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New southwest Calgary pump track opens for all-ages terrain biking

Calgary’s got a new bike track, and it’s sure to get people pumped.

The new South Glenmore Bicycle Pump Track, located at the west end of South Glenmore Park along 90 Avenue SW, is just under half-an-acre of asphalt hills and bowls.

This requires an up-and-down pumping motion rather than pedalling, promoting balance and an understanding of momentum. There’s 275 metres of asphalt track.

Parks Foundation Calgary is behind the project. It opens up a new, free, all-ages way for Calgarians and their kids to get out and get active.

“This new pump track is perfect for riders of all ages and skill levels,” said Sheila Taylor, CEO, Parks Foundation Calgary.

“Situated on the Rotary/Mattamy Greenway in South Glenmore Park, it can be easily accessed by bike from points throughout the city.”

Innovative design for Calgary pump track

The new South Glenmore Bicycle Pump Track. CONTRIBUTED

Local landscape architects Ground3 worked with Montreal design company Velosolutions, who have built tracks around the world. The unique design provides terrain for all skill levels without alteration to the track.

The new pump track is accessible along the Rotary Mattamy Greenway on the west end of South Glenmore Park.

The cost of the Calgary bicycling park was just over $500,000.

The pump track was funded by Parks Foundation Calgary, the Government of Alberta, Calgary Foundation, City of Calgary and Mountain Equipment Co-op. It was created in partnership with the Calgary Mountain Bike Alliance.