NEW CYCLE HUB OPENS IN LEEDS
Phase one of an exciting new Urban Bike Park in south Leeds has officially opened this month.
Funded by Leeds City Council, British Cycling and Sport England, the new £1.2m cycling hub situated in Middleton Park will, when completed after three different phases of work, boast a fantastic range of family-friendly facilities and activities for people of different cycling experience.
On offer now to the public as part of phase one includes;
- A cross country mountain bike trail available to the public for casual use and for cross country mountain bike competitions, which when completed will be 6km in length. The trails are set into three zones: green trails cater for beginners, blue trails offer a moderate difficulty level and red trails are suitable for more proficient mountain bikers with good off-road skills and fitness.
- A pump track/mini pump track which will cater for both experienced and less experienced riders.
- A revamped and extended former golf clubhouse building which will provide extra space for community activities and educational programmes. The vision is to provide a facility which will offer both physical and social activities that meet the needs of the local community. Through the hub, local residents will be able to access not just a social space, but education and training opportunities. A community café will also be available during evening and weekends when events and activities are taking place.
To support the introduction of the new cycling facilities, a number of aesthetic improvements will also been made to the park. This includes the installation of a number of new footpaths and upgrade of existing walkways. Additional car parking is also now available. Work on phase two of the Urban Bike Park is set to commence in the near future.
The introduction of an Urban Bike Park will underpin and reinforce Middleton Park’s reputation as an important and much loved community resource by people of all ages. Annually the park currently attracts in excess of two million visits per year.
Joining the leader of Leeds City Council Cllr Judith Blake at the official opening were representatives from Sport England and British Cycling.