Tuesday, July 27, 2021
NEMBA Adds Two New Chapters: Belfast Area Maine & Martha’s Vineyard
On July 27, 2021 the NEMBA Board of Directors voted unanimously to approve two new chapters, Belfast Area Maine and Martha’s Vineyard. These new additions bring our total to 31 chapters throughout New England. We are excited to onboard these new chapters and strengthen & grow their local efforts. A community meeting will be held in both areas to announce the new chapter and build local support.
New and existing members can now select Belfast Area or Martha’s Vineyard as their primary chapter, or as an add-on chapter. We look forward to working with the leadership of these new chapters to grow our regional efforts while directly improving local efforts as well.
From Louis Hall of Martha’s Vineyard:
Our hopes are to build a more positive community presence on Martha’s Vineyard by developing stronger relationships with land management organizations, spearheading collaborative community trail building and maintenance projects, supporting young riders, developing a trail advocacy committee that could help steer the Islands trail network and lastly developing connections with NEMBA chapters off island. One of the most exciting parts of this project is the idea of leaving the island's limited trail system and adventure together to ride with other chapters.
From Chris Gardner of Belfast Area Maine:
Belfast Area NEMBA will exist to build the joy of being outdoors, mountain biking, public service and community mutual respect. We believe in building lasting partnerships, inclusivity, and providing education and access to trails. We cooperate with municipal, private and non-profit land owners in developing trails and shared use spaces for mountain biking. We have an M.O.U. with the city of Belfast to build trails on a 20 acre parcel. We are also working with Coastal Mountain Land Trust to try and gain permission from neighbors to connect CMLT properties from this city-owned land. We’ve had our first trail work day, with more planned for the future. We also plan on hosting rides, clinics, and collaborating with local schools to develop youth groups.