Support Your Local Trail Centre – NOW!

Support Your Local Trail Center

I am not sure of the full story behind the UK Bike Park closure on 28th February this year but I am sure it can only be down to cold hard cash.

This is sad news for riders and for what was the UK’s premier free ride and down hill bike park. Business rates, complying with health and safety standards, running uplifts and generally maintaining the trails costs money and unless we use these facilities they will close. Our hard earned cash is forever being spread thin between the rising costs of living and the desire to pimp our rides and wear the latest gear. But if we don’t spend our money paying for uplifts, car parks and on site cafe facilities these amazing places will close and fall to rack and ruin.

Cognation has recently brought us new trails in South Wales at Cwmcarn and last year opened Bike Park Wales. These are built at an average cost of £200k – £250k per trail and come with annual maintenance costs in excess of £50k per year per trail.

I hear complaints about the quality of the food at cafes, the rising price of car parks. I am guilty myself – after all its so much easier to take some food than to pay the higher prices at the trail centre! But next time you go – please buy a coffee or tea and slice of cake at least – it all helps and will keep our trail centres open; open for you and me!

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5 thoughts on “Support Your Local Trail Centre – NOW!

  1. Tim, I agree with your sentiments but all too often the car park charges (in particular) and cafe money do not go to the trail, it goes to the council’s coffers. My main issue with cafes is that they open too late or close too early, even at BPW. Taking pre-packed food requires too much planning. 😉

      1. I have no problem paying for facilities that provide income for the upkeep and existence of trails.

  2. The problem at UKBP was the owners attitude. He would open the park up to an hour late with no apology to waiting customers and still finish dead on time. Races were extremely badly organised. The trails gradually got worse.
    All this lead to a very bad reputation so people stopped going.

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