Prince Rupert Port Authority Helps Build Bike Track Designed For Riders Of All Ages
A new cycling pump track in Terrace is encouraging more people to get on their wheels, whether bicycle, tricycle, skateboard or scooter, as Northwest B.C.’s newest outdoor recreational destination.
Built through a partnership between the Prince Rupert Port Authority’s Community Investment Fund and the Terrace Off Road Cycling Association (TORCA), the track is an integral part of The HuB, a progressive ride centre developed for people of all ages and abilities to use.
Located in the heart of Terrace, the asphalt pump track consists of a series of bumps and banked corners for riders to approach at their own pace. The track integrates with 2.5 kilometres of new and rehabilitated beginner and intermediate bike trails to form The HuB. It provides riders with an opportunity to get a feel for their bikes and practice on the types of obstacles they can expect to encounter on more challenging terrain.
“This pump track breaks down barriers for cyclists who want to build their confidence before setting out on the trails,” said Aleksa Havelaar, Trail Director and Vice President, Terrace Off Road Cycling Association. “The support of the Community Investment Fund allowed us to build a recreational training ground unlike anything else in Northern B.C. that offers novice and experienced riders a place to learn new skills, exercise, and have fun almost year-round.”
“We are thrilled to help create a new, long-lasting recreational asset for Terrace and surrounding Northwest communities, especially one that serves as a safe, accessible place for youth and families to spend time, rain or shine,” said Shaun Stevenson, President and CEO of the Prince Rupert Port Authority. “It represents another way to ensure that the economic benefits of a growing port keep coming back to the communities that we reside in, and we’re very thankful for the hard work of the TORCA volunteers that opened up this opportunity.”
The Community Investment Fund committed $84,000 to the construction of the professionally designed pump track. That investment was critical to covering the costs of the track’s durable asphalt surface, which is well-suited to variable weather conditions and requires far less maintenance than a dirt track.
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