Charity step closer to bike track at Marks Gate

PUBLISHED: 09:00 13 February 2016

Marks Gate bike track - how it might look

Marks Gate bike track - how it might look


Sustrans entry for a share of £30,000 from Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme could new community facility built.

Over the next three weeks the Post will be profiling finalists on the shortlist for a share of £30,000 from Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme.

First on the list are plans from charity, Sustrans, for a bike track in Marks Gate.

If the plans become a reality bike fans and adrenaline junkie could soon be enjoying all the thrills of a state-of-the-art pump track.

The charity has unveiled an artist’s impression of the track which could be enjoyed by all bike fans if it is successful in winning a grant from the Tesco’s scheme, in partnership with the Post.

The plans for the track includes a looping trail featuring small hills that can be ridden continuously.

Sustrans, which encourages people to travel by bike, foot or public transport, has already been working in the area for the past few years to find ways for the community to have a greater say over how their public space is used.

The idea for a bike track came out of this work and concerns about anti-social behaviour from young people who have time on their hands and nowhere to go.

Project officer Louise Gold explained: “We want to get young people involved in the project. People will hang out but don’t have anything to do. They can learn new skills. I am hoping that when they see young people have nothing to do this will satisfy that.

“The hope is to take young people and give them something to do outside that is healthy.”

Although the site for the bike track is yet to be decided Sustrans is currently in discussions with Barking and Dagenham council about suitable locations.

However, Louise is keen that it is somewhere visible to help ensure a sense of community ownership.

She said: “We want it to be in an area overlooked by residents and with other activities in the park.

“We want it to be a bit of a draw for teenagers.”

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