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Bike Parks and Flow Trails

Photo: Cover art from IMBA's 2014 book Bike Parks: IMBA's Guide to New School Trails

A new, exciting era of bike park development is underway. Today, bike parks are getting built in attractive, easily accessed locations, and municipalities are funding them at the same level as other types of recreational facilities. Modern bike parks are designed to appeal to every skill level, with enough variety to keep riders coming back for years. Well-considered plans for maintenance and regular improvements ensure that these parks will be attractive and fun to ride for the long term.

IMBA has encountered a growing demand for information about how to plan, build and maintain successful bike parks, along with flow trails and other purpose-built bicycling facilities. In the fall of 2014, IMBA relased a book that documents all phases of planning, designing, building, and operating these facilities, with real-world success stories and multiple essays provided by leaders in the field. The resource offers 178 information-packed pages, including essays from more than two dozen expert contributors. The book is also packed with full-color photos, real-world bike park schematics, graphs, charts, and much more.

Topics include:

  • Inspiring a community-based vision
  • Fundraising strategies and partnerships
  • Risk management and liability
  • Design principles and concept documents
  • Contracting and construction advice
  • Maintenance and operations
The book can be ordered from IMBA's online store for $30, plus shipping. Discounts are available for quantities of one or more boxes.

Bike park and freeride enthusiasts based in the United States might also consider engaging with IMBA's Bike Park Initiaive. This project helps foster the development of world-class bike park facilities across the U.S. Based on the success of Boulder, Colorado's Valmont Bike Park, and other models, the initiative will help U.S. cities enhance their parks and recreation infrastructures. The effort has been developed in partnership with the SRAM Cycling Fund and PeopleforBikes.

Read more about bike parks and flow trails by viewing IMBA's online resources. Be sure to scan the menu on the right side of this web page for a menu of articles.
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