A fantastic rainy weekend certainly didn’t dampen any pump track action. For the second time the Dirt Factory pump track was set up in Peel Park, Salford. Our bike park set-up was just one of the many activities at this year’s Little Hulton Goes Large Festival.
The heavy rain didn’t stop people from having fun and jumping on their bikes or scooters to ride the track. One of the benefits of a modular pump track is that all types of wheels and ages can get involved – and it’s a very healthy addiction, once you start you can’t stop.
We are proud to offer something a little different for the Salford community and it is extremely rewarding to see so many young people get enthused about how the track looks feels and rides. Even when the heavens opened all the kids continued to ride.
Unfortunately our pump track is not a permanent attraction and there comes a time where we have to pack up and leave. The Dirt Factory team are exploring a permanent indoor bike facility for Greater Manchester, and there are a number of opportunities in Salford currently being explored.
The kids are crying out for an indoor bike park and quite literally started to protest when the time came to dismantle the pump track sections. However, the feedback gained from Little Hulton Goes Large and from our previous Pump and Boost project in partnership with Rio Ferdinand Foundation has been extremely insightful – so hopefully before too long there will be a permanent bike park provision in Salford.
For now our team will continue to tour the Dirt Factory pump track and airbag around schools and communities, spreading positive vibes and the benefits of cycling.
See you soon Salford.