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Drop in to Peterborough’s bike park

  • The Peterborough Bike Park at Adams Playground recently opened. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Peterborough Bike Park at Adams Playground recently opened. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Peterborough Bike Park at Adams Playground recently opened. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Peterborough Bike Park at Adams Playground recently opened. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Peterborough Bike Park at Adams Playground recently opened. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Peterborough Bike Park at Adams Playground recently opened. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Peterborough Bike Park at Adams Playground recently opened. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Peterborough Bike Park at Adams Playground recently opened. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 5/20/2020 11:10:28 AM

Drop in and check out the new pump track at Adams Playground in Peterborough. The course, meant for BMX and mountain bikes, features berms, rollers, and jumps and is ready for riding after a work session this past weekend, Friends of the Peterborough Bike Park founding member Tim Selby said.

A work crew of local mountain bikers, including high school members of the Chain Gang mountain bike racing team, shaped the course with help from heavy equipment and a plate compactor. The park is about 70 percent complete and rideable, Selby said. On Monday afternoon work started on a balancing loop suitable for younger children to ride, and more dirt is coming later in the week.

“I’m pretty psyched about where we are so far,” Selby said. He laid out the pump track with guidance from the designer of the bike park currently being installed in Keene.

Riding a pump track helps with developing balance and technique as riders get into more advanced skills. Selby said he’s already received a number of messages from people who are “just loving it.” “It’s great to see the older kids guiding the younger kids,” he said, and hopes the spirit of teaching continues.

The bike park is open providing that users follow appropriate physical distancing guidelines, Selby said, as they did while building the course. “Have fun, but be respectful,” he said. Riders should wear helmets, and report damage to the features via the group’s Facebook page, and he asked that parents watch to make sure their kids aren’t digging up the mounds for fun. Peterborough town parks remain open to the public provided users stay at least six feet away from one another and avoid gatherings with more than 10 people, while the children’s playground at Adams and the town beach at Cunningham Pond remain closed.

The track has cost about $8,000 so far to build, Selby said, and he anticipates it only taking another $1,000 to complete the initial layout, mulching or seeding the area surrounding the track to mitigate erosion. Depending on interest, he said the group envisioned expanding trails up the adjacent hillside. They’ll also be locking in a maintenance routine this summer, he said.




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