Wednesday, December 07, 2022

WATCH NOW: Riders pumped up on Madison Park extravaganza

Because bikes aren’t allowed in the area skate park, Cameron Braine said he hasn’t really had a good place to ride his BMX bike since moving to Madison a decade ago.

He said, ‘I am thrilled about it.

The Pump Track at Aldo Leopold Park is designed to accommodate riders of all ages and skill levels, providing the opportunity to exercise, improve handling skills, and mostly have fun.

Chris Hubbuch Wisconsin State Journal

CORP, the volunteer group that built and maintains most of the mountain bike trails in the area, is celebrating the opening Saturday with a group ride at 10 a.m.

But neighborhood kids and bikers from across the city found him before the track was over.

“It’s a lot of fun,” said Rob Bros, who rode the track with his mountain bike and skateboard on Wednesday. “It has a great flow.”

Pump Track

With its interconnecting segments, which can be steered in either direction, the 7,000-square-foot pump track at Aldo Leopold Park offers virtually unlimited permutations.

Phil Brinkman, State Journal

“It’s awesome,” said 13-year-old Benjamin Blavat, who tried the track after hearing the track on Thursday.

Paid in part with a $125,000 Dane County Bike Infrastructure grant, Pump Track is the first piece of the Madison Bicycle Adventure Trail (MADBAT) network, a system of urban trails designed to promote health, economic activity, and access to the road. especially in traditionally neglected communities.

Plans call for an additional skills park next to the Leopold Pump Track, as well as a “Pieces for School” dirt trail along the cannonball path, which runs right past the park. Work on an even larger pump track is due to begin in Middleton next year.


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