Southeast MA

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. 

SE MA NEMBA Trail Day @ Wompatuck State Park

Date

10/3/21 9:00am

SE MA NEMBA & Friends of Wompatuck Trail Day

Join us for Trail Care on 10/3 at 9 AM.

We will be working on some South Field maintenance and also the trail that will connect to the new Grove St. parking lot.

If you would like to participate, please register here: https://forms.gle/SnpyLDDCjmLUaCJe9

Also, if you haven't already signed NEMBA's annual waiver, do so now.

 

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Chapter

SE Mass

Trail

Event Leader

Vicki Schow
vicki.schow@hotmail.com

SE MA NEMBA Meeting

Date

9/27/21 (All day)

SE MA NEMBA CHapter Meeting & Election

On Monday September 27, 7pm, we will hold our monthly SEMass NEMBA chapter meeting.

This will be a special meeting, as we are holding elections for all officers positions.

Most notably, President, since I have stepped down, but also Vice President, which we have never really had.

So far, we have one presidential nominee, Tommy Walker.

Tommy has a huge following outside of and including NEMBA, and has a great energy towards inclusion, membership growth, rider education, and all things mountainbike.

VP is open as well, and Tim Friedmann has thrown his hat into that ring.

Secretary is currently filled by Peter Williams, and Treasurer is Steph Beaudoin.

They both are fairly new additions to our board, and we’re happy to have them. But this is a general election.

Meeting location: The meeting will be at Abington Depot (upstairs). 101 Railroad St, Abington, MA

  If you'd like to run for an officer's position send an email to .

 

 

SEMass Meeting Minutes August 24, 2021 -- Chapter Meeting

Attendees

Steve Cobble, Pres, Steph Beaudoin, Tres. Peter Williams, Sec. John Refford, Terry Lee, Dave Richardson, Tyler Reichert, Samuel Greenup, Jared Cianciolo,  Bill Boles, Jack Deez, Koene Van Dijk, Miguel Pina, David Cassady, Mike Slemmer,George Lester, Greg Marlone, Tommy Walker, Tim Friedmann, Jeffrey LaPerriere, Bill Mulvey, PJ Simpson, Doug Luoma, Blanche Lester, David Farrel, Tom Tutkus

Meeting held at the Wompatuck State Park Visitors Center and shared on Zoom.

Steve Cobble called to order at approx. 7:04 PM. Meeting attendees introduced themselves and noted their preferred riding locations.

NEMBA BOD Updates — Steve Cobble summarized the major items from the latest NEMBA BOD meeting which included that NEMBA membership has increased by 20%, two new chapters have been establish (Belfast, ME and Martha’s Vineyard, a new position has been established to improve member diversity, and NEMBA will be working with chapters to establish new websites.

Approval Prior Meeting Minutes Members voted to approve the June 2021 meeting minutes.

Financial Update - Steph Beaudoin reported that the Chapter account had a balance of approximately $13,100 and had received a check of $1,900 from NEMBA for new memberships and renewals. Steph summarized last month's expenditures and future expected costs. A summary of the chapter's recent finances is attached. The members voted to approve the financial report.

Old Business

1. NembaFest Event - Adams Farm. Peter Williams reminded attendees that the event is scheduled for September 26, 2021 and is limited to 250 persons. Registration is limited to online with no in-person same day registration. Please register as early as you can.

2. Borderland Bike Repair Stand: John Refford reported that he has been working with the Borderland DCR rangers and they have approved the installation of a bike repair stand near the Borderland Visitors Center. The members voted to approve the funding of $3,000 for the purchase and installation of the bike repair stand.

3. Blue Hills Bike Repair Stand: Steve Cobble reported that he has been working with the Blue Hills DCR rangers. The DCR supports the project but has not approved the location of the bike repair stand. To show that SEMass is committed to the project, the members voted to approve the funding of $3,000 for the purchase and installation of the bike repair stand. .

New Business

1. September Election of Chapter Officest: Peter Williams announced the SEMass chapter will be holding a Chapter officers election at the September 27, 2021 meeting. The election will be for president, vice president, treasurer and secretary positions. Currently the president and vice-president positions are vacant. Per the Chapter’s elections guidelines, the first step of the

election process is the appointment of an election leader. Bill Boles volunteered to be the election leader. Those interested in being considered for an officers position should contact Bill at bill@nemba.org.

Steve Cobble nominated Tom Walker as a candidate for the president position. Tom accepted the nomination for the president position. Timothy Friedmann announced that he would like to be considered for the vice-president position. Step Beaudoin and Peter Williams indicated that they would like to be considered for re-election at their current positions of treasurer and secretary, respectively.

2. NEMBA Women’s Summit: Steph Beaudoin presented a status update on the NEMBA Women’s Summit which is planned for August 26-28, 2022. The NEMBA Women’s Summit aims to increase women’s involvement, experience, skills and knowledge as participants, advocates and leaders in mountain biking.

Park Updates

1. Massasoit State Park - Arthur “Chuck” Dunne reported (post meeting) that the campground trail reroute proposal is under review by the DCR. It is anticipated that the DCR will require that the work not start till after the Columbus Day weekend when the campground closes..

2. Wompatuck State Park: Tim Friedemann noted that the Landmine Race is scheduled for September 12th and that registration is limited to online with no in-person same day registration.

3. Cutler Park: Steve Cobble reported that he is continuing to work with the DCR rangers and additional bridge repairs will be considered in the future.

4. Ames Nowell: Tom Tutkus reported that one of the support beams for the skinny bridges is broken and is a safety hazard.

5. Borderland: John Refford reported that they are planning a trail reroute on October 9, 2021 for a severely deteriorated trail.

6. Adams Farm: George Lester/Tom McKenna (post meeting) indicated that they are planning the construction of a new bridge on the orange trail in the Fall. George agreed to become the Park Representative for Adams Farm.

Adjournment

Meeting adjourned at approximately 8:15 PM.

The next meeting will be in-person on Monday, September 27 at 7:00 PM.

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SE Mass

Event Leader

Steve Cobble
cobblestv@gmail.com

Southeast MA

Manuel F. Correllus SF, Edgartown

500 Barnes Rd
Edgartown  Massachusetts  02539
United States
Parking is located a few hundred yards south of this location

Description

At 5300 acres Manuel F. Correllus State Fores occupys a large portion of the center of Martha's Vineyard.

There are about 14 miles of trails in the forest, including a paved bike path that links to many additional parking areas.  See Map.

The dirt trails include miles of wide fire roads and some singletrack trails.

In addition the forest hosts a disc golf course.

In season there is hunting at Manuel F. Correllus. But not on Sundays.

At the time of this writing the trail system is undergoing renovations and an updated map will be posted when the work is completed.

The forest surrounds the Martha's Vineyard airport on three sides. The airport was carved out of the forest during World War II for an auxillary Naval air facility. Read more about [node:title]

Links to Relevant Resources

CC NEMBA Full Moon Beach Ride

Event Date

9/20/21 6:30pm

CC NEMBA Full Moon Fat Bike Beach Ride @ Sandy Neck Beach

Location: Sandy Neck Beach West Barnstable
Sunset 6:41 pm
Ride starts 6:30 - Get there by 6:15.
Bring Lights
Must have Fat Bike (3.8's or bigger recommended)
Roughly 2 hour ride for beginners, up to 12 miles. The intermediate ride, up to 15 miles, will be about 3 hours if they choose to do the "backside Trails".

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

   This will be awesome!   Be there!

 

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State

Massachusetts

Ride Level

All Levels

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Frank Merola

SE MA NEMBA Bridge Build @ Adams Farm

Date

9/18/21 9:00am

SEPT 18, 9AM - Noon

SEMASS NEMBA Trail Day at Adams Farm

We are looking for volunteers to help with a Bridge build on the Orange Trail at Adams Farm.  This new bridge will be about 40’ long, 3’ wide, and will span a small stream that crosses the trail.

We will cut the lumber on-site then use a truck to take the lumber to the trailhead.  From there, we will need to hike in the lumber about 1,000’ to the work site.

Meeting at the barn at Adams Farm at 9AM.  We should be completed by noon. 

   999 North Street, Walpole

There will be food and a fun ride afterwards, covering your favorite Adams Farms trails as well as some adjacent lesser known terrain in Medfield!

About the location: This stream crossing has a technical rock crossing and a mud pit.  The bridge will cross the mud and leave the technical rock option.

Please bring cordless impact drivers (with your name on them), gloves, hiking boots and some water.

Please email me at george@georgelester.com or Tom McKenna at tom@tomandshan.com if you can attend.

   Hope to see you on October 3rd. 

Let's Make Adams Farm's Trails Better.

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Chapter

SE Mass

Trail

Event Leader

George Lester
george@georgelester.com

CC NEMBA Chapter Meeting & Ride

Date

9/7/21 5:30am

Cape Cod NEMBA September Chapter Meeting & Ride

We will be having our September ride/meeting at the West Barnstable Conservation Area on Tuesday 9/7.

There will be mellow, internediate and advanced rides starting at 5:30.

The meeting (short) will be at 7:30 PM. AT the WBCA's Race Lane parking lot.

     1590 Race Lane, Marstons Mills.

  CC NEMBA will have pizza, BYO liquids.

SInce daylight ends around 7:30, you may want to bring a light if you have one. (Just in case.)

   A folding chair might be a good idea too.

For the rides, try to be there by 5:15, so that we can get the rides going at 5:30.

If you haven't already signed NEMBA's Annual Waiver.  Please do so ahead of time.

Look forward to seeing you there.   :-)

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Chapter

Cape Cod

Trail

Event Leader

Frank Merola
fmerola@nemba.orgt

SE MA NEMBA Clip & Ride @ Wompatuck

Date

9/7/21 5:30pm

Wompatuck State Park Clip & Ride

We will have a fun ride and focus on trimming back the trails befroe the Landmine Classic.

On 9/7 we'll do a  trim and clear. Here's your chance to preview the course.

Meet at the Visitor's Center.

Bring your bike, hand clippers or a folding saw if you have them. Also bug spray.

If enough riders show up we may split into groups.

Be sure to sign NEMBA's Annual  Waiver ahead of time if you haven't already done so.

Hope to see you on the 7th.

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Chapter

Six Rivers

Trail

Event Leader

Jeff Wilson
jeffrey2u@icloud.com

SE MA NEMBA Borderland Trail Reroute

Date

10/9/21 9:00am to 1:00pm

What: Borderland Trail Reroute

When: Saturday, October 9th 9:00am

Where: Borderland State Park. We will be meeting at the Ridge Trail trailhead along Mountain Road. (596 Mountain St. Sharon) Parking along Mountain Road is very limited. We will have to shuttle some volunteers from nearby Oliver Ames High School.

Contact: John Refford 617.851.0407

Details:
We will be rerouting the Granite Trail where it connects to Ridge Trail. The existing trail is a blown out climb and we will be creating new single track to replace the existing route. 

   We will be following NEMBA's Covid guidance.: 

Bring safety glasses, work gloves, suitable footwear, pants (not shorts), bug spray, water and a snack

Sign NEMBA's online waiver before attending if you haven't already done so.

 

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Chapter

SE Mass

Trail

Event Leader

John Refford
john@refford.com

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