Olympic Freestyle BMX bronze medallist and Access Sport ambassador, Declan Brooks, will join Access Sport to open an exciting new cycling facility in Stockwood, Bristol on Thursday 12th May.

The new facility has been delivered as part of Access Sport’s Making Trax Cycling Inclusion Programme, which aims to give every young person access to a bike, the skills and confidence to use it, and somewhere local, safe and exciting to enjoy riding. The work was carried out by specialist track builders Architrail Velosolutions, with capital funding from The London Marathon Charitable Trust, Enovert Community Trust, Bristol City Council, Churngold and the John James Bristol Foundation.


The new facility will offer a range of riding options for all ages and abilities, as well as being accessible for bikes, scooters and skateboards. The open access facility is also accompanied by a new footpath connecting the track to nearby Whittock Road, a storage unit to provide a safe place to store community bikes and helmets, and a social space to watch the action on the track.

Stockwood Bike Park will become a thriving resource for the local community, creating a safe and exciting place for people to learn to ride, increase cycling confidence and enhance bike handling skills.

 


Declan Brooks, Access Sport ambassador and Olympic Freestyle BMX bronze medallist said:

The Stockwood Bike Track is an amazing facility for the local community. It’s great to see a track designed for all ages and abilities and I hope it will encourage more people to get on their bikes and give it a go! Every community needs a fun and safe space like this!”

 

Joe McTague, Delivery Director at Access Sport said:

“We are delighted that Stockwood Bike Track is now complete and we look forward to the official opening in May. It is brilliant to see people already out enjoying the new track and we know it will be a great asset for the local community! We would like to thank our partners The London Marathon Charitable Trust, Enovert Community Trust, Bristol City Council, Churngold, the John James Bristol Foundation and Architrail Velosolutions, for helping create this fantastic facility for the community of Stockwood.”

 

Joe Thompson, Head of Funding at The London Marathon Charitable Trust said:

"Our mission at The London Marathon Charitable Trust is to Inspire Activity, and we know the fantastic new Stockwood Bike Track will do just that! It’s great to see the track in use, providing inclusive opportunities for all the local community so more people can enjoy the physical, mental and social benefits of cycling.”

 

Access Sport will now support the local community to set up a cycling group to provide a wide range of opportunities for local people to get involved, whether through riding, coaching or volunteering.

There will also be recreational and structured cycling sessions offered at the track, which will include coached sessions, rock up and ride sessions, after school sessions, Wingz cycling (inclusive cycling for anyone with an impairment and/or additional need), BMXercise (BMX specifically for women and girls) and Access Sport’s unique school and community outreach programme.

Significant funding from local philanthropy organisations the Hargreaves Foundation, Foundation for Children and The Yogscast Jingle Jam will enable the activation of the facility and support ongoing delivery costs.

 

Councillor Graham Morris, Stockwood Ward said:

Councillors Jonathan Hucker and Graham Morris are delighted to see the new bike track in Stockwood. We have worked hard to secure this facility and, as one of only four in the city, it will benefit children, young people and families in all parts of the Ward. To see such a large investment in our community is wonderful news and we hope many young people and families will get as much pleasure from using this facility as we have from delivering it. We must express our gratitude to Access Sport – without their involvement we would not be here today.” 

 

The Finished Track...



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