Southeast MA

NEMBA COVID-19 Guidance for Rides & Trail Care Events

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

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 January 11 2022

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.

Maine: No outdoor mask requirements. No limits on group size.

New Hampshire: No outdoor mask requirements. No limits on group size.

Rhode Island: No outdoor mask requirement. No limits on group size

Vermont: No outdoor mask requirements. No limits on group size.

CDC Covid-19 Guidelines

CT DEEP,    Maine Bureau of Parks,    Mass DCR Guidance,    NH State Parks,    RI DEM,    VT State Parks 

   Note: Some cities and towns may have different rules.

---

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. 

Wompy Winterfest

Date

1/30/22 12:00am to 2/28/22 12:00pm

                    WOMPY WINTERFEST 2022

Come celebrate winter at Wompatuck State Park with our annual Wompy WinterFest! 

SMASS NEMBA and the Friends of Wompatuck will be hosting a month-long event with suggested self-guided routes for mountain biking, hiking, and trail running. 

Wompy WinterFest carries on no matter what the weather!

However, pending snow and trail conditions, we will have a snow groomed loop in addition to other route suggestions.   

Most routes start at the Visitors Center (196 Union St Hingham, MA).

In addition to the month-long event, we will also have a one day gathering on Sunday, February 6th (permit pending). 

This one-day event will include the DIY routes (no arrows this year) as well as some led rides, hikes, and runs. 

A free chili lunch will be available at the Visitor Center beginning at 11 AM (until it runs out).

You do not have to be a member of NEMBA or the Friends of Wompatuck to take part in this event.

   But, you must sign NEMBA's 2022 Waiver.

For more information, stay tuned to the Friends of Wompatuck social media at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Friendsofwompatuck

 

2021 Wompatuck Virtual WinterFest Group Ride Event on Jan 31, 2021 |  Trailforks  TSO@SNOWpatuck - Powda day - YouTube  NEW ENGLAND MOUNTAIN BIKE ASSOCIATION - PDF Free Download  Fortua - Snowpatuck | Facebook Read more about [node:title]

Chapter

Cape Cod Greater Boston SE Mass

Trail

Event Leader

Vicki Schow
vicki.schow@hotmail.com

SE MA NEMBA Friday Wompatuck Ride

Event Date

Repeats every week 52 times .
12/24/21 5:30pm

SE MA NEMBA Wompatuck Evening Ride

I will be leading a regular semi/mellow ride on Fridays at Wompatuck State Park.

   Meet at 5:30 at the Visitor's Center. 

Pedal at 5:45.   Don't be late.

You will need lights until Daylight Savings Time changes the clocks on 3/13/22.

Due to the Pandemic I'll be limiting the number of people who can take part.

Let me know that you're coming cobblestv@gmail.com . Or, text me at 781-254-8796.

    Don't just assume that the ride will happen.

I will respond with the parking location which will change every week.

If I don't hear from anyone I may ride someplace else.

Sign NEMBA's Annual Waiver if you haven't already done so.

   Let's Ride! Read more about [node:title]

Chapter

State

Massachusetts

Ride Level

Advanced-novice
Intermediate

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Steve Cobble
781-254-8796

SEMass NEMBA Sunday Blue Hills Ride

Event Date

12/19/21 10:00am to 2/27/22 10:00am

SUNDAY!! FUNDAY!! 10 am.

Location: 695 Hillside Ave. Milton, MA

Ride with David Farrell and me in Ponkapoag and beyond!

We’ll split into smaller groups depending on skill levels and speeds.

Bring a mountainbike worthy of all the roots, rocks and hills and good energy to get over it all!

All welcome, just take a moment to fill out our annual waiver if you haven't already done so.

https://waiver.smartwaiver.com/w/5ee3b647520b5/kiosk/ Read more about [node:title]

Chapter

State

Massachusetts

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Steve Cobble

CC NEMBA Trail Build

Date

12/19/21 8:45am

CC NEMBA Maple Swamp Trail Work Day

When: This Sunday 12/19 @ 8:45am

Location: Maple Swamp Parking Lot located on Service Road in Sandwich.

Our mower Mark has time to mow one of the two new trails with his gravely.

Volunteers needed.

We are installing the Blue / Up trail.

This is a two way trail starting just west of the Sam Nye Deck overlook.

Many hands make light work.

We need volunteers to do raking, lopping, pole saw trimming, fill and tamp holes w shovel and we have two direction change switchbacks that need to be bermed.

We will have tools but if you have loppers or a good leaf rake, bring them.

We plan on driving the tools up at 9am and have to keep the gate locked.

See the comments on this Facebook page for updates or if you can come later on Sunday.

You don't have to be a NEMBA member to help out.

But be sure you've signed NEMBA's 2021 Waiver.

May be an image of map and text that says 'Potential New/Restored Trails on South Side of Sam Nye's Mountain Overlook Jacob's Ladder Trail West South Hill Trail Down Trail Up UpTrail Trail Path Cart Nye West South Hill Trail' Read more about [node:title]

Chapter

Cape Cod

Trail

Event Leader

Frank Merola
fmerola@nemba.org

CC NEMBA / Seasports New Year's Day MTB Ride

Event Date

1/1/22 9:00am

New Year's Day Ride by Sea Sports Cyclery & Outdoor

1441 Iyannough Rd, Hyannis

For · Anyone with a mountain bike

  You do not have to be a NEMBA members to join us. 

  But you must sign the NEMBA Waiver if you haven't already done so.

Start the New Year off right with a group mtb ride! 3 groups with different paces, 25 mile ride 9am,

10 and 15 mile rides at 10:00am Jan 1st.

Pre & Post ride Coffee and Pastries.

Rides leave from the shop.

Ride is Free but please consider bringing a non-perishable food item for the Family Pantry of Cape Cod.

Late breaking details will be posted to this Facebook page.

Sea Sports Home Page Read more about [node:title]

Chapter

State

Massachusetts

Ride Level

Advanced-novice
Intermediate
Advanced-intermediate
Advanced

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Jeff Craddock

SE MA NEMBA Bridge Repair

Date

12/5/21 9:00am

FoW & SEMASS NEMBA Bridge Repair

Here's more information about this Sunday's bridge repair day.

The Friends of Wompatuck and SEMass NEMBA are going to repair a bridge in Wompatuck State Park.

We will need some strong backs to help reposition the recently straightened zig zag bridge which was displaced by a root ball from a downed tree during the October storm.

If you are able to join us, meet us at the Visitor Center by 9 AM.

Please dress for the weather.

Also, remember that bridges usually mean we're working in wet areas -- so wear the appropriate footwear.

SIgn NEMBA's 2021 Waiver if you haven't already done so.

  Thanks.

Hope to see you Sunday.

May be an image of 4 people, outdoors, tree and text that says 'FRIENDS OF WOMPATUCK AND SE MASS NEMBA IS HOSTING A BRIDGE REPAIR DAY Sunday, December 5th Wompatuck State Park 9:00 AM Meet at the Visitor Center' Read more about [node:title]

Chapter

SE Mass

Trail

Event Leader

Vicki Schow
vicki.schow@hotmail.com

SEMass NEMBA Wompatuck Bridge Repair

Date

12/5/21 9:00am

SE MA NEMBA & Friends of Wompatuck Bridge Repair Day

This Sunday, December 5th, we will be repairing some bridges damaged in the October storm.

If you want to help, meet us at 9 AM at the Visitor Center.

Make sure to dress for the weather!

Hopefully we can bang out the identified projects in just a couple hours.

  Please sing the 2021 Annual Waiver if you haven't already done so.

May be an image of 4 people, outdoors, tree and text that says 'FRIENDS OF WOMPATUCK AND SE MASSNEMBA IS NEMBA HOSTING A BRIDGE REPAIR DAY Sunday, December 5th Wompatuck State Park 9:00 AM Meet at the Visitor Center' Read more about [node:title]

Chapter

SE Mass

Trail

Event Leader

Vicki Schow
vicki.schow@hotmail.com

SEMass NEMBA Zoom Chapter Meeting

Date

1/24/22 7:00pm

SEMass NEMBA January Chapter Meeting

Due to the rise in COVID infections this month's meeting will be a zoom meeting. 

We'll be discussing upcoming events and projects

We will also be discussing our goals for 2022

The Zoom meeting info and link is below.  

Good riding and hope you can make the meeting.

   You do not have to be a member of NEMBA to attend.

Peter

 

SEMass NEMBA is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Jan 2022 Chapter Meeting
Time: Jan 24, 2022 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83613170945

Meeting ID: 836 1317 0945
One tap mobile
+13126266799,,83613170945# US (Chicago)
+16465588656,,83613170945# US (New York)

   You do not have to be a member of NEMBA to attend.

Hope to see you there.

  Read more about [node:title]

Chapter

SE Mass

Event Leader

Peter Williams
peterjwilliams313@gmail.com

Pages