Little River Corridor Bicycle Pump Track Officially Opens to the Public
Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens and Ward 7 Councillor Jeewen Gill officially opened the region’s first asphalt bicycle pump track at the Little River Corridor Tuesday.
The new outdoor recreation facility, located at 9578 Little River Boulevard, features a 131-metre custom-made circuitous bicycle race track geared to adventure cyclists of all ages and skill levels. It is part of a $350,000 parks and recreation expansion funded by council to add new off-road cycling infrastructure to Windsor’s east end, including a 700-metre natural single-track beginner’s trail that was installed along the Little River Corridor in 2019. Both facilities – the pump track and single-track nature trail – are free to use and open to the public during regular park operating hours.
The pump track was designed and built by Velosolutions with input from Windsor’s off-road cycling communities and members of the public who attended four open houses hosted by the Parks Department. Velosolutions is renowned for designing professional-grade tracks used in the Red Bull UCI Pump Track World Championships. The Little River Corridor Bicycle Pump Track was built to the same world-class standards, only smaller. It is only the third such track in Ontario and the only asphalt pump track in Southwestern Ontario.
Featuring a looped sequence of berms and rollers on a grippy asphalt surface, the track is designed to offer a unique, challenging and safe course for cyclists in a safe environment that is open rain or shine.
Council approved a 10-year, $1.6-billion capital budget that invests in public infrastructure, including parks and recreation, to build up our city. This year, $17.5 million is earmarked to fund improvements to Windsor’s parks and recreation facilities.
“Since 2019, council has invested more than $900,000 to expand Windsor’s off-road cycling infrastructure at Little River Corridor and Malden Park. Council recognizes the popularity of unique recreation activities, such as bicycle pump track racing and off-road cycling. These sports have only grown more popular during the pandemic as more people look for new and fun ways to be active outdoors. We will continue to support new and emerging recreation options to meet the diverse activity needs of our residents.” – Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens
“Ward 7 has been fortunate to be on the receiving end of many positive investments by council. The new Little River Corridor Bicycle Pump Track is an exciting addition to Windsor’s expanding off-road cycling infrastructure. This is a premium quality track, and I am proud this world-class facility is now available for residents to safely use, free of charge, here in east Windsor.” – Ward 7 Councillor Jeewen Gill