Welcome to the Fayette Ridge Riders Snowmobile Association
The Fayette Ridge Riders Snowmobile Association (formerly the Rainbow Riders) was established in 1974. Its members have been working since then to maintain 24 miles of trails, including the ITS 115 trail as well as local snowmobile trails within the town of Fayette, Maine. This includes acquiring landowner permission, clearing trails in fall, maintaining bridges, posting signs, as well as grooming the trails once snow season arrives. None of this could be accomplished without the help of dedicated volunteers!
In addition to trail maintenance, the Fayette Ridge Riders work to raise additional funds in order to be able to help others. Be sure to stop at our annual Tag Sale in July to support our effort! The Ridge Riders donated a rescue sleigh to the Fayette Fire Department, and also makes annual donations to the Fayette Fire Department and the Pine Tree Camp, a summer camp experience for children and adults with disabilities. Once again, volunteers are the key!
The Fayette Ridge Riders are dependent on the involvement of its members. New faces and new ideas are always welcome. Members don’t even have to be snowmobilers!
Meetings are held at the Fayette Fire Station on the second Saturday of the month at 8:30AM from September through April. All are welcome….hope to see you there! We serve hot, fresh coffee!
• There 24 miles of snowmobile trails in Fayette. • Many landowners graciously give permission to the Fayette Ridge Riders for trails to pass through their property. • These trails need to be maintained in the fall (clearing fallen trees, maintaining bridges, posting signs, etc.) • During snow season, the trails need to be groomed. • Trail maintenance is done by VOLUNTEERS who are members of the Fayette Ridge Riders. • The Fayette Ridge Riders (formally the Rainbow Riders) has been an organization for snowmobilers since the 1950’s. • Currently, there are only a handful of active members to keep the trails open, many of them are getting too old to keep up with all the work required.
• WITHOUT ADDITIONAL HELP, THE FAYETTE RIDGE RIDERS MAY BE FORCED TO DISBAND THIS FALL!
• WITHOUT THE ASSOCIATION, PERMISSION FROM LANDOWNERS FOR TRAILS BECOMES INVALID, SO… THERE WILL BE NO TRAILS IN FAYETTE! WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!
• Join the Fayette Ridge Riders…it’s only $10 per family! • Volunteer to help with the trails, 4 hours or 40…any help lessens the load for others – you don’t even have to be a snowmobiler! • Fresh faces and fresh ideas are welcome….
You can find more information and applications for membership on Fayette’s web page (under the Welcome heading), or contact Mark Burhoe (FRR president) 207-320-0284 Alan Tubman (FRR secretary) 207-685-9526
Section 13106A operation of snowmobiles sub section 5.
(5.) Operating snowmobile on public way. Except as provided in subsection 4 and this subsection, a person may not operate a snowmobile upon the main traveled portion, the sidewalks or the plowed snow banks of a public way. (A.) A properly registered snowmobile may be operated on a public way only the distance necessary, but in no case to exceed 300 yards, on the extreme right of the traveled way for the purpose of crossing, as directly as possible, a public way, sidewalk or culvert. (B). A properly registered snowmobile may be operated on a public way only the distance necessary, but in no case to exceed 500 yards, on the extreme right of the traveled way for the sole purpose of crossing, as directly as possible, a bridge, overpass or underpass, provided that that operation can be made in safety and that it does not interfere with vehicular traffic approaching from either direction on the public way. (C). A snowmobile may be operated on any portion of a public way when the public way has been closed in accordance with Title 23, section 2953. (D). If the main traveled portion of a public way is publicly plowed and utilized by conventional motor vehicles, a snowmobile may be operated only on that portion of the way not maintained or utilized for the operation of conventional motor vehicles, except that operation on the left side of the way is prohibited during the hours from sunset to sunrise on the portion of the way not maintained or utilized for the operation of conventional motor vehicles. This paragraph does not apply to a snowmobile operated by a public utility regulated by the Public Utilities Commission while being operated in the course of the utility's corporate function, so that public utilities may effectively and speedily carry out their obligations to the public. (E). A snowmobile may be operated on streets and public ways during a period of emergency when the emergency has been so declared by a police agency having jurisdiction and when travel by conventional motor vehicles is not practicable. This paragraph does not apply to a snowmobile operated by a public utility regulated by the Public Utilities Commission while being operated in the course of the utility's corporate function, so that public utilities may effectively and speedily carry out their obligations to the public. (F). A snowmobile may be operated on streets and public ways in special snowmobile events of limited duration conducted according to a prearranged schedule and under a permit from the governmental unit having jurisdiction. (G). Notwithstanding paragraphs A to F, a snowmobile may be operated on the extreme right of a public way within the built-up portion of a municipality or unorganized or unincorporated township if the appropriate governmental unit has designated the public way as a snowmobile-access route for the purpose of allowing snowmobiles access to places of business. A public way designated by an appropriate governmental unit as a snowmobile-access route must be posted conspicuously at regular intervals by that governmental unit with highly visible signs designating the snowmobile-access route. Before designating a public way as a snowmobile-access route, the appropriate governmental unit shall make appropriate determinations that snowmobile travel on the extreme right of the public way may be conducted safely and will not interfere with vehicular traffic on the public way. For purposes of this paragraph, "appropriate governmental unit" means the Department of Transportation, county commissioners or municipal officers within their respective jurisdictions. The jurisdiction of each appropriate governmental unit over public ways pursuant to this paragraph is the same as its jurisdiction over the passage of vehicles on public ways pursuant to Title 29-A, section 2395. Municipal or county law enforcement officials having jurisdiction have primary enforcement authority over any route established under this paragraph.