Mayor George Ferguson attends Ashton Court cycle trails anniversary
BRISTOL mayor George Ferguson celebrated the first anniversary of a pair of cycle trails in Ashton Court and Leigh Woods today.
The council chief attended an event at the Ashton Court Golf and Cycle Centre twelve months after the popular Nova and Yer Tiz trails were opened.
The new hard-stoned paths have attracted 12,000 cycles per month, according to the council, covering half a million miles in total.
A keen cyclist and former architect, Mr Ferguson praised the design of the adventurous cycle tracks. He said: "I hear it's impossible to get bored of these routes, so varied is the mix of routes and obstacles. It's great to see this fantastic setting used for healthy enjoyable pursuits. The sheer numbers who have used the routes this year speak for themselves."
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The trails were designed by Phil Saxena, who has worked on Olympic cross-country projects in the past.
Site owners Bristol City Council worked closely with the Forestry Commission, the National Trust, and the Rural Development Programme for England on the trails which are suitable for families and novice mountain bikers.
David Lane, from track sponsors Paligap Limited, said: "We want to ensure Bristol's world-class trails stay in top condition. The trails are a magnet for people of all ages and abilities, from young children to cycling athletes, providing valuable exercise and enjoyment. We have now been sponsoring the cycle trails at Ashton Court and Leigh Woods for five years, putting our money into trail maintenance for the enjoyment of all."
Riders can join the trails at a number of points and with 300,000 people within a 30 minute bike ride of the site, visitors are encouraged not to come by car but to travel to the area on local bike-friendly routes.
Along the route is a new purpose built cycle and golf centre with golf hire facilities, a café, toilets and indoor and outdoor seating areas.