Monday, March 17, 2008

Trail Ambassador Training 3/22 and 4/20

CT NEMBA is offering a Trail Ambassador Orientation course which will qualify you as a Trail Ambassador. Here is what you need to know about CT NEMBA Trail Ambassadors:

The Trail Ambassador Program is administered by CT NEMBA whereby trained volunteers on mountain bikes would ride on trails through out Connecticut for the purpose of educating, informing, and assisting other trail users. CT NEMBA trains each volunteer in trail etiquette, public relations, basic bicycle repair, and in emergency response (not first aid). Program participants must commit to a minimum of six hours per month, May - September.

Although it is not required, Ambassadors are encouraged to patrol in the "off-season". Volunteers also serve as liaisons between trail users and Land Managers. They provide feedback to land managers about trail conditions, trail maintenance needs, and unauthorized activity.

The goal of the Trail Ambassador program is to provide an advocate presence on the trail systems open to mountain biking across Connecticut by serving as overall trail guides. The spirit of the Trail Ambassador Program aims to educate, inform, and guide mountain bikers out on the trail. Ambassadors assist other by directing those that may be lost, performing minor bike repairs for trail riders, suggesting points of interest, doing minor trail maintenance such as removing trash or debris from the trails, going for help in an emergency, and educating fellow mountain bikers on how to ride sensitively and responsibly.

Ambassadors are issued uniform cycling jerseys, folding saws, bike mulit-tools, and other relevant gear at the end of the training session. Current Trail Ambassadors are not required to attend the annual training, but are encouraged to participate by assisting in the training and orientation of new volunteers. It's a great experience to have newly trained volunteers get to know and interact with the seasoned Trail Ambassadors.
The orientation will be held at Brooksvale Park in Hamden, CT at the Veteran's Memorial Building.Saturday, March 22 10am to 1pmorSunday, April 20 10am to 1pmFor more inforrmation, please contact Eric Mayhew at New England Mountain Biking AssociationConnecticut Chapter

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