Southern VT

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. 

BK NEMBA Summer News

Thursday, September 4, 2014

As of mid-summer the weekly chapter rides in both Keene and Brattleboro continue to be very well attended by both long-time members and people coming out for their first ride with us.  We’ve been doing rides local in each town, as well as venturing out to areas afar.  Keene rides Tuesday nights, and Brattleboro rides Thursday nights – both at 6PM.  Rides will continue into the fall.  As sunset starts coming earlier we might push the start times sooner, and lights will begin to be a good thing to have.

The kiosks are up at Drummer Hill!  And they have maps on them!  We had a fantastic turnout for the installation work night – enough people so we could all take a turn at standing around.  We have put one kiosk in at the trail head at Drummer Rd and Green Acres, and another at the mid-gate on Timberlane Dr where Old Gilsum Rd starts.  There is one more to install at the cul-de-sac at the end of Meetinghouse Rd.  We just need to work out property lines so we make sure to get it on city land.  Each kiosk has a map of the Drummer Hill/Goose Pond trail network, a chalk board for leaving messages, and there are push pins for leaving notes.  We still need to put small roofs on each to keep things out of the elements.  We’ll also post announcements regarding Drummer Hill trails at the kiosks. 

Speaking of Drummer Hill trail announcements…  the logging project that wiped out the Exits trails is mostly done, but another project has begun that has led to the closure of the Bitten and Threader trails.  We’ve posted a map on the kiosks showing the logging extents and trails impacted.  Please respect the trails closures.  This logging is happening on private property.  The logger is pro-bikers and has spoken favorably to the landowners about us.  Remember that the loggers are doing their job, on private property.  Be courteous, and stay out of the way of the heavy equipment when it is going in and out on Old Gilsum Rd.  And please stay out of the areas closed for logging.   If we don’t play nice, this could end badly for us.

The beginner (or easier) loop at Stonewall Farm is mostly complete.  One bridge was put in late June, and we have one more short bridge to install.  There is a little touch up work that we hope to get to at some point.  The trail has been marked, and the map updated such that riders can keep the trail junctions straight and find their way.  Stonewall Farm continues to be very supportive of our efforts.  We will be reworking a small section of trail directly behind the Learning Center.  This trail will be used for part of the kids race course at the Bike for Bovines races, and will also serve as a short single track connector when the farm has the lower field behind the center closed due to grazing animals.  Watch for fall work days to knock this out.

Watch for some organized kids/family rides this summer and fall.  Elm City Velo, a local cycling club, just wrapped up a very successful 6 week session of mountain biking instruction and race training.  They met twice a week at Stonewall Farm for their practice sessions.  I had the privilege of helping out one night per week and again race day.  The kids did amazing.  We are currently in talks to figure out how to successfully expand this.  We hadn’t worked out the details when this went to press, but expect some sort of collaboration between BK-NEMBA and Elm City Velo that will allow us to make this available to more kids, for more of the season.  We’ll also be looking for adults to help out with this.  This is very exciting for the future of mountain biking in the Keene-Brattleboro area - more to follow.

We decided to take the summer off for chapter meetings.  Scheduling conflicts complicated things, and we all wanted to get out and ride bikes.  Our next meeting will be 6PM on September 16th at Stonewall Farm. 

We might be joined by the Conservation Easement Steward from Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests that is responsible for the City’s Drummer Hill/Goose Pond property.  We’ll also try to get some representatives from the city to attend as well (Parks and Rec, Conservation Commission – nothing is finalized yet), and possibly someone from the Monadnock Conservancy.  Peter Poanessa and I met with the Steward and walked some of the trails at Drummer Hill.  The Steward is a mountain biker, and appreciates the work that has been done in Drummer.  He views us bikers as an asset.  But the easement does have certain stipulations that we need to work within, and he has some concerns.  Trail density and man-made structures are the biggest things he was concerned with.  This is a great opportunity for the mountain biking community to show that we are responsible stewards of the land, that we respect the wishes of the property owners (the City), and that we are willing to sit down with them and get educated about what we can and can’t be doing.  It would be great if we got a large turnout for this from a cross section of the mountain biking community that uses Drummer, NEMBA member or not.  Watch for more information as we get closer to the meeting date.

--Michael Davern

BK NEMBA Thursday Evening Ride

Date

Repeats every week every Thursday until Fri Oct 29 2021 .
5/20/21 6:00pm to 9:00pm

BK NEMBA Thursday Evening Vermont Ride

Ride locations will rotate through various trail systems in and around Brattleboro VT.

Be sure to sign NEMBA's Annual Waiver.  But only once.

Contact me, Shawn Severence, Shawn17severance@yahoo.com for the location and time of tihs week's ride.

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Location

Brattleboro VT

Chapter

Brattleboro-Keene

Event Leader

Shawn Severance
Shawn17severance@yahoo.com

BK-NEMBA Chapter Meeting - May

Date

5/3/21 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Lets get the party started!
 
Warm weather is back, so lets hold our first chapter meeting of the year outside and in person.
 
We'll meet Monday, May 3rd at 6PM in Wheelock Park, over by the Keene Bike Park.
 
Rain date is Tuesday, but right now the long range forecast looks great. 
 
Bring a lawn chair, and a mask if want to socialize.  Bring a bike too.
 
I'll send out agenda later this week.
 
The plan is to hold a meeting in June as well, but over in Brattleboro.

Location

Wheelock Park

Chapter

Brattleboro-Keene

Trail

Event Leader

Mike Davern
mdavern@nemba.org

BK NEMBA Tuesday Evening Rides

Event Date

Repeats every week every Tuesday until Tue Sep 07 2021 .
5/11/21 6:00pm

Brattleboro Keene NEMBA Tuesday evening rides are back.

Contact Mike Davern, for location and starting times.

Be sure to sign NEMBA's 2021 Liability Waiver before you ride, but only just once.

These rides are intended to be fun no-drop ries that will show off the best riding in the area.

Pace is social, we will regroup at top/bottom of trails. Terrain is intermediate to advanced.  It is hilly.

We’ll split the group up as needed.

Parking can be tight, don’t block neighbors.

Bring a mask for before/after ride.  I’ll have a sign in sheet.

Let's Ride!

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Chapter

State

New Hampshire

Ride Level

All Levels

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Mike Davern

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
c - 610.761.3603

Event Leader

Jeff Alexander
partners@vermontadaptive.org

Southern VT

Fairgrounds Trails, Poultney

170 Town Farm Rd
Poultny  Vermont  05764
United States

Easy

25%

Moderate

60%

Difficult

15%

Description

The Fairground Trails are located on private property just off Route 140 in Poultney VT.  They are maintained by Slate Valley Trails and the best description of them is on this webpage below the description for Endless Brook.

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Local Shops

MeesCo Cycles

365 Cycles

Links to Relevant Resources

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Endless Brook Trails, Poultney

975 Endless Brook Rd
Poultney  Vermont  05764
United States

Easy

15%

Moderate

60%

Difficult

25%

Description

The Endless Brook Trail Sysem is expanding. Currently there are about 8 miles of trail designed with mountain bikes in mind. 

Endless Brook is located on private property with the permission of the landowner.

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Local Shops

MeesCo Cycles

365 Cycles

Links to Relevant Resources

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Grafton Trails & Outdoor Center

738 Townshend Rd
Grafton  Vermont  05146
United States

Easy

35%

Moderate

45%

Difficult

20%

Description

The Grafton Trails & Outdoor Center is best know in the summer for its mountain bike trails.

They have about 15 miles of trails, some of which are machine built flow trails. In the winter they offer Fat Biking as well as x-country skiing.

The Center rents bikes and has a day use fee.

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Local Shops

Norm's Ski & Bike Shop

West Hill Shop

MeesCo Cycles

365 Cycles

Links to Relevant Resources

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Ascutney, Brownsville

500
Ski Tow Road
Brownsville  Vermont  05037
United States

Easy

20%

Moderate

40%

Difficult

40%

Description

Ascutney has become a very popular mountain bike destination. There are over 30 miles of mapped and signed mountain bike trails ranging from smooth doubletracks to flowey singletracks to lung busting climbs.

Expect to do a lot of climbing here. Also expect to do a lot of great descending.

Check the Ascutney OutdoorsTrails page for more information, including the location of places to purchase maps.

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