Cycling is the new golf: Final designs for Bath Bike Park, which will replace two golf courses, are due for completion this month

Final drafts of Bath Bike Park, a 30-acre cycling facility on the grounds of the former Entry Hill golf course, are due for completion this month as the majority of residents say they are excited about the new cycling centre.

The designs are currently being developed by Bristol-based cycling group Pedal Progression, which last year won the tender process to create the bike park, which will feature five kilometers of purpose-built mountain bike trails , a pump track, skills and learning areas. , a bike shop and coaching services, as well as free access family walking, running and cycling trails.

Pedal Progression recently launched a survey – the third public consultation to take place regarding the bike park – asking residents if and how they would use the new facilities.

About two-thirds of respondents said they were excited to use different features of the bike park, from mountain bike trails to on-site cafes and nature areas.

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However, while 78 per cent of men and 63 per cent of people with disabilities surveyed said they would use the dedicated cycle facilities – which will be operated on a paid basis – only 34 per cent of women expressed an interest in cycle lanes. , with the survey results suggesting that women and girls will be more likely to use walking and running trails, a finding that Pedal Progression says it will address by conducting further engagement work and awareness.

Many residents also suggested that the walking path be extended throughout the park – which Pedal Progression has now incorporated into the new design – while some locals have expressed concerns about traffic around the site, parking, the quality of the air and the potential danger to wildlife.

Mark Roper, Cabinet Assistant for Neighborhood Services in Bath and North East Somerset Council, said: “I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in this latest consultation.

“It is important that Bath Bike Park not only caters to those who want to use the mountain bike trails, but also families, walkers and nature lovers. The feedback we received will help us ensure that we balance the needs of all park users in the final design.

“I was particularly encouraged to see that 70% of people who responded to the survey said they would use sustainable transport options to access the site, either on foot or by bike, or using a combination of these options with public transport.”

“We are very excited with the progress made so far on the Bath Bike Park project and are closer than ever to realizing the dream!” said Matt George, director of Pedal Progression.

“Thank you to everyone who responded to the various surveys, shared their concerns, suggestions and support with us. We are confident that the facility will offer something for everyone.

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Despite widespread public support for Bath Bike Park, local golfers previously campaigned to save the two loss-making Entry Hill golf courses after Bath and North East Somerset Council revealed that each round played cost £8 to taxpayers.

A golfer has complained that the first public consultation on the site’s future was taken over by a ‘cycling lobby on steroids’ after 78% of those polled expressed support for its transformation into a cycling centre.

In Edinburgh earlier this year, cyclists and golfers also clashed after a cycle lane was installed on Lanark Road outside Kingsknowe Golf Club.

In February, Kingsknowe members launched a petition to scrap the active travel scheme on Lanark Road, traditionally considered one of the city’s most dangerous roads for cyclists, because, according to the club, the new tracks bike lanes prevented members from parking on the road. when the course is busy, despite the existence of a public car park a few hundred meters from the club.

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