Hoblingwell Wood Recreation Ground bike track consultation

Published Friday, 6 March 2020

Residents, visitors and other interested parties are urged to respond to a consultation by Friday 20 March 2020.

The consultation is exploring the possibility of developing a community bike track and club at Hoblingwell Wood Recreation Ground Orpington

The idea, in partnership with Access Sport a London-based charity, includes the creation of a new community bike park which would be owned and managed by the council and run by local volunteers. The bike park would be designed for all types of non-motorised wheeled sports and would be ideal for mountain bikes, scooters, balance bikes, BMXs, skateboards and in-line skates. The community club would run structured club sessions but the facility would also be open to the wider community to encourage a range of groups to use the new track.

Councillor William Huntington-Thresher Executive Councillor for Environment said “As a local person, we want to hear your view and if you have questions, please come along on the exhibition day, where various groups from the Hoblingwell Hub will also be represented.  This whole project is subject to a number of factors, including the views of local people and successful funding applications and if you are a local business and interested in supporting this project, please let us know. I would like to say a special thank you to the Friends of Hoblingwell Rec, who are part of the Hub, for all their continued hard work at the Rec.  If you are interested in joining them or indeed the other groups using the rec, then please make yourself known on the day.  There are many other Friends of Parks groups across the Borough and if this news has inspired you to get involved with your local park, please look up details online as your support would be warmly welcomed.”  

The suggested design for the new bike park would suit all abilities of riders, including disabled people. If progressed the facility would include an all-wheeled asphalt pump track; hard landscaping including seating areas, a chill out zone, storage units, meeting spaces, way finding and facility signage and also a learn to ride and Bikeability skills development area for use by schools.

An open day has been arranged for anyone wishing to find out more: Saturday 14 March 2020 from 11:00am - 2:00pm at Hoblingwell Wood Recreation Ground, Leesons Way, Orpington, BR5 2SG.

Visitors can learn more about ideas from idverde the council’s parks contractor, officers from the council, Access Sport and other stakeholders including Hoblingwell Hub who will be at the event, too. Visitors can also try out BMX for free on the day as there will be bikes, helmets, and a portable BMX track available for all ages and abilities to have a go, led by a British Cycling Go Ride Coach.

If desired and the project is successful in attracting grant funders and sponsors, the project would be funded by several large grants from external funders, plus match funding that has been pledged from a variety of sources including the council.

Anyone interested in commenting on the scheme should visit www.bromley.gov.uk/consultations by the closing date of Friday 20 March 2020.

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