February 22, 2016

Tri-City Bike Park Petition

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Tell the East Bay Park District that you'd like a Bike Park at Coyote Hills Regional Park—that you support use of public lands for this purpose.

A Bike Park offers a free, fun, family-friendly outdoor recreational activity for all skill levels (beginner to advanced), starting as young as age 2 and as old as 72. A Bike Park provides a wonderful gathering place for the entire community. Cities throughout CA use such parks as recreation. They are both fun and safe.

Unlike other parks, a Bike Park is inexpensive to build: it just involves dirt and a fence. There is vacant East Bay Park District land (donated by Patterson Family) at the entrance of Coyote Hills Regional Park. Nearby parking is available. The East Bay Park District has a history of supporting Bike Parks.

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Tri-City Bike Park Petition

Dear East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD),

Bike Parks (Pump-Track Dirt-Jump) provide a place for communities to socialize and encourage active, healthy lifestyles.

Dirt-jump pump-track biking is a free, dawn-to-dusk mainstream activity enjoyed by men and women of all ages, including adults, teens, and toddlers.

This activity brings together two biking communities—mountain bikers and BMX bikers—from beginner to intermediate to advanced. A bit about Bike Parks (dirt-jump pump-track):

- 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 Bike Park is in Pleasanton, CA (on EBRPD land), and another popping up in a few years in San Leandro's Oyster Bay (spearheaded by EBPD). We could use another Bike Park--in the Tri-City area!

The Tri-City area has a strong mountain biking community and most adults and kids have bikes. A Bike Park will get a lot of use! I'm an East Bay resident and I support a Bike Park in Coyote Hills Regional Park.

I support healthy activities and community, and the EBRPD has these same values. EBRPD has a wonderful track record for building partnerships with cities and volunteer organizations on park projects, and I ask that you continue this tradition and build such partnerships in the Tri-City area toward the construction of a Tri-City Bike Park.

Thank you for listening!

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