Minutes from RI NEMBA meeting held on April 11, 2017

April 2017
Minutes from RI NEMBA meeting held on April 11, 2017, 7 PM at Doherty’s. 16 members in attendance.

Membership Total: 217 active members.

  • Around the Room: President Matt began and everyone introduced and said something about themselves.
  • Snake Den Bridge Project Review: With the help of the New England High School Cycling Association (“NEHSCA”) kids and their parents, RI NEMBA constructed 108 feet of bridges in Snake Den State Park. These bridges will help keep the trails usable as the Snake Den location is one of the race venues for the NEHSCA. Pete G. reported that Nick created a great video of the project and encouraged everyone to watch it.
  • Lincoln Woods Trail Issues: President Matt reported that there has been some sabotage on the trails in Lincoln Wood. Brendon Dee, along with the Park Management, is addressing the issue and will take care of it.
  • Women’s Summit: RI NEMBA is sponsoring four women to attend the first NEMBA Women’s MTB Summit. It will be held August 11-13, 2017 at Kingdom Trails, in East Burke, Vermont. The women will report back to the chapter and share what they learned at the Summit.
  • Meeting Street Bike Club: The Meeting Street Bike Club began on Monday, April 10th at the Coventry Bike Path. In anticipation, Alan W. held a bike repair day to tune up the 25 bikes that the Meeting Street kids ride. The next ride will be held on April 24th again at the Coventry Bike Path – Hill Farm Road start. Alan W. reported that he has many volunteers for this event, but could always use more. Background checks are needed for all volunteers for this project. Updates for the future rides will be posted on Facebook. Alan W. reported that the video created from last year’s Meeting Street Bike Club event was played at the Annual Meeting Street Bike Telethon and received huge praises. He suggested that that we wait this year and present our 2017 donation to Meeting Street School at their annual Telethon.
  • Big River Clean-Up: We will once again work in conjunction with the West Greenwich Water Conservation Board for the 2017 Big River Clean-Up Project to be held on April 22, 2017. We will be meeting at the Exit 6A Park and Ride at 8:30 a.m. Pete G. is looking for leaders to be in charge of road side crews. The leaders will be responsible for communicating with those at the dumpster site and verifying how much room is left in the dumpsters. James H. displayed a home-made hook he fashioned for picking up trash in thick brush. He offered to put some together for our members to use at the Clean-Up and explained they cost approximately $6.00 to make. Craig M. suggested getting the NEHSCA kids involved in the Clean-Up. Big thanks go out to Bruce McGowan who single-handedly cleaned up a good portion of Hopkins Hill Road in advance of the Clean-Up.
  • Westerly Land Trust (Wahaneeta Preserve) / Westerly Municipal Land Trust (Lucey Properties): President Matt reported that he has been in contact with the land owners and will need permits from three different property owners for any event. He would like to get out there to ride and mark some trails.
  • Arcadia – Shimano Bridge Project: Shimano is taking the lead in organizing this project and has acquired the necessary permits. Jim G. from Shimano will be preparing a material list which is not expected to be more than $500. May 15th and May 22nd are proposed dates. Again, it was suggested that we involve the NEHSCA kids. Final details will follow.
  • Arcadia Fun Ride: The Arcadia Fun Ride will be held Sunday, May 7, 2017, again starting at Browning Mill Pond. Jason Behringer has mapped out three great loops for the ride. President Matt will be coordinating and volunteers are needed for this event.
  • Tool / Supply Inventory List: Alan W. is still compiling an inventory of all RI NEMBA tools, supplies and equipment. Please inform Alan W. if you have any supplies so the list will be complete.
  • Riding Area write ups and mapping for website: President Matt reported that he has received some of the Riding Area updates, but is still waiting for a few.
  • Single Tracks Author for upcoming issues: Authors are still needed for the Single Tracks Article due August 5th. Chris H. suggested submitting a separate article about the Meeting Street Bike Club to Single Tracks. President Matt reported that he has done this but, as of yet, it has not been published in the magazine.
  • Intro to Trail Riding Clinic: James H. reported that the Intro to Trail Riding Clinic will begin in June after the Meeting Street School Bike Club has concluded. Details will be forthcoming. Chris H. suggested sending Bike Newport the dates of the clinic when they are confirmed.
  • Treasurer’s Report: Bart A. provided the Board with the monthly Treasurer’s Report.
  • Area Riding Reports: Members are continuing to do a great job of cleaning up the trails. It was reported that Big River is a little spongy and there is a bridge that needs to be replaced. Diamond Hill is also described as being a bit soggy.

New Business:

  • Leo C. suggested having pre-trail building meetings with members that have attended trail building school and create “Trail Bosses” for the actual build.
  • Pete G. suggested sponsoring a few members to go to Trail Building School.
  • Alan W. suggested that the Treasurer’s Report be reported at the beginning of the meeting so we know how much money we have for any anticipated expense issues that come up during the meeting.
  • Amanda R., one of the women attending the NEMBA MT Summit, informed us of a Women’s Cycling Group - Women Bike RI. “Women Bike RI is a group of fearless females on bikes working to increase Rhode Island's women/trans/femme ridership and empower women through cycling by instilling confidence, developing skills, creating camaraderie, and spreading the joy of cycling.” They meet bi-monthly and Amanda will let us know when the next meeting is.

Next month’s meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 7:00 pm at Doherty’s.
President Matt thanked everyone for their attendance and participation, and the meeting adjourned at 8:50 pm.