Pump track upgrade at Granite Creek Park – a collaboration between the Prescott Mountain Bike Alliance (PMBA) and the City of Prescott

Prescott Mountain Bike Alliance (PMBA), announced today that it will soon upgrade the pump track at Granite Creek Park in downtown Prescott.

A pump track is a closed-loop practice track consisting of berms, jumps, rollers connected by bank turns. The rider “pumps” their way through in a continuous loop for as long as they wish, without having to pedal. Riding a pump track is a great way for people to learn and improve MTB skills while gaining confidence and having fun.

The plan is to upgrade the existing pump track to incorporate better flow and more progressive features. It will be expanded by 25% to include a flow lane, a jump lane, and a separate kid’s area. For details go to Prescottmtb.com/pump-track-upgrade.

Recreation Services Director, Joe Baynes said “We are excited to collaborate with this upgrade. This will be a safe place where families and people of all ages and skill levels can come to have fun, learn, and practice mountain biking skills”. The city has given its full support of the project, allocating additional land, and committing $5,000 worth of materials.

Owner of Prescott Landscape Professionals (PLP), Josh Crothers who is donating some of his time to manage the project said “I am committed to the success of this project. The benefits for the community, especially for teens and young kids are great. It can be a gateway to developing interest in sports and exercise”.

The new track will be built by Prodirt Parks, pump track professional developers specializing in building optimized pump tracks in small areas. The total cost is estimated at $50,000.

Ximena Florez, Board President of PMBA, said: “we plan to raise the funds for the project from the community within the next two months. We started a GoFundMe campaign and will be approaching the business community for sponsorships. YRMC, SpringHill Suites by Marriott and Subway have already made commitments towards the project, Thank you! We hope many more will follow”.

The build out is expected to take place during the months of May and June.

About PMBA – Prescott Mountain Bike Alliance is a non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve, protect and promote mountain biking, trail access and diverse riding opportunities on Prescott area public lands through community education, advocacy, tourism, and unified action.

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  1. Introducing children to mountain biking is CRIMINAL. Mountain biking, besides being expensive and very environmentally destructive, is extremely dangerous. Recently a 12-year-old girl DIED during her very first mountain biking lesson! Another became quadriplegic at 13! Serious accidents and even deaths are commonplace. Truth be told, mountain bikers want to introduce kids to mountain biking because (1) they want more people to help them lobby to open our precious natural areas to mountain biking and (2) children are too naive to understand and object to this activity. Parents: If you do not allow your children to play football in school, why are you allowing them to mountain bike? For 900+ examples of serious accidents and deaths caused by mountain biking, see http://mjvande.info/mtb_dangerous.htm.

    Bicycles should not be allowed in any natural area. They are inanimate objects and have no rights. There is also no right to mountain bike. That was settled in federal court in 1996: http://mjvande.info/mtb10.htm . It’s dishonest of mountain bikers to say that they don’t have access to trails closed to bikes. They have EXACTLY the same access as everyone else — ON FOOT! Why isn’t that good enough for mountain bikers? They are all capable of walking….

    A favorite myth of mountain bikers is that mountain biking is no more harmful to wildlife, people, and the environment than hiking, and that science supports that view. Of course, it’s not true. To settle the matter once and for all, I read all of the research they cited, and wrote a review of the research on mountain biking impacts (see http://mjvande.info/scb7.htm ). I found that of the seven studies they cited, (1) all were written by mountain bikers, and (2) in every case, the authors misinterpreted their own data, in order to come to the conclusion that they favored. They also studiously avoided mentioning another scientific study (Wisdom et al) which did not favor mountain biking, and came to the opposite conclusions.

    Mountain bikers also love to build new trails – legally or illegally. Of course, trail-building destroys wildlife habitat – not just in the trail bed, but in a wide swath to both sides of the trail! E.g. grizzlies can hear a human from one mile away, and smell us from 5 miles away. Thus, a 10-mile trail represents 100 square miles of destroyed or degraded habitat, that animals are inhibited from using. Mountain biking, trail building, and trail maintenance all increase the number of people in the park, thereby preventing the animals’ full use of their habitat.

    Mountain biking accelerates erosion, creates V-shaped ruts, kills small animals and plants on and next to the trail, drives wildlife and other trail users out of the area, and, worst of all, teaches kids that the rough treatment of nature is okay (it’s NOT!). What’s good about THAT?

    For more information: http://mjvande.info/mtbfaq.htm .

    1. Mountain bike is very therapeutic for a lot of people Who really need it specially veterans and people who suffer from PTSD anxiety and other mental disease
      I honestly prefer mountain biking Then to become a problem for society like a drug addict or a criminal
      I prefer that our children’s play outside then stay inside all the time playing on electronic devices
      Watching Fox news and becoming paranoiac instead of connecting with the others and enjoying nature .

      I prefer to use positive energy and instead of thinking the worst of others like how can I be in service to teach those future generation about preserving and taking care of nature the proper way.

      Everything in life is good with moderation
      And everybody Knows that Mountain biking have his risk Just like everything else in life
      If you fear to do something that you will never do it and therefore you never took a risk then you never truly live .

      There is no life without risk …

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