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New bike pump track opens in Aireville Park - just in time for the summer holidays

Cyclists are celebrating after the new pump track in Aireville Park, Skipton, opened in time for the summer holidays.

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Young people have already been flocking to the track, which is free for anyone to use.

Sam Bland, aged eight, from Skipton, said: "It's epic!" His mum Deb said: "I feel so lucky that we have this in Skipton. My boys have been using the park since they were tiny and the pump track is such an asset! As a family we are very grateful and feel really excited about all the other plans there are for the park."

The scheme was paid for through a £25,000 grant from Yorventure and £15,000 from Craven District Council, along with £1,000 from the Tarn Moor Trust.

Cyclists are asked to comply with the rules of the track, which is for pumping, not pedalling. There are signs at the track explaining how to 'pump'.

Users should also wear helmets and other protective gear, and bikes should be in good working order with brakes. No scooters are allowed as they damage the track.

Cyclists are being urged to use the proper entrance to get on and off the track and keep off the soil, take litter home or use the bins, and be aware of other riders using the track.

Councillor Linda Brockbank, Craven District Council's lead member for Working with Communities, said: "The pump track is a fantastic addition to Aireville Park and part of our Tour de France legacy. It is a great sports facility for everyone from beginners to advanced cyclists.

"We hope everyone will respect the track and each other, and have a lot of fun this summer and in years to come."

A spokesperson for Yorventure said: "Yorventure and Yorwaste Ltd are delighted to support this exciting new facility for the children and young people of Skipton and surrounding areas. It's great news that the pump track is now open for the summer holidays."

Yorventure, an independent not-for-profit environmental body, gives out grants to community and environmental projects through the Landfill Communities Fund with landfill tax credits generated by Yorwaste Ltd.

Fiona Protheroe, chair of Friends of Aireville Park, said: "We're thrilled that the pump track is open in time for the summer holidays. It's brilliant to see such enthusiasm for the project and so many people using the park. We hope it's going to be a great summer and we can't wait for the new skatepark to open too, hopefully by the end of August."

The track consists of a start area, eight banked corners, five straights which have a mix of features such as single and double rollers, and two transition platforms that allow you to change direction. The total track length is 130 metres.

It is free to use during daylight hours, and through the Friends of Aireville Park, a user maintenance club will be established to help look after the track and organise informal events.

To find out more about the proposed user maintenance club, please email sports@cravendc.gov.uk