I need to now try and get the word out there and raise the overall profile of the bike park - I may need to demonstrate in future that there is a real need for this bike park. This petition goes some way to show that but an active Facebook page will help. It would be particularly great if those local to Didcot could get on the page. It's great that this idea has got support from further afield but the councillors will want to know there is a more local need and that the park will have a core of more frequent local users.
To: Didcot Town Council
Didcot Mountain Bike Park
We would like Didcot Town Council to approve, fund and build a mountain bike park in Didcot for the use of the mountain bike community, of all ages and abilities.
Why is this important?
Didcot's population has grown rapidly due to the creation of three significant housing developments. Along with local infrastructure considerations there needs to be provision of leisure facilities. Didcot has a vibrant mountain bike community thanks largely to its proximity to the Ridgeway. While this offers miles and miles of bridleway to improve ones fitness those looking to develop other bike skills need to look much further afield, often involving a drive, an option not available to the younger generation. The physical and mental benefits of any sport are well defined and mountain biking is certainly no different. Furthermore by providing enhanced leisure facilities we may be able to discourage anti social behaviour in the community. I believe a mountain bike park in Didcot would promote the town in a positive way, in line with the objectives of the garden town plan and promote physical and mental health in our local community.