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 rinemba.org. 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 rinemba.org website is slowly being transitioned to a spot under the nemba.org 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.