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Date:
May 6, 2017
Time:
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location:
Northwest Community Park
Address:
2880 West Steele Lane
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Cost:
FREE

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Bicycle Pump Track Dedication & Celebration

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Attend this FREE family event at Northwest Community Park to celebrate the recent opening of Santa Rosa's first public bicycle pump track and to honor the volunteers who made it a reality.

Event will kick-off with a dedication ceremony beginning at 1pm followed by celebration and riding.

Santa Rosa Firefighters Local 1401 will be providing youth bicycle helmet fittings and giveaways during the event! Thank you Local 1401!

Riding demonstrations and instruction on proper riding techniques will be provided by experienced pump track riders of the Redwood Empire Mountain Bike Alliance. Bring your bikes and helmets -- don't be shy -- first-time track users are welcome!

Barbeque and beer (for those 21+) will also be provided courtesy of the Redwood Empire Mountain Bike Alliance.

ABOUT THE PUMP TRACK
This is the first pump track to be constructed in a Santa Rosa City Park and is designed for bicycle riders of all ages. The amenity provides the community with a place to practice riding skills while building core physical strength and coordination. The track consists of a continuous loop of dirt berms designed for bicyclists to ride without pedaling and instead use their bodies in an up and down "pumping" motion to maneuver through the course. All riders are required to wear a helmet when using the pump track. The pump track is open during normal park hours, sunrise to sunset, and the track is closed when conditions are wet or muddy; posted signage will indicate when the track is closed.The pump track is a seasonal amenity that is closed when track is wet or muddy. Want text or email notifications on days that the track is closed? Click here and sign up!

The pump track is the result of a large volunteer effort that spans the last several years. Through an agreement with the Recreation and Parks Department and in coordination with staff, volunteers were granted permission to construct the pump track at Northwest Park in an open turf area to the east of the dog park. Local resident and cycling enthusiast, Doug McKenzie, the project's lead volunteer, was the key driver behind the project. McKenzie's efforts involved rallying supporters, fundraising, securing design plans and building permits, and helping with construction of the track. Local Santa Rosa engineer Erica Mikesh volunteered her time to prepare the pump track engineer drawings, and Andrew Taylor, a professional mountain biker originally from Santa Rosa, donated his time to design and construct the track. Many additional supporters fundraised, joined pump track work party days, and built a split rail fence to enclose the new amenity. The Redwood Empire Mountain Bike Alliance (REMBA), a local non-profit established in 2015 – and to which McKenzie is also a founding board member – has “adopted" the pump track through the Department's Adopt-A-Green Space Program and provide ongoing pump track maintenance. 
Learn more about REMBA here.