This weekend, the City of Cape Town’s Recreation and Parks Department officially opened the new Langa pump track to riders.
Construction on the pump track, which is situated on the border between the Langa and Bridgetown/Bonteheuwel areas, started at the end of March last year.
A pump track is a planned route of asphalt berms and turns that includes a looped series of rollers and berms for bike riders.
The ground is layered with a French drainage system, a recycled milling layer, and finished with a layer of specialised asphalt surfacing.
The specialist pump track contractor significantly reduced their costs; large savings resulted from the use of recycled milling material and the reduced cost of trees supplied by the Newlands Nursery.
“The track is an opportunity for the Recreation and Parks Department to promote cycling in a safe space within the community and create fun and exciting experiences, especially for the youth. Road cycling already exists in Langa, and the pump track will also focus on BMX biking,” said Councillor Van der Ross.
Other areas that have a pump track include the Princess Vlei Eco Centre.
Rules regarding the use of the track are displayed at the facility, and safety gear is a requirement.
The Recreation and Parks Department will purchase a limited number of bicycles for use on the track and partner with the Langa Bicycle Hub organisation based at the facility to assist with Learn-To-Cycle programmes.