The mountain biking and bmx community in Auckland is growing bigger and bigger. More and more people of all ages are getting into the sport due to the exposure sites such as Youtube have given the sport as well as events like the X-Games
With events like X-Games many of the younger new riders are getting into street riding and dirt jumping. These two disciplines are easy to get into as they have the smallest initial investment and cost the least over time.
Street riding is very easy to get into because as the name suggests, it is done in urban environments and at skate parks. Due to the many skate parks in Auckland, street riders have many places to ride. Auckland is also an urban environment giving street riders even more places to ride.
Riders looking to get into dirt jumping on the other hand don't have many places to ride. Dirt jumping is a discipline of biking in which dirt is shaped to form take off and landing ramps. Excluding the Birkenhead Dirt Jumps, there are no free to use public dirt jumps in Auckland. There are dirt jumps at the Woodhill Forest Bike Park however as Woodhill Forest is located so far from the main population of Auckland it makes it difficult for younger riders to get to them.
Because of this, secret dirt jumps have been built all around Auckland on public and private land. These jumps are often well hidden in the forest making them hard to access. This can be a problem as if done wrong, dirt jumping can be a dangerous sport. If a rider was to fall off and injure themselves while riding at these secret jumps it is very difficult for paramedics to access them as the jumps are often hard to get to and well hidden and the longer an injury is unattended to the worse it will get. These hidden jumps make it hard for new riders to get into dirt jumping as well because they are often too big for beginners too ride and because private jumps are often well guarded by the locals. A dirt jump park would also provide the youth of Auckland with a positive outlet for their energy.
Because of these reasons, I believe us Aucklanders needs another dirt jump park. One that is easy to access, one with jump lines for inexperienced riders right up to professional riders. Many other towns and cities around New Zealand and the world have free public dirt jumps parks so why can't we, as the biggest city in New Zealand, have one?
Examples: The legendary Gorge Road Dirt Jumps, Queenstown (often referred to as the best public dirt jumps in the world), the Hawkes Bay,Timaru, and Taupo is set to get a dirt jump park.
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