Cycling / BMX

First organised activities take place on Hartcliffe Pump Track

By Martin Booth, Wednesday May 5, 2021

More than a year after opening, the first organised activities have now taken place on a new pump track in south Bristol.

Hartcliffe Pump Track in Willmott Park was built by Velosolutions as part of Access Sport’s Making Trax programme.

The open access track offers a wide range of lines, berms, rollers and jumps that can be ridden by riders of all ages and abilities.

The track is open for the public to use recreationally and will also become home to new volunteer-led community cycling club, Hartcliffe BMX Club.

Access Sport’s first organised activity on Hartcliffe Pump Track gave young people from the local community the opportunity to use a BMX, learn to ride the pump track, and increase their cycling skills and confidence.

Since February 2020 there have been more than 87,000 single uses of Hartcliffe Pump Track – photo: Access Sport

Access Sport development manager, Lucy Fisher, said: “We are delighted to see this excellent facility in Hartcliffe being used so regularly by all ages, abilities and wheeled sports over the past year.

“We hope this facility will be a brilliant asset for the local community and will continue to inspire local people to get on their bikes and get active.

The support of Access Sport, Bristol City Council, Churngold via Entrust, HSBC and the Places to Ride Programme which is being delivered by British Cycling, Sport England and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) enabled this development to go ahead – photo: Access Sport

Bristol City Council’s sports & physical activity development manager, Guy Fishbourne, said: “Providing the opportunity and environment for residents of all ages and abilities to be physically active, this new facility will not only help people lead active and healthy lives but also the opportunity to get involved in voluntary work to support the exciting new Hartcliffe BMX Club.”

More sessions will be run in the coming weeks as the track and club hope to develop into a thriving community cycling hub – photo: Access Sport

Ruth Miller, British Cycling lead cycling delivery manager for the southern regions, added: “We are working really hard with Access Sport and Bristol City Council on the ground, through local relationship building, outreach sessions and engagement events, to ensure that this facility is really accessed and loved by the local community.

“We are also working to help identify, train, nurture and develop a new cohort of coaches and leaders at the site to help embed a new club and give it the best chance to thrive.”

Access Sport’s Making Trax cycling inclusion programme in Bristol aims to normalise youth, inclusion and diversity in cycling to support people from typically underrepresented groups – photo: Access Sport

Main photo: Access Sport

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