival

Event Date

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

Come celebrate all things kids and bikes at the GBNEMBA Kids Mountain Biking Festival.  The festival will be held at Mary Cummings Park, 16 Blanchard Rd, Burlington.  (Across from 8 Blanchard Rd.)

Enjoy biking, arts & crafts, food and much more. 

** Mary Cummings Park is also home to the RC Flyers, an organization that flys remote controlled planes.  The group has offered kids 12+ the chance to fly a beginner plane.  Our rides / arrowed loops will swing by the field so you can see the planes in action.  **

Schedule of Events

  • 9:00am - 11:00am:  Sign-in
  • 9:45am : Led Rides
  • 10:15am: Led Rides 
  • 11am - 1pm:  Skill building on skinnys, low jumps, etc.
  • 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 : Raffle for Kids!! (must be present to win) 

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

The led Kids Rides are designed for children ages 5-15.  Based on the skill levels of the participants, we will 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 @Mary Cummings Park
  • Dec 1- (Sunday) Toys for Tots / Kids Ride @Fell

Why we offer rides:  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 rides are 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.  Read more about GB NEMBA Kids Mountain Bike Festival

Location

**New Location - Mary Cummings Park - Blanchard Rd, Burlington**

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

NS NEMBA Trail Work at Beverly Commons

Date

4/26/14 8:30am to 4/27/14 8:30am

North Shore NEMBA Trail Work Weekend
Saturday April 26 8:30 AM – 3 PM
Sunday April 27 8:30 AM – Noon
Beverly Commons, Greenwood Ave. Beverly MA

Location: Beverly Commons (aka Greenwood) Beverly MA. Meet at Beverly Farms end of Greenwood Ave. at Stone Ridge. Parking at the trailhead is tight. If you find no parking spots, there is plenty of on-street parking on Greenwood closer to Hart St. Please respect the neighbors, driveways, mailboxes, etc.

Map: http://tinyurl.com/mdnb43g

Greenwood has great technical riding and a remote feel for a place so surrounded by civilization. Some of the trails follow lowland routes. Prior projects have addressed some of those and bridged other problem areas.

Project: Build New Trail. This is a sizeable trail addition that will create a dry loop on the east side of the Commons where an existing trail makes an extended tour through a swamp. The terrain is rocky and wild, the route challenging both to build and to ride after completion. There is a considerable amount of tread work, so be prepared to move some stone and do some digging.

Due to the amount of work involved, we have scheduled 2 days to complete the project. It’s best to arrive for an 8:30 AM start on either or both days, but no problem coming later, particularly on Saturday, if that’s what your schedule allows. The walk in, about 15 minutes, will be marked. Given the duration of the project, we are hoping that everyone can participate at some time over the weekend.

Bring work gloves, sturdy footwear, eye protection, and pack in water/snacks. Tools will be supplied but feel free to bring your favorite rock bar, pick mattock, stone hammer, etc.

Lunch will be provided. A ride may take place in the afternoon, weather and ground conditions permitting.

Project will go on in light/moderate rain, but heavy rain may result in rescheduling.

Contact: Dan, trailwork@nsnemba.org or 978-618-8596 Read more about NS NEMBA Trail Work at Beverly Commons

Chapter

North Shore

Event Leader

Dan Streeter
trailwork@nsnemba.org

NS & MV NEMBA Trailbuilding at Winnekenni (Haverill)

Date

4/13/14 8:30am to 1:00pm

North Shore/Merrimack Valley NEMBA Trail Care
Sunday April 13
Winnekenni Park Haverhill MA
8:30 AM – noon

Location: Winnekenni Park, off Route 110 Kenoza Ave. Haverhill MA. Proceed into the park to the second lot. Look for yellow and green NEMBA trailer.

Meeting location map: https://goo.gl/maps/aQIsL

First NEMBA trail building and maintenance day at Winnekenni! A cooperative project for both Merrimack Valley and North Shore NEMBA chapters. Tasks include building a new section of contour trail and maintenance to existing trails. This park has some nice trails now, but with this and some more projects in the works, it will be an even better trail destination for area riders.

Bring gloves, sturdy footwear, eye protection, and water/snacks. Tools will be supplied.

Lunch will be provided, and a ride may take place in the afternoon, weather and ground conditions permitting.

Project will go in light rain, but heavy rain may result in rescheduling.

Contact: Dan, trailwork@nsnemba.org or 978-618-8596 Read more about NS & MV NEMBA Trailbuilding at Winnekenni (Haverill)

Location

Haverhill, MA

Chapter

Merrimack Valley North Shore

Event Leader

Dan Streeter
trailwork@nsnemba.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

Northeast MA

Fort Lee, Salem

125 Fort Ave
Salem  Massachusetts  01970
United States

Easy

35%

Moderate

35%

Difficult

30%

Description

Fort Lee is a historic site. It's probably the only remaining Revolutionary site where the fortifications are still visible. 

The original earthworks were built in 1776, allowed to deteriorate and then re-built during the Civil War.

For more on this check this Wickipedia entry and this local page

The trail system is relativly new constructed mostly in the last few years by local riders. It's a small area, with a lot of flow.

It's designed to ride fast! Lots of berms, and dirt jumps. Not a lot of climbing and there's a small pump track.

Most people riding here do the trails multiple times to get in a good ride.

  Read more about Fort Lee, Salem

Local Shops

Salem Cycle

Seaside Cycle

Links to Relevant Resources

NS NEMBA trail Care @ Harold Parker SF

Date

Repeats every day 2 times .
10/17/20 (All day) to 10/18/20 (All day)

NS NEMBA Hornridge Bridge Extension @ Harold Parker State Forest

A 100 ft. bridge extension will be added to the existing bridge. This area has become wet from beaver activity.

There will be three events.

8:00 AM Saturday, Noon Saturday and 8:00 AM Sunday.

Please sign up for one event by contacting Frank Lane, 

   Note: The two Saturday Sessions are filled. 
Looking for 6 volunteers per session to comply with coved. Mask, rubber boots, gloves, water, and snack suggested.

  Oh! Sign NEMBA's Annual Trail Care Waiver ahead of time if you haven't already done so.


Meet at 315 Salem St. Andover, MA Skug River Parking lot.

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Chapter

North Shore

Trail

Event Leader

Frank Lane
franklane429@gmail.com

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