Build a Bike Park at Topaz Park

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I grew up playing in the fields and making forts in the trees and most of all, riding my bike. I lived on a rural property where I could play hard and explore on my own.  Being independent and active on a bike, and walking in the forest, helped me to learn confidence and gave me a sense of freedom.

I want both of my children to have these same experiences right here in Victoria, at our neighbourhood park in the Hillside-Quadra area. I want them to have the sort of childhood where they learn to be a bit independent, take calculated risks in nature (without us parents having to drive out of town). We visit bike parks at Goldstream, Hartland and North Saanich but these parks aren't easily accessible to many families without cars.

That’s why I'm asking the City to build two nature biking trails in Topaz Park in an area that already has many braided trails through threes and brush. It's in the south end of the park in the off-leash dog area. I would like to see trails with interesting features like 2-foot rolling bumps, table tops, log rides, and cornered berms. They would add excitement for bikers of all levels. (Beginners could go around the features or take them with an adult's support.)

An all-wheels park at the end of the trails (where the tennis courts used to be) would be a neat idea too - two connected areas to enjoy right here in our local neighbourhood. Cecelia Ravine Bike Park is really awesome but it is separated from Hillside-Quadra by a major transportation corridor.

Riding a bike teaches important lessons and valuable skills. Our city is moving towards a major regional cycling strategy, and a local bike park will help our children develop the foundation that they’ll need to take advantage of it. Let's strive to take cars off the road and protect our environment.

Sign my petition to tell the Mayor, Victoria City Council and Mr. Thomas Soullière, Director of Parks, that you support a Bike Park at Topaz Park.

See Build a Bike Park at Topaz Facebook group for updates, photos from our 3 children's biking events this summer/fall and more. Cheers!



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