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The Jersey Off-Road Bicycle Association Announces New Jersey’s First Pump Track
After seven months of negotiations and planning,
the Jersey Off-Road Bicycle Association (JORBA)’s Hunterdon County chapter received the news that the construction of New Jersey’s first publically available pump track was approved for Alexandria Park in Alexandria, NJ. Groundbreaking on this highly anticipated project will begin this spring with completion expected on June 6, 2010, Alexandria Park’s annual Community Day.
A pump track is one of the fastest-growing attractions in biking. It is a continuous dirt loop of rollers and insloped turns, reminiscent of a BMX track but smaller in scale, which can be ridden by cyclists of all ages and skill levels. A pump track can be placed in a small footprint, requires little maintenance, and teaches riders essential riding skills while building fitness, all in a low-risk environment. Alexandria Park’s pump track will provide a new challenge for New Jersey’s growing cycling community.
Following guidelines set out by the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA), JORBA will construct the pump track in the rear section of Alexandria Park. The pump track will be adjacent to the athletic fields, walker’s path, and disk golf. Both JORBA and the Alexandria Park Commissioners are eager to add the pump track to the park’s growing number of recreational features.
Since publically accessible pump tracks are hard to come by and the course at Alexandria Park may be a first for many cyclists, JORBA will be offering clinics throughout the summer to provide instructional assistance on proper use and technique for riding a pump track. Clinics will also emphasize bicycle safety, maintenance, and proper riding etiquette.
As both an educational and charitable organization, JORBA encourages volunteerism and responsible riding, while advocating off road cycling as a healthy, environmentally sound, and sustainable activity. Working closely with land managers, park officials, and other trail user groups, JORBA seeks to protect the rights and responsibilities of cyclists as equal members of the trail user community. With over 500 members strong at chapters throughout New Jersey, JORBA actively works toward conservation, development, and maintenance of trails.
For more information on JORBA, membership information, and a listing of upcoming events, please visit our homepage.