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by roadcc_admin   August 6, 2012  

Odd Down cycle track

We're super-excited here at towers because there's plans afoot for a brand new road cycle circuit on the south side of Bath. And we need your help to get it through planning.

Bath, and the South West in general, isn't particularly well served for cycle facilities. So we were delighted to learn earlier in the year that there was a plan in progress to build a brand new 1.5km closed-loop circuit at Odd Down playing fields on the outskirts of Bath. The track is part of a wider refurbishment of facilities at the site; that redevelopment is being largely funded by Section 106 money from the construction of a new Sainsbury's superstore in the area. A sizeable contribution from British Cycling will pay for the track and improvements to existing facilities including a competition-standard BMX track that's already on site.

The track would be a fantastic resource for the whole area; the success of the recent Bath Cycle Races in Victoria Park in the city has shown that there's a real desire for regular racing in the area, and the design of the track would be such that it's possible to split the loop into three sections, making shorter tracks for teaching young riders and the possibility of having more than one group on the track at any one time.

The regeneration of the playing fields is long overdue and a cause that's close to Dave's heart, as he's a resident of Odd Down as well as a keen cyclist. "The S106 money has been a godsend for a group of local sporting clubs that have been trying for many years to get the facilities at Odd Down updated, " he gushed when we asked him over the desk. "The regeneration will benefit everyone. A new 3G astroturf facility will give a year-round training venue for local football and rugby, and also generate enough revenue to allow the site to run at a profit; currently it loses tens of thousands of pounds a year. There will be new facilities too to replace the shocking changing rooms presently on site, and the addition of the BC money to fund the track is the icing on the cake. The track will be the only dedicated road racing facility for tens of miles in any direction, and will be a massive boon to cycling generally, not just road racing. It'll be a safe place to take kids to learn to ride and a safe place to train, and there's further plans to include a pump track and a short MTB loop in the future too"

Help support the planning application for the cycle track

The planning application for the track is in, and comments are invited. Clearly we'd love for you all to take a couple of minutes (it really is only that) and register your support, especially if you live in the South West although comments are open to everyone. There's bound to be objections to the plans so it's vital that we get as many voices of support as possible.

You might want to mention:

- Bath (and the area in general) doesn't have a facility of this kind so it would be hugely popular
- Funding is in place
- The design allows it to be used for teaching and as a facility for local schools
- We own cycling right now thanks to the Olympics, so we need to invest for its future
- Embracing active lifestyles is a key aim of Bath and North East Somerset Council.
- Erm, it's not a velodrome. Some people seem to think it is...


13 user comments

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Done. Every time I walk past the BMX track on the same playing field there are kids biking there. Hopefully a road track would be just as well used.

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posted by Sarah Barth [1163 posts]
6th August 2012 - 15:14


Any ideas on when we can expect this facility to be completed (assuming it goes ahead)?

posted by Liam Glen [158 posts]
6th August 2012 - 15:38


the work is scheduled to start later in the year, assuming planning etc goes to schedule

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7744 posts]
6th August 2012 - 15:43



posted by georgee [154 posts]
6th August 2012 - 15:52


Done Smile It will be very good for Odd Down and Bath as a whole.

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posted by t1mmyb [87 posts]
6th August 2012 - 16:00



posted by tomascjenkins [35 posts]
6th August 2012 - 16:01


Looks a bit like the Brands Hatch Indy circuit Big Grin

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posted by Gizmo_ [1126 posts]
6th August 2012 - 16:45


I'll think of something to say later on. But coming for a Scottish address..... Devil

I'll be there for a meet when its build though Wink

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posted by Gkam84 [9239 posts]
6th August 2012 - 17:56


YES crits

I'd come to that

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posted by Raleigh [1734 posts]
6th August 2012 - 19:22


No No Raleigh, Just a meet, I am not racing anyone unless its the fastest on the beer bong Devil

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posted by Gkam84 [9239 posts]
6th August 2012 - 20:13


Done. As an ex Bath resident of 6 years I'd gladly come back for some events if it gets off the ground

posted by bikingscot [46 posts]
8th August 2012 - 22:45


Done, its got to be good for the whole Bath / Bristol cycling community

posted by [17 posts]
9th August 2012 - 11:51


just to say that this got approved today, thanks in no small part to 300 comments in favour and only 6 against Smile

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7744 posts]
15th October 2012 - 10:32