Work completed on new Summerhill cycle track

The construction of a new 750-metre cycling track at Summerhill Country Park has been completed.

It has been designed to provide accessible, traffic-free community cycling facilities and opportunities for people of all ages and cycling abilities.

The “free-form” tarmac track is fenced and floodlit and built on gently sloping terrain. It incorporates varying elevations and degrees of cornering difficulty.Two secure cycle storage containers have also been installed on site.

An aerial view of Summerhill cycle track.

An aerial view of the new cycle track

In addition, a dedicated balance bike and learn-to-ride area is being created on the grassed area to the side of the Summerhill Visitors Centre for younger people to learn new skills.

The project has been made possible by funding from British Cycling and Hartlepool Borough Council.

Construction work which started in February, has been carried out by Rainton Construction Ltd.

Councillor Shane Moore, Leader of Hartlepool Borough Council, said: “I’m absolutely delighted with the track, it looks great.

“It is a fantastic asset for the town and, in particular, will enable young people, families, disabled people and women to cycle more safely, more often.”

Summerhill staff members Keith Carter and Claire McDonald try out the new track

Summerhill staff members Keith Carter and Claire McDonald try out the new track

The track is now available for use by local cycling clubs. Testing of its accessibility will continue through June and it is expected to open for general use in July. An official opening is now expected to take place later in the summer, on a date to be confirmed.

A programme of activity for the track, including club sessions and “open” recreational cycling will be publicised online at www.gethartlepoolactive.co.uk/summerhill-cycle-track where people will be able to find out more about how to book and pricing.

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