Child-sized road system cycling track opened in Nottingham park

A child-sized road system set in a Nottingham park has been designed to teach children to safely cycle on the roads.

The track teaches children how to use the roads. Image: Nottingham City Council
The track teaches children how to use the roads. Image: Nottingham City Council

The £135,000 junior bike track at Victoria Embankment has realistic road markings, roundabouts, road signs, zebra crossing and even working traffic lights.

The funding has come from WREN, the city’s Cycle Ambitious Fund and Section 106 payments.

Head of parks, open spaces and investment funding Eddie Curry said the track was inspired by a Heritage Lottery Fund conference which he attended with a colleague three or four years ago when a Scandinavian speaker showed a similar track from their country.

"It impressed us both. We finally managed to get the money together and deliver something quite unique. The day it opened it was rammed with kids on bikes. It will be very popular and have a functional use as well."

Curry and colleagues are planning a series of activities to make use of the track, including holding cycling proficiency courses there.

"We’ve had nothing but positive comments and requests for more tracks in parks in the city," he added.

The track is part of Nottingham’s city wide Cycle Ambitious programme. The council has secured Government transport funds for a range of projects, and the parks department has some of that for work in its parks on leisure cycling."

It has also delivered a BMX track in Broxtowe Country Park the size of nearly four tennis courts and a 1.5km off-road racing circuit at Harvey Haden Sports Village.


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