New cycle track opens in Blackburn

A CYCLE track for BMX and mountain bikes has been built in the grounds of Blackburn’s Witton Country Park – and is now open to the public.

People of all ages and abilities have been flocking to the new attraction to give it a try.

The 50 metre looped route, known as a pump track, consists of a series of rollers and “berms” that can be ridden without pedalling.

It works by riders propelling themselves, shifting their body weight and bike over the track’s contours.

The track, which can also be ridden by children on balance bikes through to mountain bikes, aims to widen cycling opportunities in the borough for all abilities, ages and experience levels, although children must be supervised by an adult.

The track, a partnership between Blackburn with Darwen Council and Padiham’s Landscape Engineering Ltd, is free to use allowing riders to improve their technique and balance.

It has been made possible thanks to funding from the Council’s Local Transport Plan and is being promoted through the BwD Connect scheme which works to increase sustainable and active travel in the borough.

Councillor Phil Riley, Executive Member for Regeneration, said:  “It’s great to see people using the new facility which is testament to our continued commitment to improving our local cycle network.

“The pump track and improvement to the mountain bike trails at Billinge Woods is part of the Council’s wide ranging support for more active travel and lifestyles complimenting the skatepark in Darwen and the planned Weavers Wheel cycle network.”

Tember Walsh, from Witton Park’s Cycle Centre, said: “We are really excited to have this new facility right on our doorstep. It’s great for riders to learn and enjoy the tricks of riding. Sessions will soon be made available to the public to teach them the basic techniques to enjoy riding this great facility.”

Nick Riley, of Landscape Engineering Ltd, the local landscape construction company developing the track, said: “We are keen riders and are keen to see young riders coming through. Getting kids outdoors using facilities is what we are about, that’s why we enjoy building the pump tracks.

“The council is keen to provide a full range of facilities around the town, focusing on Witton Park and its Cycle Centre, an excellent facility to get people riding and more importantly to get fit.”

For more information either visit Twitter: @LandEngLtd or visit: www.bwdconnect.org.uk

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