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Bluff Valley skatepark expansion includes pump track

 

October 12, 2019

Kim E. Strom/Daily Globe

Kyle Sheehan of Bessemer rides the pump track Thursday at Bluff Valley Park in Bessemer that he helped build himself. The pump track installation was a collaborative effort between the city of Bessemer, the Mission Skate Shop, two local businesses and several volunteers, including local youth.

By KIM E. STROM

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BESSEMER - Just outside the old tennis court at Bluff Valley Park in Bessemer where now lays a full skatepark, is what's called a pump track. A pump track is a series of hills and banked turns designed for bikers.

"It's called a pump track because essentially you enter it with the speed you're comfortable with and its features are made so you can carry that speed through the whole thing without peddling. Riders 'pump' down on the hills to gain speed and are able to travel around the track without having to peddle," said Mission Skate Shop owner A.J...



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