Southern NH

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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SNH NEMBA Trail Care at Bear Brook SP

Date

8/17/14 9:00am to 1:00pm

We will be having a trail work day on Sunday, August 17th in Bear Brook State Park.  We will be doing a re-route on Little Bear along with working on some problem areas of the trail.  We will meet at 9AM at Hayes Field (drive past the hiker/biker lot on Podunk Road).   Plan to work until noon or 1.  Bring gloves, food, water and bug spray.  Bring your bike if you’d like to join us for a ride afterwards.  Hope to see you there!

Location

Bear Brook State Park

Chapter

Southern NH

Trail

Event Leader

Kathy Evans
Holvetcen@earthlink.net

SNH NEMBA -Bear Brook Trail Care CANCELED

Date

4/26/14 9:00am

trail event is cancelled while State reviews all trail usage
we will be hosting a intermediate ride instead at the toll booth parking lot 9am

We will be working on clearing the trails that were damaged by the most recent logging over the winter. Meet at 8:45 at the toll booth on Deerfield Road. We will be working at the bottom of Sentinel Pine. If we have enough people and time, we will then head over to clean up Hemlock. If you have a chainsaw and feel comfortable using it, please bring it along. Otherwise I'll plan on having the tool trailer at the site with all the tools we will need. I think it will still be too wet to ride at that point, so it's just a work day this time. Any questions, call Kathy 603-724-7187. Pass this along to anyone that might be interested. Hope to see you there! Read more about SNH NEMBA -Bear Brook Trail Care CANCELED

Location

Bear Brook state park Alanstown, NH

Chapter

Southern NH

Trail

Event Leader

Kathy Evans Park steward
holvetcen@earthlink.net
603-724-7187

BK-NEMBA Chapter Meeting - November

Date

11/7/20 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Lets meet for our last chapter meeting of 2020. We typically do an end of year social "meeting"... but, you know. Covid.
 
This coming Saturday's weather looks great. We'll meet in Wheelock Park (Keene), over by the bike park at 1PM. Bring a lawn chair, a bike, or even a beverage.
 
There will be the usual membership and financial updates, some announcements about a grant we received, and some winter grooming discussion.
 
We can also discuss chapter officers, plans for 2021, and some other ideas I have about increasing membership, member involvement, and figuring out what we're doing and/or should be doing...

Location

95 Park Ave, Keene NH

Chapter

Brattleboro-Keene

Event Leader

Mike Davern
mdavern@nemba.org

Southern NH

Clyde Pond, Windham

99 London Bridge Rd
Windham  New Hampshire  03087
United States

Easy

30%

Moderate

50%

Difficult

20%

Description

Clyde Pond

The crew in Windham continues to do amazing work at the Clyde Pond area. I don’t even want to try to name or count the new trails because by the time you read this, the list would almost certainly be obsolete.

Ted and Karen Korza have placed their own personal stamp on a couple of new trails.

There are least ten miles of singletrack trails, ranging from rolling, flowy stuff to technical, rocky trails.

There are features peppered throughout the venue. If you haven’t visited, it’s definitely worth the trip to check out these trails.

  Read more about Clyde Pond, Windham

Local Shops

Exeter Cycles

Goodale's Bike Shop

Trek of Portsmouth

Cycles Etc

Papa Wheelies

Buchika's Ski & Bike

Links to Relevant Resources

Southern NH

Keene Bike Park

101 Park Ave
Keene  New Hampshire  03431
United States

Easy

45%

Moderate

45%

Difficult

10%

Description

Keene Bike Park

The Keene Bike Park is a joint project of Brattleboro-Keene NEMBA and the City of Keene, to build a fun, family-oriented park where people of all ages can learn, play, and enjoy bike-related activities.

It's located the City's Wheelock Park

In 2020 the Brattleboro-Keene Chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association (BK-NEMBA) will be designing, building, and donating a bike park to the City of Keene.  This bike park will provide a safe, fun, and challenging place for bike riders of all ages to learn and develop their mountain biking skills.

​The park will enhance an already vibrant mountain biking scene and serve as a destination for riders throughout New England.  It will become a benefit for the City to attract new businesses, and for businesses when recruiting new employees.

​Visit this FAQ Page to learn more.

The Bike Park will consist of a two pump tracks. One for beginner/intermediate riders and a second for Intermediate/advanced riders.

There will also be a cross country trail.

The City of Keene is noted for its trail opportunities.

These include, but are not limited to Stonewall Farm and Drummer Hill.

The Keene Bike Park is intended to be a family oriented area, perfect for introducing peopleto mountain biking.

Grand Opening 10/2/20

Update 9/25/20

The start feature is complete, the big jumps are finished, and the park is completely open!

The popularity of the park has been amazing.  You can find people riding almost any time of the day.  Young kids, teens, and adults are all out there having a great time together.  The camaraderie, mentorship, and  cooperation between al the park users continues to impress.    Thank you so much to all of you for helping to make this fantastic park a reality!

Because of the current Covid-19 situation we aren't holding a big grand opening event this season.  Hopefully we'll be able to do one in the spring when the park reopens. 

But on Friday October 2nd at 4PM we will be doing a ribbon cutting with the Mayor of Keene.  Stop by if you'd like.  There is lots of open, outdoor space.

 

  

 

Read more about Keene Bike Park

Local Shops

365 Cycles

Norm's Bike & Ski

Links to Relevant Resources

Southern NH

Northwoods Meadows State Park, Northwood

775 1st New Hampshire Turnpike
Northwood  New Hampshire  03261
United States

Easy

80%

Moderate

15%

Difficult

5%

Description

Northwoods Meadows State Park has a variety of trails ranging from very easy to quite hilly.  None of the trails are particulary difficult which makes Northwoods Meadows a good place for family rides and, or newer riders.

The park's 675 acres includes the abutting Guptill-Lamprey Pasture Conservation Area which is not owned by the State. But the boundaries are not defined and most people just refer to the area as Northwoods Meadows.

During the summer season there are day use fees and open comfort stations. Off season there's no charge. Read more about Northwoods Meadows State Park, Northwood

Local Shops

Exeter Cycles

Goodale's Bike Shop

Cycles Etc

Pedalin' Fools Mobile Bike Service

Links to Relevant Resources

Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival presented by BK-NEMBA

Date

3/7/20 6:00pm to 10:00pm

11th Annual Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival!

Social hour with cash bar at 6:00pm, film will start promptly at 7:00pm.

The price of admission includes a prize drawing ticket. We've got some great prizes lined up and are working on more!

Tickets available at:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ciclismo-classico-bike-travel-film-festival-presented-by-bk-nemba-tickets-94453598255

Wheel on over to the 11th Annual Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival this Spring: it’s a celebration of travel and human-powered adventure on wheels, and it is the only event of its type in the world. Proceeds from the event benefit the Adventure Cycling Association, BK-NEMBA, and the Keene Bike Park.

ABOUT THE FILMS

For the first time, we’ll highlight two unique African journeys: one in West Africa and the other a mountain bike trek to Mt. Kilimanjaro, the roof of Africa! We’ll also showcase journeys closer to home, from a group ride to Alaska to the rolling Iowa summer party known as RAGBRAI. We’ll also be sharing the little-known story of the 25th Infantry Bicycle Corps, an African-American regiment of “Buffalo Soldiers” who rode from Montana to St. Louis in the summer of 1897. There is truly something for everyone at this year’s festival, and you don’t need to be a cyclist to enjoy these tales of adventure! Ciclismo Classico, the longtime pioneer in creative bicycle vacations, is proud to present this one-of-a-kind event.

The ONLY film festival in the USA that focuses specifically on bicycle travel!

We believe that adventure is for everyone: you don’t have to be a cyclist to enjoy these journeys featuring people young and old, in the USA and abroad!

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

The Festival’s mission is to inspire attendees to explore by bicycle. Whether across the globe or a few towns away, there’s nothing that recharges and expands horizons like bicycle travel. The Festival will increase awareness and appreciation for bicycle travel by showcasing independent films that depict the adventure, humor, and growth inherent in two-wheeled journeys. We seek films that portray a broad range of experiences – destinations ranging from small African villages to a campground 30 miles from home; solo travel or a family reunion on bicycles; an organized tour from inn to inn or a shoestring jaunt with tent and sleeping bag.

The Festival is a production of Ciclismo Classico, a community-minded Arlington company that has been a leader in active bicycle vacations since 1989. Ciclismo Classico C.E.B. (Chief Executive Biker) Lauren Hefferon says, “Since our start over 30 years ago, we’ve always been very involved with the local community. From our annual holiday ‘Jingle Ride’ to the Bike Travel Film Festival, we welcome the opportunity to promote active lifestyles and get people dreaming about their next adventure.” Through the proceeds from these events, Ciclismo Classico has donated thousands of dollars to a variety of bicycle and other local charities.

For more about The 11th Annual Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival, additional locations around New England and the USA and to view the festival’s homepage https://ciclismoclassico.com/community/events/film-festival/

FESTIVAL MISSION STATEMENT

The Festival’s mission is to inspire attendees to explore by bicycle. Whether across the globe or a few towns away, nothing recharges and expands horizons like bicycle travel. The Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival is the ONLY film festival in the USA that focuses specifically on bicycle travel. The Festival commits itself to sharing a diverse array of journeys: adventure is for everyone.

ABOUT CICLISMO CLASSICO

The Ciclismo Classico mission is to offer high-quality, educational, and dreamy itineraries that celebrate the diversity of native peoples and their landscapes. By combining legendary service and rare cultural experiences, the Ciclismo Classico philosophy continues to energize and transform each and every guest.

As a specialized "boutique" tour operator since 1988, Ciclismo Classico provides the most authentic, unique and exciting vacations in the adventure travel industry. Their well-crafted educational trips in Italy, France, Spain, Austria, and New England are active immersions into local art, language, music and delicious cuisine. www.ciclismoclassico.com

 

Location

Stonewall Farm 242 Chesterfield Road Keene, NH 03431

Chapter

Brattleboro-Keene

Event Leader

Mike Davern
bknemba@gmail.com

SNH NEMBA - FROSTY FATURDAY NOVICE RIDE - SKINNY EDITION

Event Date

2/1/20 9:00am to 11:00am

Join us this Saturday for an easy roll through Yudicky. It looks like fatbikes might even be optional with the recent snow melt!

Did you get a brand new fatty and might be a little nervous riding in the snow for the first time? Or maybe you feel like a good old fashioned Saturday Slowcial? Join us! I know this is kinda last minute, so I'll try to host a few more of these over the winter. Time and location may vary.

Info for this week's ride:

This week we will be riding Yudicky Park and we'll be meeting in the large parking lot just after the ball fields. Be on the lookout for a blue Ford Explorer suv as we'll meet there for a pre-ride discussion. A helmet is required (no exceptions). Feel free to email me if you have any questions.

Directions from NEMBA website:

Go to the intersection of Gregg Rd and Groton Rd (Main Dunstable Rd) in Nasuha NH

From the South, take Exit 5 West off of Route 3 in Nashua, turn left at the first set of lights and continue onto Main-Dunstable Road (111A). Follow the rest of directions below.

From the North, take Exit 5 West off of Route 3 in Nashua. Go straight at the light at the end of the ramp onto Main-Dunstable Road (111A). Drive about 4 miles, at the intersection of Gregg Rd and Groton Rd (Main Dunstable Rd) Turn right on to the paved road on the right of the ball field. Park in the large parking lot on the left just after the ball fields.

Time: 9am ET
Location: Yudick Park

Save time by signing NEMBA's Annual Waiver ahead of time.  Read more about SNH NEMBA - FROSTY FATURDAY NOVICE RIDE - SKINNY EDITION

Location

Yudicky Farm Conservation Area - Nashua, NH

Chapter

State

New Hampshire

Ride Level

Beginner
Novice

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Melody Miller/Chris Gaudet
(978) 807-9322

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