New England Mountain Bike Patrol
With generous support from JRA Cycles...
1245 Patrolling Hours Logged in 2010!
The Patrol is a great way to ride while giving something back!
• Do you like to ride?
• Did you ever want to do more to help keep the trails open?
• Are you interested in helping people?
If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, then you should consider becoming a New England Mountain Bike Patroller.
On the serious side, Patrollers are assigned to specific parks and ride in pairs or alone concentrating on areas that need attention. At least one member of each team carries a cellular telephone or radio for reporting emergencies, and should an unfortunate accident occur, Patrollers are trained as first responders to stabilize the situation until medical or emergency help arrives.
Being a Patroller requires a level of commitment where members must want to participate and devote time to become First Aid / CPR certified. In a nutshell, we ask all Patrollers to patrol a minimum of six hours per month and to attend most of the major events we support.
New Patrollers complete a one-day Patroller Orientation program, receive CPR training and starting this year they will receive Wilderness First Aid training over a two-day period. The Orientation course covers the role and responsibilities of the Patrol, trail safety, basic bike repairs, trail procedures, park policies, and communications skills, while certification in Wilderness First Aid and CPR certifies Patroller to offer first responder assistance. Also, each new Patroller is assigned a mentor, where the mentor uses a training checklist and shows the new Patroller the ropes as we say. Riding skill isn’t as important as the desire to participate and contribute. The Patrol has very experienced riders as well as some new to the sport.
The cost to join the Patrol is $25 which covers the Patrol Jersey and the First Aid / CPR Clinic. Patrol candidates are also required to join NEMBA.
The New England Mountain Bike Patrol is an all-volunteer program of the New England Mountain Bike Association. Simply speaking, the mission of the Mountain Bike Patrol is to create a highly visible presence helping NEMBA advocate good use of trails. More formally, the Patrol’s mission is to educate, inform and assist all trail users.
Each Patroller is trained by American Red Cross personnel in First Aid and CPR. In addition, each Patroller is trained on basic bike repairs such as changing flats, fixing broken chains, etc. When Patrolling, each Patroller wears the distinctive Patrol Jersey and carries park trail maps, basic tools, repair items, and First Aid kits, and offers assistance to amy park user in need of help. Additionally, Patrollers monitor trail conditions and report any unsafe conditions to the local land manager. Realistically speaking, the Patrol is the land manager’s second set of eyes.
The Patrol operates in the Greater Boston geographic region where they promote responsible riding and offer assistance to all park users irrespective if they ride bikes or horses, or are on foot. Currently, the Patrol operates in Borderland State Park, Great Brook Farm State Park, Harold Parker State Forest, Lynn Woods, the Middlesex Fells Reservation, and Bradley Palmer / Willowdale, and as our membership grows, we plan to expand further. We have Russell Mills in Chelmsford and a few others in our sites. In addition, the Patrol supports the various Mountain Bike Adventure Series events throughout New England, NEMBAFest and a few non-NEMBA events such as 10K road races and the annual Landmine Classic Mountain Bike Race.