Redbridge Cycling Centre to see £200,000 in improvements thanks to new London Marathon funding

Floodlighting, facilities for young and disabled riders, and a four lane BMX track all planned for former Olympic venue

by Sarah Barth   August 24, 2014  

Redbridge Cycling Centre

Redbridge Cycling Centre is to enjoy nearly £200,000 in improvements currently under discussion by the council

The former Olympic cycling venue , which was a training ground for athletes in 2012, could benefit from floodlighting, a cut-through to make the track easier to use for young and disabled riders, and a four lane BMX track.

The work will be funded by Sport England, which has agreed in principle to allocate the funding for work that should begin in October.

The site will be bought from the Crown Estate by the council, who have secured £309,000 in funding from the London Marathon Charitable Trust.

The centre’s name will be changed to London Marathon Trust Redbridge Cycling Centre under the scheme.

The local authority’s lease of the centre expired in March, having been funded since 2008 with a one-off grant of £850,000 from the London Development Agency. The cycling centre replaced the Eastway Cycle Circuit, now the Velopark, at the Queen Elizabeth Park in Stratford where the Olympic and Paralympic Games were held.

Councillor Wes Streeting, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, told the Ilford Recorder, “Redbridge Cycling Centre is a well-used and popular facility in the borough.

“The investment we’ve secured guarantees the long term future of the centre and we hope the new facilities will encourage people of all ages – particularly disabled people – to visit the centre to learn to cycle or to improve their skills.”

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4 lane bmx track?

Never seen or heard of one of these in 25+ years of bmx

To those involved, please don't mess it up with a sub standard '4 lane bmx track', get someone who knows what they are doing to build a proper bmx track, or put the money into something more useful

There is nothing more depressing than mickey mouse facilities when for the same cash, but for someone clued up involved, you could get something great to empower and inspire young participants

Seen too many 'bmx' and 'skateparks' royally f*died up by architects and planners....

posted by hampstead_bandit [169 posts]
24th August 2014 - 17:04

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Four lane BMX track - it probably means a pump track like they have at Hackney. It's a pity that some of the money isn't being diverted to rebuilding of the Barking and Dagenham (BAD) BMX track, which isn't so far away from Redbridge. It used to be a good track and I raced there a few times. I'll spare you the details of what went wrong.

The best BMX track builders in the UK are Clark & Kent, who built the tracks at Cyclopark, Burgess Park, Olympic Park (the post Olympics rebuild), Mitcham and Perry Park, and probably a few more I haven't ridden too.

Yep I've seen BMX facilities being messed up as well. The one at Musselburgh is a case in point - lots of work initially but not done well and then abandoned.

OldRidgeback

posted by OldRidgeback [2233 posts]
25th August 2014 - 9:47

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