September Chapter Meeting

August 25th, 2014

Our next chapter meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 2nd at Doherty’s Ale House in Warwick. 7:00pm. We love to see new faces at each meeting so please join us!

August Meeting Minutes

August 10th, 2014

Minutes of the RI NEMBA meeting held Tuesday, Aug. 5 7:00 PM at Doherty’s. Attendance 6. Riding area reports – Big River, Arcadia, Lincoln Woods all in great shape, summertime dry conditions, a bit dusty on the trails. NEMBA is looking for volunteers to help with a trail building project – Carrabassett (Maine) Trailfest, Aug. 22-24. Food and camping will be provided, there will be rides each day after trail work has been completed. Arcadia fun ride is scheduled for Sunday, September 14th. We need volunteers to help with arrowing, registration table. President Sumner is hoping to hold a trail prep day in Arcadia prior to the fun ride, details TBD. Mark Patinkin of the Providence Journal may be interested in meeting or riding with us in the near future to write about NEMBA and mountain biking in RI. Our IT team advised that the Facebook member forum and event pages are up and running smoothly. They are ready to set up a new website that would be tied in to, just waiting for NEMBA corporate to allow the team to begin construction. A new 0.7 mi. section of new trail has been flagged in Burlingame, just north of Wachaug Pond. This would be a by-pass of water bars on the Yellow Dot trail. All approvals have been given by DEM. A trail-building date is TBD. The Diamond Hill pump track has been completed. RI NEMBA supplied funding for this project, we look forward to seeing this new resource being utilized soon. The Lincoln Woods fun ride is scheduled for Sunday November 2, with a weather date of November 9. There was some discussion about a possible Fat Bike event sometime this winter at George Washington and/or Pulaski Park in northern RI. The meeting was adjourned at 8:20 PM.

August RI NEMBA Meeting

August 4th, 2014

Tuesday, August 5th, 7:00pm at Doherty’s Ale House on Jefferson Blvd. in Warwick. As always, anyone is welcome to attend our monthly meeting. If you would like to be added to the meeting agenda contact me at See you there!!!!
P.S. Doherty’s has 120 Beers on draft, great food and a nice secluded meeting room that is indeed booked for us

June Meeting

June 3rd, 2014

June RI NEMBA Chapter Meeting:

Tuesday, June 3rd, 7:00pm at Doherty’s Ale House on Jefferson Blvd. in Warwick. As always, anyone is welcome to attend our monthly meeting so please join us in planning this years events and get involved! If you would like to be added to the meeting agenda contact me at See you there!!!!
P.S. Doherty’s has 120 Beers on draft, great food and a nice secluded meeting room that is indeed booked for us!

May Meeting Minutes

May 10th, 2014

RI NEMBA meeting minutes

Meeting held on 5/06/14, 7:00 PM at Doherty’s Ale House, Warwick. Attendance 14. Trail reports – Big River wet in places. Suggest staying away from the trail (flipper extension, near the water tower) that is being blocked with debris by someone. The issue is that part of the trail is on private land. Arcadia – most trails good, stay away from John B. Hudson trail as this is designated as hikers only. Yellow dot east of breakheart is wet. No reports for Lincoln Woods or Burlingame, Weetamoe still wet. Big River Fun Ride being held on May 18th, no rain date. Cost $5 for members, $10 for non-members, if someone Joins NEMBA that day then the ride is free. The official DEM permit not yet issued but should be soon. Suggested that we set up a poster/white board listing the benefits of NEMBA membership at the fun ride. Paco’s Tacos food truck will be at the fun ride. Big River cleanup was a huge success. 5 dumpsters were filled including 2 full of tires. 3 boats were hauled out of the woods. About 100 volunteers attended, 20 or so of those were NEMBA members. There is a video of the cleanup on President Sumner provided highlights, topics, key points and takeaways he got from attending the trail advocacy summit that was held the weekend of April 6th. A rundown is as follows…

- Connectivity between trail systems is trending nationally.
- Over the past 40 years mountain bikers have grown from being the stranger, to a stakeholder, to a partner.
- How do we replace ourselves as mountain bike advocates?
- Kids of todays generation suffer from NDD (Nature Deficit Disorder).
- Bring people in the group and along with the group, be aware of new comers.
- Cultivate and train new leaders.
- When passing on the trail, slow to their speed whether it be hikers, equestrians or other cyclists.
- STEPPS Theory (Social Currency, Triggers, Emotion, Public, Practical alue, Stories).
- Working with land managers.
- Running an effective group.
- Build relationships between chapters to increase volunteer pool.
- Get kids involved as mountain bike advocates
- High school mountain bike teams and racing programs.

NEMBA trail builders school May 17th-18th – 4 members from our chapter will attend. Some new business discussed – May 31 is our next beginner ride. The board supports encouraging newbies and also those who used to ride but want to come back to attend the beginner ride. So long as there are at least 4 ride facilitators then we can accommodate both groups of riders. The chapter will look into creating a RI NEMBA events only Facebook page so anyone could check on our activities very easily. RI NEMBA also has a twitter account, looking into making use of it. There was a suggestion that we start up the trail ambassador program again. The chapter will support Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day, date and time TBD but usually it happens on the first Saturday in October. The website is slowly being transitioned to a spot under the website. The RI NEMBA chapter is putting together it’s very own IT/Web communications team who will include Alex Taylor, Peter Hanney and Matt Mlyniec. DEM might be showing some interest in having signage installed at Big River, suggested that our chapter advocate for this by continuing to interact with state officials, perhaps a sub committee should be formed for this initiative. Diamond Hill Fun Ride is on 6/8/14. Mike LeBlanc will be the fun ride coordinator. Next meeting will be held on June 3rd, 7:00 PM at Doherty’s. Adjourned at 8:45 PM.