Bare Creek Bike Plan – YOUR Help Needed

Do you want a purpose built bike park on the Northern Beaches – one that is dedicated to mountain biking? We need your help and a call to action to pick up your pens and write to some politicians. This is your opportunity to ensure that the Northern Beaches has a dedicated off road bike riding facility, but it won’t happen unless you show your support. Without your action, this facility will be doomed. The Council vote is on May 27 so don’t delay!

The issues behind the Belrose Bike Park are now starting to firm up. There is a DA for its use as a bike park and Council will be meeting on the 27th May to vote on whether it will support the facility – at present it does not have the required number of votes. The issue at the heart of this is that current estimates indicate around $200k of annual costs for maintenance and Council are reluctant to take on further recreational costs if there is little perceived support from the community.

The park and its trails will be designed to best practice and while not rivalling Stromlo will be an exciting venue. The costs of construction of the trails will be met out of the budgets for the Belrose tip site remediation budgets. There is the prospect of a substantial downhill and cross country bike facility being established. It isn’t often that a 35 hectare site comes onto the market.

Map of the proposal is shown above. It essentially involves various trails of varying difficulty from beginner to advanced. A more indepth report can be found at this link: http://media.wix.com/ugd/149690_96e6c98e8e3505e2796f084595e6cee3.pdf

The positives for the facility are:
1– It will be the only dedicated mountain biking and CX facility in the Sydney Metropolitan area of any length. (There is a small park in Hornsby)
2– It will be able to cater for all types of riders and permit club and open mountain bike and cyclocross races.
3– It will be a facility that can be used by schools for training as part of their sports programs.
4– It can be used by bike suppliers and distributors for Demo days within a controlled space.
5– The Park has the potential to have facilities including toilets, retail, cafe/coffee van, mountain bike club house and storage facility.
6– The park will encourage riders off exiting illegal trails.
7– The park has the potential to link into the Manly Dam / Bantry Bay trails and link via Cascades trail.

It is important that club members write to council and to all councillors to support this proposal, otherwise it will be fenced off and mowed 6 times a year with no public access. This will mean that the growing number of riders will be forced to use the dwindling available trails for their off road riding. If we do not show our support for this project, it is currently doomed for failure.

The Northern Beaches has no purpose built cycling facilities. With space at an absolute premium on the Northern Beaches this is the only viable proposal in the short and long term. If we lose this option, there are very few other options in the future.

The potential size and uniqueness of the facility will make it a draw card for riders from all over Sydney, but it needs your support – we aren’t asking you to give up a weekend, just your time to pen a letter of support to Council. This will be a place for children to learn to ride and adults to ride and race. Please show your support and spread the word.

Please email the Council:
mayor@warringah.nsw.gov.au ; vanessa.moskal@warringah.nsw.gov.au ; wayne.gobert@warringah.nsw.gov.au ; vincent.deluca@warringah.nsw.gov.au ; sue.heins@warringah.nsw.gov.au ; pat.daley@warringah.nsw.gov.au ; bob.giltinan@warringah.nsw.gov.au ; roslyn.harrison@warringah.nsw.gov.au ; duncan.kerr@warringah.nsw.gov.aujose.menano-pires@warringah.nsw.gov.au

15 Comments

  1. Victor de Sousa

    21/05/2014 at 5:36 pm

    Currently I’m restricted to taking my kids to unsafe and uncontrolled trails for any outdoor bike activities. A controlled and groomed trail environment is the perfect way for my kids to enjoy the outdoors and provide a fun and real alternative to computer games or equivalent. Also, it’s an important alternative for those kids who are not into surfing.

    Please consider the use of park facilities for recreational bikers, just like they are able to accomplish in parks in the USA and Europe. A great addition to our local area.

  2. We all need to mobilize to get to the meeting on the 27 May, I work in local government and this does have an impact. We also need to bombard councillors with email and make appoitments to see them – I would also starting calling them to talk about it. So plan of action is; start calling, email them and get to the meeting.

    We also need speakers to talk for the proposal at council!!

    Happy to help where i can!!!

    PR

  3. Michael Barlow

    21/05/2014 at 7:47 pm

    Hi I am a member of the Sutherland Cycling Club and Cycling Australia
    What is being proposed for the Bare Creek Bike Plan would be amazing
    I have a 6 year old son who loves to mountain biking and races at Sutherland, I often travel to Manly Dam to join friends who live on the North side of Sydney but can’t bring my son as the dam is to advanced. The Bare Park plan would be a fantastic venue for kids and adults of all ages to enjoy the fresh air get some much needed exerciser and intern promote healthy living and help the ever increasing physical and mental health problems in our modern society.
    The small cost of providing this kind of bike park would be far less than the strain on our health system with out it.
    Also the local commerce is sure to benefit
    Kind Regards

    Michael Barlow

  4. Michael Barlow

    21/05/2014 at 7:56 pm

    Hi I am a member of the Sutherland Cycling Club and Cycling Australia
    What is being proposed for the Bare Creek Bike Plan would be amazing
    I have a 6 year old son who loves mountain biking and races at Sutherland, I often travel to Manly Dam to join friends who live on the North side of Sydney but can’t bring my son as the dam is to advanced. The Bare Park plan would be a fantastic venue for kids and adults of all ages to enjoy the fresh air get some much needed exerciser and intern promote healthy living and help the ever increasing physical and mental health problems in our modern society.
    The small cost of providing this kind of bike park would be far less than the strain on our health system in time to come.
    Also the local commerce is sure to benefit
    Lets make this happen and bring some real joy to the people of Sydney

  5. Andy Betterton

    23/05/2014 at 9:21 am

    I can’t make the meeting I’m afraid but have written to the council;

    Hi,

    I am writing to you to express my support for this proposal. Aside from my own enjoyment of the sport I urge you to approve this proposal for the following reasons.

    Cycling is the 3rd most participated sport by males and 5th by females in Australia (source: abs 2012)
    The number of overweight children in Australia has doubled in recent years, with a quarter now considered obese (source: better health)

    The demand for this facility exists and the need for this facility to encourage future generations to lead healthier happier lives is without question. Let’s not be the generation that sat back and watched our kids have a shooter life expectancy than their parents as is now happening in the USA.

    Regards
    Andy

  6. Such a facility would attract riders from all over Warringah and other parts of Sydney and be great for Local Businesses – coffee shops, cafes and bike shops, supermarkets and hardware’s.
    Cycling is extremely popular and is becoming the “new Golf” in the corporate sector, I would expect that the ongoing maintenance costs could be covered in full or part by offering sponsorship and advertising space at the park.
    I understand the costs of construction of the trails will be met out of the budgets for the Belrose tip site remediation budgets, therefore this has to be a win-win for everyone in Warringah.
    Personality I ride at the Manly track and this is extremely popular and attracts hundreds of experienced riders but is not suitable for less experienced and younger riders. My 10 year old loves mountain biking and the Bare Creek Bike Park would be a great place to go as a family.

  7. Philip White

    25/05/2014 at 2:32 pm

    Is there a link to the DA on the council website? I’ve had a look but can’t find anything like that.
    I’ve just written to all the council members to support the plan 🙂
    I also pointed out that mountain bike parks like this are most successful when the local clubs take ownership of them and organise maintenance days etc. I hope you guys are up for that! (There is a short track in Wahroonga, “Jubes”, that I don’t think any club looks after, and it went from good to crap in a few years 🙁 and I know you wouldn’t want that)

  8. Jubes is a perfect example of how to set up a facility to fail.
    Number one mistake was to disregard rider input.
    Number two was to listen to anonymous and factually incorrect scandalmongering that the trail was going to be for motos and noise would be a problem.

    Anyway, letter sent. I also think we need to turn up in person. It DOES make a big difference.

  9. Peter Mcnamara

    25/05/2014 at 5:44 pm

    Hi All,

    Warringah Council has posted the Agenda for Tuesdays meeting. Item 8.2 is the Mountain bike park proposal
    http://www.warringah.nsw.gov.au/your-council/meetings/council-meetings
    Please turn up in person as it will make a big difference.

  10. Peter Mcnamara

    25/05/2014 at 5:48 pm

    petemwcc@optusnet.com.au
    If you would like to help!!!

  11. Glenn Dickson

    25/05/2014 at 6:28 pm

    Great idea , we so need a park for all sorts of reasons , as Mountain biking is such a growing sport , all other sports have venues , here’s our only chance for a dedicated venue on the northeren beaches. Manly Dam is great but can not hold MTB events there.
    Letter to council member next ……

  12. To whom it may concern,
    Please consider this proposal and the associated benefits to the local community. This park will provide a safe and designated area for recreational mountain bike riding, attracting riders and associated tourist dollars to the area. This designated park will contribute to a healthier population, decreasing the burden of chronic and complex health conditions. This precinct will additionally increase the safety of riders, providing designated and alternative trails away from high traffic shared areas.

  13. Sadly, I can’t make it along tonight but letters have been written and sent. This bike park is good for so many reasons. I’ll rally the troops and see if we can get a bunch along to the meeting tonight, if not support with letter writing etc.
    Maintenance days are a great idea for the local cycling community to give back, I know it works well in other areas. It’s in our interest to ensure the trails are safe and well maintained.

  14. Trent Sutton

    27/05/2014 at 9:19 pm

    We are surrounded by playing fields of all types. Equestrian facilities, shooting facilities and even Radio controlled devices have their spaces. Mountain biking is popular recreation for a wide cross section of the community that should be supported. The creation of a facility like this would lessen impacts elsewhere. Create business opportunity for local business from people coming from outside to use them. It woikd add to the tourist industry away from our beaches and feed of that market.
    Pls vote yes!

  15. Did it get the approval ??

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