The City, in partnership with the Davis Bike Park Alliance (DBPA), agreed to construct a Bike Pump Track which will be approximately 9,000 sq. ft. with a perimeter fence and entry gates. City staff has met with DBPA to review their project plan and to learn more about their vision of creating a larger park as outlined in the Bicycle Action Plan as included in the City of Davis Beyond Platinum Bicycle Action Plan.
The bike pump track project is a Capital Improvement Project with a total of $181,500 of Park Impact Fees to fund the initial planning and design. Total project costs have yet to be determined, and will be based upon the final site selection and the overall track amenities and design features.
Bike pump tracks have gained popularity in areas such as Sacramento, Folsom, Dixon, and Elk Grove. A bike pump track is typically a dirt track, but can be paved, arranged in a closed loop with various sized mounds for riders to traverse.
Bike pump tracks are typically a minimum of 9,000 square feet, with a four foot tall perimeter fence with entry gates provided for both cyclists and maintenance equipment. A bike pump track allows cyclists of all ages to develop skills for off-road biking rather than trying to learn in more difficult terrain such as mountain biking trails. The park layout will consider a mixture of pathways, intersections, and turns to allow riders to develop various ways of traversing the track.
The track provides a safe space for kids and adults to enjoy the benefits of off-road cycling in a relatively small and controlled space, offering participants a local place to get cardiovascular exercise, good core work out for the upper and lower body, and achieve personal empowerment through the navigation of obstacles. The bike pump track should also spur local economic development and increase tourism revenue from the off-road cycling community.
The DBPA has also expressed interest in further developing a cooperative agreement with the City for assistance with ongoing maintenance and operations for the Bike Pump Track upon its competed construction.
On December 5, 2017, City Council selected Community Park as the location for the future bike pump track. Staff sent out a request for proposals to secure a design firm to design the bike pump track, and on March 22, 2018, the City Manager awarded the contract to Stantec Inc.
A preliminary design drawing can be found below:
The preliminary design will be presented to the Recreation and Parks Commission on Wednesday, June 20, 2018.
The City is committed to minimizing impacts and keeping you informed about the project. If you have questions or concerns please contact the following personnel: