We Design various styles of bike trails and pump tracks.
We use the natural landscape to reduce the environmental footprint.
As cyclists enter the Park, they will have access to a large kiosk that provides important educational information about the Park design. Most importantly, the kiosk will define “progression,” which is the central design theme for the park and rate the features in the park based on skill and difficulty level. This will allow park users of all ages and skill levels to recreate safely. Progressive parks provide park users with a range of opportunities based on their skill level from easier to more challenging. In regular parks, users may attempt challenges that are unknowingly too nard because there is a lack of education and a lack of park structure that highlight the progressive manner of park amenities. A progressive park also encourages personal growth and development. It allows users, in a gradual manner, to hone their skills in less difficult areas before conquering the difficult areas.
The first park amenity is a 6 foot wide, multi-use trail comprised of a stone dusk trail tread overtop a 2A modified base course. This trail will not exceed 5% slope so it is completely ADA- accessible. This can easily accommodate bike, strollers and walkers. This is the main thoroughfare of the park, the backbone. Starting at the entrance and moving clockwise, the Multi-Use trail loop provides access to the Skills Area, a Community Gathering Area overlooking the raingardens, the Advanced pump Track, and the Beginner Pump Track, before arriving back at the entrance. The Multi-Use Trail gives park users a more passive way of viewing and utilizing the park without having to enter any of the progressive and active biking areas where they may not be comfortable.
A small informational sign will provide safety guidelines, a description of each feature within the skills area and tips on how to ride and conquer each feature. The skills area will help develop the basic skills required for off road cycling. The skills area ia a great place to hold workshops to teach kids about biking and introduce new riders to cycling and proper riding technique. This an area at the core of teching more confident riding on foreign terrains that are found within most trail networks on the East Coast, our County, and the World.
As determined by progression, the skills area is positioned as the second feature area in the park, after the Multi-Use trail. Like the multi-use trail, it is a loop system, meaning the rider has to follow the trail from start to finish. Upon successful completion, this small loop can facilitate a sense of accomplishment in the park user, which helps build esteem. The skills area has the following trail features: Rollers, Berms, Grade Reversals made of dirt, Balance Platforms but low to the ground made of wood; A Meandering Trail; and Small rock Section. The skills area can be can be easily adjusted and added onto as new trends in off-road cycling develop. It is not a proving ground; however, it is an area to become introduced to foreign terrains, different grades, the feel of a new bike, and an introduction to biking as a lifestyle sport.
Beginner Pump Track
Enclosed by the multi-use trail as a beginner/intermediate pump track. This pump track has a staging area, set approximately 4-5 feet above the ground. This area gives the user an overview of the whole track and some speed and momentum when dropping in to ride. An information sign will be in front of the staging area that explains the design of the track, as well as, safety guidelines and a bit of info. On how to “PUMP” the track.
The pump track provides a cardio-physical exercise for the rider in a safe manner and it builds upon the bike-and-body separation technique, which further develops a riders skill level within a few tries. Effectively riding a pump track requires use of arms, legs, orso and eyes. After enough practice, your bodies muscle-memory can “record” the pump tracks movements and the rider then starts to actually pump the track more so then pedaling around the track, which is the goal. At this stage, the rider can see and feel the rollers and berms and through compressing and decompressing the body, they move forward without pedaling. Hence the name “ Pump Track”
One most common mistake beginners and new riders have when riding the pump track is to have the seat too high. The seat needs to be lowered and the riders stance is more neutal. The proper stance- legs straight, arms straight, elbows out, pedals level with the ground and standing upright and off the seat- gives the body a lot of room for flexibility to move up and down, side to side, in a pumping action moving forward and feeling free. A true exhilarating exercise that brings out great self esteem levels in a person. The pump track is gaining popularity as a lifestyle sport because anyone can use the track no matter what age, weight, height, etc. there is no level of strength required to enjoy the pump track. We call it a Gateway to becoming a great rider. It brings together all age groups to social exercise. Both the beginner / Intermediate Pump Track and Skills area can be utilized for clinics with clubs or cycling teams.
Expert / Advanced Pump Track
The Expert / Advanced Pump Track. Like the beginner Pump Track, an informational sign will be in front of the staging area that explains the design of the track, as well as, safety guidelines and a bit of Info. on how to “PUMP” the track. The sign will explain the increased difficulty level, as well. This track design is more advanced for expert off-road riders it has tall berms, 360-degree berms, a table top, rollers and transition areas.
Stormwater and Raingardens
Several areas of the bike parks will be comprised of compacted clay-based soils, which are impervious. These areas will produce stormwater runoff during rain events. The storm water runoff from all compacted soils in each progressive area will be brought to localized rain gardens for absorption and infiltration, then overflow will be directed to a large rain garden in the center of the property. An overflow pipe well or rock swale will be needed to direct water to the storm drain. The rain gardens will be the parks hub for plants life and insects, grasses, wildflowers, Tree’s to Butterflies and birds. The stormwater will carry nutrients to the raingarden to sustain plant health. Organic-based soil will be needed for the raingardens. We understand excavation is not possible thus the edges of the raingardens will need to be built up to temporarily hold the water.
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