Bath gets grant for bicycle 'pump' track

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BATH — The city is receiving one of two BikeMaine grants from the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, the organization announced Monday.

Bath will receive about $2,700 for a “pump” track in a vacant lot between the Bath Skatepark and Bath Middle School.

“A ‘pump’ track is a small, looping course of banked turns and other features, designed to be ridden without pedaling,” the coalition explained. “Instead, riders gain momentum by ‘pumping; with up and down movements on the bicycle. The track will be equipped with 30 high-quality bicycles and helmets, as well as tools and supplies for maintenance.”

The Washington County Council of Governments also received a grant in the second year of BikeMaine funding.

  • Wes Adams

    This is really cool IMO.

  • But let’s be realistic; this “pump” track is for doing “tricks”, Not actual bicycle-riding. It won’t serve any transportation purpose…
    And who’s going to keep an eye on those 30 bikes? What are the chances they’ll get vandalized or go missing ?
    Seriously , state of Maine should concentrate it’s efforts on Roadside Vegetation Management. There are places where some tree trimming (low hanging branches) could give everyone ten or twelve feet more space ,for parking, passing , or bicycling along the roads.