The BMA cares about our members and the communities we live and ride in. Given the times are in, we can serve those communities together by staying apart... for the time being. Stay positive! There is an end to the current conditions we are living under where the sweet sights, smells and sounds of the road or trail will once again fill our senses.
BMA Events for May and June 2020 have been cancelled
Based on the Ontario Provincial Gov't order regarding group gatherings, the BMA board of directors is hereby cancelling all events scheduled for May 2020.
The “Ride for Dad” charity organization has cancelled its main event scheduled for June in Ottawa. Honoring their directive, the BMA is also cancelling the Trail and Dual-Sport “Ride for Dad” BMA events that were scheduled for June.
Due to this fluid situation, future events will be reassessed on a rolling basis. The BMA commits to making timely decisions that are safe and responsible for everyone.
The Board will continue meeting regularly through May and June (virtually of course). The Board will advise all members on the plans for any future events in a timely manner, and in accordance with public health and land management directives.
Expect this same cadence of updates going forward as none of us are sure what the future holds regarding organized events. As for the balance of 2020, we encourage everyone to remain optimistic.
Can I ride?
Can I ride? Are the trails open? We get these questions daily. We'll answer as best we can. Check the BMA website or our Social Media channels for the most current updates.
Outside of Covid-19 directives, we are still in the midst of a Spring thaw. Managed forests are closed (see below) and any trail not still covered in snow (which many are) will be susceptible to damage before the thaw is behind us and the ground can absorb all the run off.
As it relates to riding on ORV trails we have in Eastern Ontario during the pandemic, follow the advice of your provincial and regional health and/or land management authorities.
The Province of Ontario has been very clear on how to “help stop the spread” of Covid-19 and have also officially closed all Provincial Parks. Here are the short-strokes on Covid-19 advice from the Province of Ontario website:
COVID-19 can be deadly. You can take actions to help stop the spread:
- Stay home - save lives and don’t put others at risk.
- Practise physical distancing - stay 2 metres away from others in public.
- Wash your hands with soap and water thoroughly and often.
- Learn about face coverings - how to use, clean and dispose.
- Get the facts about COVID-19 - basics, symptoms and treatment.
Thank you for your understanding.
BMA Board of Directors