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Cycling organization proposes new Asphalt Pumptrack for Cumberland

The United Riders of Cumberland have presented an Asphalt Pumptrack Project to Village Council.

Called the All Wheels Skills Project, the organization is proposing an Asphalt pump track for cyclists and other track users to use in the village.

Joe Schwartz, the Jump Park Committee Lead for United Riders of Cumberland says that one of the reasons why they chose an Asphalt Track is its inclusivity.

“An Asphalt Pump Track, unlike dirt structure, allows for multiple user groups,” says Schwartz.

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“We can have adaptive wheels, kids on run bikes and scooters, BMX, mountain bikes, skateboards, who all can use this pump track.”

Other reasons include the track being economic and sustainable, open to all ages and abilities, and being a safe and controlled environment.

Schwartz adds that the proposed location for this track will be in the current Jump and Skills area, with the project requiring high maintenance.

When it comes to why Cumberland needs this track, Schwartz says it provides an accessible and functional facility for cyclists.

“Tracks like this are a destination, so you would think of places like Nanaimo, Langford, where people travel from off island specifically to visit these kinds of parks,” says Schwartz.

The project will cost a total of $195,000 to be built, including concept planning, initial groundwork, and adding the Asphalt itself.

As of today, the concept plan for the pump track has been completed.

If approved, the project is expected to be finished construction by the late summer of next year.

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