Washington Township Supervisors considering bike track

Proponents say pump track would be maintained and supervised by users

November 03, 2011|By JENNIFER FITCH |

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — A challenging bike track at Pine Hill Regional Recreation Area would be maintained and supervised by its users if built, 10 biking aficionados told the Washington Township (Pa.) Supervisors Wednesday.

The track should have top-level jumps for skilled riders as well as safety precautions and entry-level obstacles for novices, the bikers said.

Mont Alto, Pa., resident Brian Lutz said he and his friends want a challenge, but they also want to get their children involved in the activity.

"If it's worth doing, it's worth doing right," he said.

The township supervisors are considering investing in a bike track at Pine Hill Regional Recreation Area off Mentzer Gap Road. They said the design would cost $4,000 out of their recreation fund.

The supervisors asked Township Manager Mike Christopher to poll government leaders from other communities with "pump tracks," asking questions about cost, usage and rules.

A pump track is a type of bike course in which someone uses muscles and momentum to navigate it.

The topic will be on their Monday meeting agenda for a possible vote on spending the money for a design.

On Wednesday, the board hosted an informal meeting with potential users of the bike track.

Lutz said he's met people who drive hours to visit well-designed parks.

"These guys will drive to ride," he said.

Cheryl Sornson of Fairfield, Pa., said special features would draw riders from all over, including those who might be riding mountain bikes in Michaux State Forest.

"It'll be a destination because it's unique," she said.

Daniel Grooms of Greencastle, Pa., answered the supervisors' questions about maintenance. He said the track needs to have a source of water nearby.

"Otherwise, it's going to be a dusty mess. ... Water is pretty essential," Grooms said.

The vast majority of maintenance is done by the track's users with shovels and rakes, he said.

Several people said proper drainage is key to a track's longevity.

Chambersburg, Pa., resident Martin Kell said he often sees children using his community's pump track.

"As a kid, it would've been awesome to have something like that in rideable distance from my house," he said.

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