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The new bike pump track also will
include the onsite All Heart Gear Shop,
which functions like a library to loan out
bikes and protective gear to youth.
of Bike Bristol, along with generous
contributions from sponsors in the
community, the vision for the gear
rental program is to acquire and
maintain a fleet of equipment that
will allow young people to sample
a new sport without the cost barrier.
These innovative partnerships are
paying off. As Medeiros explains,
" We can buy all this stuff, and then
lend it out to neighborhood kids and
families to use when they're coming
to visit the park. That way if you
can't afford a mountain bike, you
can come to our gear shop, get that
for free, and then go try it out. " The
gear shop program had a soft launch
in summer 2021 and is expected to
be fully up and running by summer
2022, alongside a host of programming
aimed at introducing bike skills
to young people and developing
competitive mountain biking opportunities
for more experienced riders.
In keeping with the agency's mission
to " enhance the quality of life for
all Bristol residents, " Medeiros views
the Rockwell Park improvements
as a means of changing the face of
mountain biking - and members of
Bike Bristol agree. " Mountain biking
is still primarily a rural or suburban
white sport, and [is] still primarily
male, although that's changing faster
than I could possibly imagine. The
whole goal of the trail and the pump
track was to put a trail system where
[new] people could be introduced to
biking, " reflects Seery.
Not only does the pump track
increase access and opportunities
for local youth, but also it provides
a unique amenity that helps set
Bristol apart in the region. " It's really
something that's very unusual
across the country. Urban mountain
biking is not something you see
much, " says Seery.
Medeiros points to the economic
impacts of the pump track, saying
visitors travel from Massachusetts
and Vermont to use it. " People
come from all over to use our pump
track and the trail system, so that
is a really, really cool thing. And if
you're coming [and using] the trail
in the morning, you're going out to
lunch, so you're patronizing the local
restaurants. It is definitely a benefit
to the economy. "
Some impacts of the project are
less easily quantifiable, but perhaps
even more important. As one young
person in the community describes,
" Mountain biking changed my life.
It flipped my life upside down, or
maybe right side up. I'm a completely
different person now. "
The Next Lap
What's next after the gear shop? Medeiros
and Bike Bristol already have
started discussing an expansion of
the biking assets in Rockwell Park,
as well as a network of bike trails
connecting the parks system and
other key destinations across the city.
In reflecting on the whirlwind of
development during the past several
years and the potential next steps,
Medeiros is excited to see Bristol
reach its full potential and to expand
the role of parks and recreation in
that process. " Bristol is where I live,
and there's something special about
working for the community you live
in. I've always seen so much potential
here, especially in our parks...
they are really the gem of the city. "
To hear Medeiros and Brian Archibald
talk more about the ways Bristol's new
pump track is bringing equitable youth
sports opportunities to the community,
tune in to the March bonus episode
of Open Space Radio at nrpa.org/
March2022BonusEpisode.
Nick Pitas, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Park and
Recreation Management at State University of New York
Brockport (npitas@brockport.edu). Sammie Powers, Ph.D., is
an Assistant Professor of Recreation, Park and Tourism
Management at Penn State Abington (slp408@psu.edu).
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