Western MA

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 large 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 more may be 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 as many times that distance 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 still 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. But Eventbrite is only an option. Many chapters just keep a record.
  • If you or your chapter would like to hold a group ride, either with or without Eventbrite, send an email to . That way you and your riders 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.

 

State by State Guidance 

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

  Read more about NEMBA COVID Guidance for Rides & Trail Care Sessions

Western MA

Northfield Mountain

99 Millers Falls Road
Northfield  Massachusetts  01360
United States

Easy

30%

Moderate

50%

Difficult

20%

Description

The Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center is a Pump Storage Power Facility.

One of the many outdoor recreational oportunities offered is mountain biking and in the winter fat biking.

The center does do some grooming in the winter, but it's sporadic. Updates on trail conditions are posted here.

Riding here is a lot of fun. The trails range from easy to quite challenging. In all there are over 25 miles of trails.

The trails are open to class-1 e-MTBs

A great description of Northfield Mountain is on this Trailforks page. Read more about Northfield Mountain

Local Shops

Bicycle World

Highland Hardware & Bike Shop

Northampton Bicycle

Links to Relevant Resources

Berkshire NEMBA Women's Ride Series

Event Date

10/31/20 10:30am

Come build your confidence and learn basic mountain bike skills in a fun, welcoming, setting! This group will be for women who are new to mountain biking, re-entering the sport after a long break, or just looking to boost their confidence on the trail. We will cover the basics of ride prep (including a little bike maintenance), confidence boosters, and some skills practice… but mostly we will just get comfortable riding!!

Tuesday, October 13 at 5:30
Pittsfield State Forest, Pittsfield, MA

Saturday, October 31 at 10:30
Greylock Glen, Adams, MA

We will be following social-distancing and other health/safety protocol to make sure we can keep enjoying this, please be sure to RSVP, fill out a waiver using the link, and bring a mask with you.

Ride waiver link: https://waiver.smartwaiver.com/e/eNB6nMUon2KZXtZeXtai96/ 

  Read more about Berkshire NEMBA Women's Ride Series

Chapter

State

Massachusetts

Ride Level

Beginner
Novice
Advanced-novice

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Alison McGee

Berkshire NEMBA TrailCare Day

Date

9/27/20 12:00pm

Join Berkshire NEMBA for a day of PSF trail care!

Our big project will be the construction of a brand new informational kiosk in the Lulu Brook Parking Area, however this will also be an opportunity to spend the day celebrating and caring for the entire trail network in PSF!

Socially distant groups can head out and ride with small tools or just gloves and help clear downed debris, address general maintenance, and explore the huge number of trails we have there.

Bring your own gloves and a face covering to be worn when you're close to others.

Please remember to sign the waiver, whether you’re a NEMBA member or not (link below).

This is a great time to chat with PSF Trail team leader Erik Forestell and Balance Rock Trail Team Leader Odin Adolphson (who will the be the project leader for the kiosk build).

This is also a great time to get to know the trials if you are unfamiliar with them!

Waiver Link: https://waiver.smartwaiver.com/w/5ba93e7bf24b5/kiosk/ Read more about Berkshire NEMBA TrailCare Day

Chapter

Berkshire

Trail

Event Leader

Alison McGee
aamcgee@gmail.com

Berkshire NEMBA Bridge Building @ Pittsfield SF

Date

5/18/19 9:00am

Bridge Building @ Pittsfield State Forest

Pittsfield State Forest Workday: Beaver Tail Boardwalk Building 

Saturday 5/18 from 9-12

Come join Trail Team Leader Erik Forestell for the first part of NEMBA’s Beavertail Boardwalk repair project.  This has been a long time in the naming and we’re excited to get this trail fixed up! 

The goal is to replace and build bridges to avoid the series of wet spots on Beaver Tail to make it more rideable and protect the natural area around it.

**Volunteers should park on Churchill Street (NOT inside PSF as usual) ...across from Camp Winadu, https://goo.gl/maps/zo9CU5rboao6Va2M9.  Please park along the road, not in the field, which is muddy.

Work will involve moving the building materials to the build sites, digging (in the mud), and constructing boardwalks (please bring cordless drills and batteries if you have them!!) Be prepared for working in the mud....lots of mud, but bring your bike for a ride afterward!

Remember NEMBA now has a once-a-year Waivers if you havent already done so sign them before the event and same.

If you haven’t already signed a DCF waiver you’ll need to do that there...

Late breaking details will be posted to this Facebook Page. Read more about Berkshire NEMBA Bridge Building @ Pittsfield SF

Chapter

Berkshire

Trail

Event Leader

Alison McGee
aamcgee@gmail.com

Berkshire NEMBA Kennedy Workday

Date

5/4/19 (All day)

Kennedy Park Trail Day & Ride

Join Kennedy Park Trail Team Leader Ruth Wheeler for a quick and dirty trail day followed by a ride... focus will be on addressing a wet spot on the Log Hop Trail and volunteer work will be rewarded with a ride :)

Tools provided, wear old boots.

We'll meet at Reservoir Road/Portuguese Pulloff (back entrance to Kennedy) in Lenox at 8;30.

We'll probably be done by 10:30.

You don't not have to be a member of NEMBA to take part.  You just have to want to make Kennedy Park's trails better.

You can save time by signing NEMBA's once-a-year RideTrail Care Waivers in advance. Read more about Berkshire NEMBA Kennedy Workday

Chapter

Berkshire

Trail

Event Leader

Ruth Wheeler
meanwheels@aol.com

Berkshire NEMBA Pittsfield SF Planning Session

Date

2/20/19 (All day)

PSF Planning (and Pizza)

2/20 at 6:00

Pittsfield State Forest Ski Lodge

Come join Berkshire NEMBA’s PSF Trail Team Leader Erik Forestell for the first planning session of the year—help form a trail team for Pittsfield State Forest, share ideas and thoughts for trail maintenance and other needs, and kick off the new NEMBA season right... open to members and nonmembers alike!

The purpose of the PSF trail team’s ongoing meetings is to communicate about the future needs and trail user requirements with DCR, plan and schedule future volunteer trail work days/events, and form a consistent base for maintenance and promotion of this amazing property.

We’ll meet in the PSF Ski Lodge (first left past the entrance) ...pizza and soda will be provided, feel free to bring other beverages as well.   Read more about Berkshire NEMBA Pittsfield SF Planning Session

Chapter

Berkshire

Trail

Event Leader

Alison McGee
aamcgee@gmail.com
518-727-3549

PV NEMBA Sawmill Ride

Event Date

2/22/20 (All day)

Pioneer Valley NEMBA Fat Bike February Ride Series

PV NEMBA will be hosting a series of February Fat Bike Rides at various Locations.

This ride will be part of the Pioneer Valley NEMBA Fat Bike February Ride Series. PV NEMBA will be raffling off some winter cycling related gear donated from some local bike shops.

Riders must attend 2 or more of the rides in the series to be entered into the raffle. Entries will be tallied by waiver sign ins.

Feb 22 or Feb 23 - Sawmill
Meeting @ Col Lavalley Lane, Northampton, MA
Time: 10 am
Contact: Adele Paquin - adele.paquin@gmail.com

Save time by signing NEMBA's Annual Waiver ahead of time.  Read more about PV NEMBA Sawmill Ride

Chapter

State

Massachusetts

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Adele Paquin

PV NEMBA DAR Ride

Date

2/8/20 (All day)

Pioneer Valley NEMBA Fat Bike February Ride Series

PV NEMBA will be hosting a series of February Fat Bike Rides at various Locations.

This ride will be part of the Pioneer Valley NEMBA Fat Bike February Ride Series. PV NEMBA will be raffling off some winter cycling related gear donated from some local bike shops.

   Riders must attend 2 or more of the rides in the series to be entered into the raffle. Entries will be tallied by waiver sign ins.

Feb 8 or Feb 9 - DAR
Meeting @ DAR parking lot, Goshen, MA
Time: 11am
Contact: Jeff Fowler - fowlerjeffrey@yahoo.com

   Save time by signing NEMBA's Annual Waiver ahead of time.  Read more about PV NEMBA DAR Ride

Chapter

Pioneer Valley

Event Leader

Jeff Fowler
fowlerjeffrey@yahoo.com

PV NEMBA Robinson SP Ride

Date

2/1/20 (All day)

Pioneer Valley NEMBA Fat Bike February Ride Series

PV NEMBA will be hosting a series of February Fat Bike Rides at various Locations.

This ride will be part of the Pioneer Valley NEMBA Fat Bike February Ride Series. PV NEMBA will be raffling off some winter cycling related gear donated from some local bike shops.

   Riders must attend 2 or more of the rides in the series to be entered into the raffle. Entries will be tallied by waiver sign ins.

Feb 1 or 2/2 - Robinson State Park
Meeting @ Robinson Park Elementary School, Begley St., Agawam, MA.
Time: 10am
Contact: Jonathan Mauterer - jonathanmauterer@gmail.com

  Read more about PV NEMBA Robinson SP Ride

Chapter

Pioneer Valley

Trail

Event Leader

Jonathan Mauterer
jonathanmauterer@gmail.com

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