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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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Vermont Adaptive Charity Challenge

Date

3/19/21 (All day) to 6/19/21 (All day)

Vermont Adaptive Charity Challenge

 
Challenge yourself for Charity!

While physically hosting the 11th anniversary of the Vermont Adaptive Charity Challenge isn’t possible again this year due to the pandemic, we are determined to celebrate this event with the best virtual challenge possible now through June 19, 2021

 
There are many ways to participate in the Vermont Adaptive Charity Challenge. Pick your choice of sport or exercise - ride a road or mountain bike, stationary bike, run, walk, horseback ride, take an exercise class, swim, and more anytime and anywhere...from your own home or neighborhood.

For all of the details, please visit: https://charityride.vermontadaptive.org

Everything we do at Vermont Adaptive comes back to ensuring our athletes have the programs, adaptive equipment and experiences they need to enjoy sports and recreation. There will be more seasons, more bike rides, more hikes and more paddling, skiing, and snowshoeing. With YOUR help, we can make that happen.


Again this year, our Vermont Adaptive Charity Challenge must raise the critical $300,000 for our year-round programs and athletes. Now more than ever we must raise these funds to support added expenses incurred for running modified programs safely now, and to be ready for full programming when we return to normal. By supporting our online auction, YOU can still make an incredible impact on others while you’re at home staying safe and healthy.


For more than 30 years, Vermont Adaptive has provided adaptive sports outings statewide to people with disabilities. We are the largest non-profit in Vermont to do so, and we serve all ages and all (dis)abilities including those with physical, cognitive, emotional/behavioral, and developmental disabilities.

 Vermont Adaptive is a leader in the Adaptive Sports Industry and has more than 400 highly trained volunteer instructors, who donate more than 24,000 hours to our clients and statewide programs annually. The proceeds from this event will help provide year-round programming for those with disabilities and allow them to enjoy the outdoor activities and sports that many of us take for granted.

 
 
Please give a shout with any questions!

 
Jeff Alexander
Director of Strategic Partnerships & Business Development
Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports
Sports for EveryBODY
Mail: PO Box 139  Physical: 77 Alpine Drive
Killington, VT 05751
o - 802.786.4991 Ext. 29
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Event Leader

Jeff Alexander
partners@vermontadaptive.org

Northern VT

Catamount Outdoor Family Center

592 Governor Chittenden Rd
Williston  Vermont  05495
United States

Easy

40%

Moderate

30%

Difficult

10%

Description

The Catamount Outdor Family Center has been offering mountain biking since the 80's. It later developed Nordic Ski trails. Making it one of the first areas to have both.

Of course that was long before anyone ever heard of a Fat Bike. Which now share the trails in the winter months.

The center has over 20 miles of well maintanied trails. You might think that the trails are flat.

Well, some are pretty mellow but there's a 600' hill on the property and the trails make good use of it.

No matter what the season, in you're in the area, check out Catamont. In season they offer bike rentals, lessons, rides and races.

Here's a description from their Facebook Page.

":The Catamount Outdoor Family Center​ (COFC) in Williston, Vermont, provides activities year round including mountain biking, hiking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, fat biking and sledding. In addition, COFC is known for the variety of events held throughout the year including a weekly race series and a summer camp program." Read more about Catamount Outdoor Family Center

Northern VT

North Branch Park, Montpelier

500 Elm St
Montpelier  Vermont  05602
United States

Description

North Branch Park is one of the many trails initiatives undertaken by the Montpelier Area Mountain Bike Associaiton. It's a great, family friendly place to ride with an expanding trail system located right in the city.

For more information click on one of the links above.  Read more about North Branch Park, Montpelier

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Northern VT

Victory Hill

2781 Victory Hill Rd
Victory Hill  Vermont  05858
United States

Easy

20%

Moderate

65%

Difficult

15%

Description

Victory Hill is a developing trail system not far from Kingdom Trails in the town of Victory.  Currently there are about 8 miles of  singletrack trails and an additional 5 miles of woods roads.

The trails are really fun. Some are challenging, but most aren't. They are aimed at enduro focused riders though an enduro or downhill bike is not required. A lot of the trails have been machine built or improved as you'll see when you ride there.

Like Kingdom Trails Victory HIll requires the purchase of a day pass or annual membership. A day pass and a waiver can be purchased and signed at Carol Easter's House, 2438 Victory Hill Road or at the trailhead if no one is at home.

You'll find more information as well as a list of events and links to seasonal trail closures on Victory Hill's Website and on their Facebook Page.

  Read more about Victory Hill

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Northern VT

Blueberry Hill Area Trails, Goshen

1245 Goshen-Ripton Rd
Goshen  Vermont  05733
United States

(802) 247-6735

Easy

30%

Moderate

50%

Difficult

20%

Description

The Blueberry Hill Trails are located on the 15,875 acre Moosalamoo national Recreation Area. They are managed by the Blueberry Hill Outdoor Center.

These trails are open all year long, though use during the spring's mud season is not suggested.

There's a recommended donation of $10 to use the trails and all monies raised go into trail maintenance and improvement. But, you can ride the trails for free if you don't have any money to donate.

The trails range from easy to hard in a good mix.

Expect to do some climbing and expect to return more than once as there are over 30 miles of trails here.

Moosalamoo offers many other opportunities for mountain biking in addition to Blueberry HIll.   Read more about Blueberry Hill Area Trails, Goshen

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Northern VT

Hinesburg Town Forest

299 Hayden Hil Rd E
Hinesburg  Vermont  05462
United States

Easy

15%

Moderate

60%

Difficult

25%

Description

How could 850 acres hold so much?  The Hinesburg Town Forest is an awesome place to ride.  Not overly attractive to new riders it offers challenging trials with a lot of climbing in a deep woods setting. You'll find yourself returning over and over as your skills develop. Mnay trails have features and man made obstacles to test your skills on. And if 18 miles isn't enough, you're just a half mile away from the western end of the Sleepy Hollow trails.

There are three parking areas on Hayden Hill Road which between them, turns into a dirt track. The east parking lot is the one at the top of the page. The west is here. Alternatively there is another parking area at the end of Economou Road, which is closest to the most challenging trails.

These trails, as well as others nearby, have been built and are maintained by the Fellowship of the Wheel, a great organization to be a member of if you ride in this area frequently. Read more about Hinesburg Town Forest

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Northern VT

Sleepy Hollow Inn Ski & Bike Center, Huntington

427 Ski Lodge Dr
Huntington  Vermont  05462
United States

Easy

20%

Moderate

50%

Difficult

30%

Description

The Sleepy Hollow Inn Ski & Bike Center is a multi season trail destination.  Winters, of course are for Nordic skiing. But in the warmer months, about May 15th - October 24th, the place becomes a mountain bikers paridise.

Over 13 miles of intermediate - Advance mountain bike trails. Many machine built, bermed wonders in a beautiful north woods setting.

If this doesn't sound like enough, you're only about 1/2 mile from the Hinseburg Town Forest that has another 18 miles of trails.

The Sleepy Hollow Inn also has rooms and dining available.  There is a small charge for using their trails.  -  Well worth it. Read more about Sleepy Hollow Inn Ski & Bike Center, Huntington

Northern VT

Perry Hill, Waterbury

546 River Rd
Waterbury  Vermont  05676
United States

Easy

10%

Moderate

50%

Difficult

40%

Description

Waturbury's Perry Hill is no longer a secret. These trails are quickly getting a rep for their screaming downhills, as well as the climbs that preceed them.

Some have claimed that Perry Hill has the best downhill mountain bike trail in all of Vermont. Well . . . You'll have to decide that for yourself.

Parking is at Waterbury's Ice Center and Dog Park and the trailhead is about 100 yards before you gete there.

The trails are maintained by the Waterbury Trails Alliance, who's map is located below.

 

Read more about Perry Hill, Waterbury

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