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Monday, July 9, 2012

Portland Has a Pump Track Now!

Posted by Sarah Mirk on Mon, Jul 9, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Woop woop! Today the city dedicated Portland's first pump track—a hilly dirt track that people can ride in a loop without pedaling. While Portland is known for being a bike city, we actually have pretty dismal mountain bike offerings. Only one-third of a mile of Forest Park's 70 miles of paths are the narrow "singletrack" paths mountain bikers seek out, so to get really decent mountain biking, most people drive far outside of the city. Other people illegally carve paths out of Portland's parks.

Well now mountain bikers can head out to Ventura Park at SE 115th and Stark, where volunteers built a pumptrack with the city's blessing as part of an initiative to improve parks East of I-205. Here's a video of some cute kids to prove the place exists, from a few months ago when it was still under construction:

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