WORK ON BMX TRACK SET TO START NEXT MONTH
Cllr Lenny Walker and Active Crawley Officer (Extreme Sports), Lucy Adams, with children from Manor Green School
The town is set to see an impressive BMX track in Langley Green built by the Easter holidays.
The new £75,000 facility will be one of just seven other official tracks in the whole of the South East, with the closest in Dagenham.
Funding for the track, which will be built adjacent to Cherry Lane Adventure Playground, was awarded to Crawley Borough Council from West Sussex County Council’s Aiming High for Disabled Children programme.
The track, four lanes plus a four metre wide beginner track, will be designed specifically with disabled children and young people and their parents / carers in mind and is set to be totally accessible, fun and challenging for everyone.
Councillor Lenny Walker, Cabinet member for Leisure and Culture, said: “This is a fantastic piece of work by Community Services staff, residents and Members, and will be a great addition to the town. It will hopefully attract users from far and wide and increase Crawley’s profile too.
“The most pleasing aspect about this project is that it’s designed with disabled users in mind. I really look forward to its completion.”
Consultation has been undertaken with local riders, students from Manor Green, British Cycling and Wheels for All (an established inclusive cycling brand) with their ideas being fed into the design specification.
Dirtworks BMX have been hired to provide a track layout that supports progression, imagination and most of all innovation, really making a name for cycling in Crawley.
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The track will be designed to reduce pedalling by using the pumping action of the rider’s body weight and leg compression to propel themselves around the track, while the outer circuit will see bumps, textured surfaces and cambered / transition corners.
A fleet of specially adapted cycles and BMX bikes will also be available to ensure cycling is accessible to all.
Work will start towards the end of February and the track is set to open in time for the Easter Holidays. Anyone who wants to get involved in involved with setting up a BMX Club should contact Lucy Adams, Active Crawley Officer (Extreme Sports) on 01293 585350.