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Have your say: Burnaby wants input on Mountain Air Bike Skills Course

The city wants to create a “first-class local destination for biking enthusiasts.”

Calling all mountain bikers and BMX buffs!

Burnaby is redeveloping the Mountain Air Bike Skills Course at 8486 Barnet Hwy., hoping to create a “first-class local destination for biking enthusiasts,” according to a press release.

The city wants the public to share their thoughts on detailed designs of the new park through an online survey which will run until Jan. 23.

The 15-year-old park will be redesigned, including features such as a drop-in staging area, viewing areas, a BMX section, flow trail and jump line sections and more for a mix of skill levels.

Last year, the city conducted an online survey to garner opinions about what the new park should include. The survey found many respondents want to see more “jump lines” included in the park, as well as drops.

The engagement report, which surveyed 60 people at an open house and 737 people online, was taken primarily by mountain bikers (95 per cent), while 23 per cent were local Burnaby residents.

An asphalt pump track was a popular feature survey respondents wanted to see in the redeveloped park, while wooden features like the pump track and skinny log rides proved unpopular.

Gravel surface “should be avoided at all costs,” as many people reported injuring themselves due to the “unstable soil and the sharp gravel rocks impacting their skin upon the fall.”

The project is expected to be finalized by summer 2023; a date for construction start is not yet determined.