August 17, 2016

Newark Pump-Track Petition

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Pump-track biking is a free, dawn-to-dusk mainstream activity enjoyed by men and women of all ages, including adults, teens, and toddlers. Pump-tracks provide a place for communities to socialize and encourage active, healthy lifestyles. Pump-tracks teach bike-handling skills in a safe and fun environment away from cars. Skateparks don’t allow bikes. Streets are no longer bike-friendly.

Tell the Newark City Council that you’d like a Pump-Track within city limits—that you support use of an existing public park for this purpose. Pump-tracks are super-cheap to build (<$100,000).

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Newark Pump-Track Petition

Dear Newark City Council Members & Planning Commissioners,

A Pump-Track, a feature of a Bike Park, provides a place for communities to socialize and encourage active, healthy lifestyles. A pump-track teaches bike-handling skills in a safe and fun environment away from cars. Skateparks don’t allow bikes. Streets are no longer bike-friendly.

Pump-track biking is a free, dawn-to-dusk mainstream activity enjoyed by men and women of all ages, including adults, teens, and toddlers. A bit about pump-tracks (you can see at video at http://tinyurl.com/pumpNOW):

- Riders use pumping action, not pedaling, to propel forward. This is why small kids as young a age two on balance bikes can participate.
- There's no race track, and there are no time trials.
- Speeds are slow. No motorized vehicles allowed!
- Riders wait in a queue for his/her turn on a given section of a track.
- More than one rider can be on the same stretch at a time, but there are rules and courtesies around spacing.
- It is customary for parents to follow close behind their young children so as to guide them through the track and provide assistance as needed.

The closest Pump-track (Bike Park) is in Pleasanton, CA; it's a great park, but one closer to home would be more convenient and enable Newark residents to gather with others from the community.

Most adults and kids have bikes. A pump-track will get a lot of use. Pump-tracks are not expensive to build (<$100,000) and can generate revenue in the form of summer camps and pump lessons. I support a Pump-Track in Newark, and I approve of my tax dollars being used for this purpose. I also approve of any partnerships that you might build with volunteer organizations to construct and maintain such a wonderful amenity. Thank you for listening!

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