Northern Roots Bike Hub & Trails Consultation

‘The Northern Roots Bike Hub is a fantastic opportunity to develop a safe environment for cycling and other outdoor activities. It will attract local families and children to enjoy top class facilities and give everyone a safe place to be more active. Let’s all get involved in this survey, make our voices heard and push for this amazing opportunity for our local town’ Matt Walls, GB Cycling Team & Bora-Hansgrohe

Northern Roots is creating the UK’s largest urban farm and eco park on 160-acres of urban greenspace, five minutes from Oldham town centre. Over the coming weeks, Northern Roots will be running a series of community consultations – an opportunity for you to help shape the development of the project.

We’re starting with the Northern Roots Bike Hub & Trails consultation, which runs till 18th December 2020.  This consultation is essential to provide evidence to support a specific funding application – Sport England’s “Places to Ride” programme. We need as many people as possible to take part to improve our chances of securing this funding – please get involved, and share widely with your friends and family! Thank you.

Northern Roots is proposing to create a FUN, audacious, state of the art Bike Hub & Trails facility on the Northern Roots site. Building on creative ideas that came out of the mountain biking consultation we ran earlier this year, we need your help to shape and develop it!  What would YOU like to use, learn, operate or create at the Bike Hub?

The proposed Bike Hub & Trails facilities will include:

  • A Pump Track, with start hill and slope and a circuit of rollers, banked turns, jumps and differing features along the track line, allowing for a diversity of riders with different skill levels.
  • A Duel Track, consisting of 2 riding lines running side by side with mirroring features and lengths.  Testing the speed and bike handling skills of two cyclists at the same time will speed up progression as riders push themselves to get better and beat their friends.
  • A Skills Area, including short trail sections with boulders, wooden skinnies, ladders, dirt and wooden jumps, reflecting natural obstacles a rider can expect to encounter whist mountain biking, and allowing riders to practise balance, body positioning, and manoeuvres.

The Bike Hub facilities would include a refreshments Kiosk with viewing platform, bike shop, repairs and hire, bike wash and shower facilities.

These facilities would be complemented by an extensive events and engagement programme in partnership with a range of organisations and include activities like learn to ride and improvers’ sessions, competitive cycling events, and Club and holiday club activities.

Existing mountain bike trails on the Northern Roots site will be restored, and new graded mountain bike trails will fan out across the site, through its woodland areas.

What would YOU like to use, learn, operate or create? What fresh ideas can you bring? Please click on this link and share your ideas and suggestions with us!

If you’d like to enter our competition to win free entry to the Dirt Factory indoor bike park in Manchester, please give us your full name and email address at the end of the short online survey.  We’ve got 3 free tickets (entry and bike hire for kids or adults) and the lucky winners will  be drawn on  Wednesday 16th December in time for Xmas! Tickets have to be used by the end of January 2021. Find out more about the Dirt Factory here.

We’ll share some of the key ideas to come out of this consultation with you in 2021, so do follow us on Northern Roots TwitterInstagram and Facebook.

“I’m Matt Walls. I was born in Oldham and I ride for the Great Britain Cycling Team and a professional World Tour Road team called Bora-Hansgrohe. I started riding mountain bikes aged eight. I used to ride with my dad over Crompton Moor and Saddleworth. There were no specific trails in the Oldham area, so we had to make our own

Matt Walls, GB Cycling Team & Bora-Hansgrohe