“We are pleased that the bike track is already being used, with this being an excellent facility adding new local leisure options."

Access Sport opens new state-of-the-art bike track in Hoblingwell Wood Recreation Ground, Bromley.

Madam Mayor, Cllr Hannah Gray joined Access Sport to officially open Hoblingwell Cycle Track on Wednesday 22 June, supported by young people, school groups, key partners and organisations from the local area. 

The new facility has been delivered as part of Access Sport’s inclusive cycling offer, 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 ride.

Hoblingwell Cycle Track was built by leading bike track builders, Clark and Kent Contractors, with landscaping by Blakedown Landscapes. The project was made possible with thanks to grant funding support from The London Marathon Charitable Trust, Clarion Futures, the Bromley Safer Neighbourhood Board, HSBC Community Fund and the Places to Ride programme, which is being delivered by British Cycling, Sport England & the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS).

Hoblingwell Cycle Track is an exciting open-access cycling facility suitable for ‘all wheels’ including bikes, scooters and skateboards for riders of all ages and abilities. The pump track is accompanied by a container full of cycling equipment including bikes and helmets, to ensure that everyone from the local community can enjoy the new facility, including those who do not currently own a bike or helmet.  

The sun shone on the day of the launch and there was an amazing turnout for the opening event which showcased how the new facility will become a thriving community hub. The cycle track was officially opened by the Mayor and students from the local Poverest Primary School. 

Councillor Hannah Gray, the Mayor of Bromley said:

“We are pleased that the bike track is already being used, with this being an excellent facility adding new local leisure options. It was the thoughts and encouragement of local people, including young people, that brought this project about and I would like to thank all concerned. I would encourage interested people to join the local groups, including the Friends and all those who are part of the Hoblingwell Hub as this is important.”

As riders took to the track, the all-ability and accessible nature of the pump track was apparent with riders of ranging abilities (including riders from Poverest Primary School, St Barnabus Youth Group and advanced local riders) all showing their cycling skills on the track. 

Following the launch event, Access Sport will be working with the local community to deliver sustainable community cycling activity at the facility, through structured sessions and ‘rock up & ride’ sessions, alongside empowering and upskilling those in the local community to deliver the sessions independently.

We are excited to see this track become a thriving and popular community cycling hub. Lucy Fisher, Access Sport National Development Manager said: 

“We are delighted to see the cycle track in Hoblingwell Wood Recreation Ground open and being so widely used by those in the local community. We can already see that this is going to be a brilliant asset for all in the local area, whether riding on mountain bikes, BMX bikes, scooters or skateboards. We are excited to be developing regular structured activity on the pump track and to create a sustainable community cycling hub for the local area. Thank you to all our partners who helped create this amazing facility’.

Thank you to everyone who attended the launch event and to everyone who made the building of this facility possible.