Water­view BMX pump track crit­i­cised

Auckland City Harbour News - - OUT & ABOUT - JAMES PASLEY

A new Auck­land BMX track is prov­ing too chal­leng­ing for young riders, an ex­pert says.

Water­view BMX track and skate park was opened by NZTA in Novem­ber but its pump track has al­ready re­ceived scathing re­views.

Pump tracks are short con­tin­u­ous tracks that can be rid­den without ped­al­ing.

Em­pire Me­dia Group founder Nic Scott, who posted a video of his ex­pe­ri­ence at the skate park on­line, said scratches on the track’s peaks showed the humps of the track were too steep.

‘‘The ba­sic fun­da­men­tal is­sue is the val­leys are too close to­gether and the peaks are too steep,’’ Scott said.

‘‘You can’t even roll over it, which kind of de­feats the point.’’

‘‘It’s a nice idea, but a lit­tle bit of a poor ex­e­cu­tion.’’

The park was sup­posed to cater for both novice and ex­pe­ri­enced skate­board­ers and BMX riders.

Scott said when he tried it out tod­dlers and chil­dren un­der 12 were hav­ing a ‘‘hell of a lot of trou­ble’’ and even par­ents walk­ing over to help their kids were fall­ing down.

In Fe­bru­ary NZME re­ported that a 43-year-old man broke his leg while rid­ing his BMX on the pump track.

On March 16 Mount Al­bert res­i­dent Chris Gra­ham planned on tak­ing his kids for a ride in the park but said it was too ad­vanced for them.

‘‘It seems like it’s for a more ex­pe­ri­enced bike rid­ing group,’’ Gra­ham said.

Gra­ham said the con­crete track looked eas­ier than it was.

‘‘In the 80s when I was a teenager I would go on BMX tracks that were like this but they were dirt, so I was cu­ri­ous about this one. But I think this is more ad­vanced.’’

Scott ap­plauded the coun­cil for build­ing the track but said it was a shame about the bad de­sign.

On so­cial me­dia site Neigh­bourly.co.nz Ep­som resi- dent Bran­don Wong said the the peaks and troughs were too steep to carry any speed without ‘‘face plant­ing’’.

He said the track could be fixed by par­tially fill­ing in the troughs or by mak­ing two rollers into one.

Aus­tralian skate park de­sign com­pany Con­vic, which de­signed the pump track, said it would not com­ment on the BMX park.

A coun­cil spokesper­son said it had not re­ceived any com­plaints about the BMX park.


Water­view’s BMX track and skate park has been open since Novem­ber.

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