Community board says yes to bike track

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"Community hub" . . . Saddle Hill Community Board member Paul Weir and his children (from left) Nico (3), Calla (6) and Jesse (9) test the tarmac of a proposed new bike track in Fairfield. PHOTO: SHAWN MCAVINUE

The wheels are turning to get a new bike track installed in a Fairfield park.

Saddle Hill Community Board chairman Scott Weatherall, speaking in his chairman’s report at a board meeting in the Municipal Chambers last week, pitched an idea for members to consider.

He had a quote for the assessment and design of a bike track to be painted on the court area in the park in Fairplay St.

In May, the board paid Fulton Hogan $2600 from its discretionary fund to resurface the court.

The $1656 quote from BikeSchool owner Dr Scarlett Hagen includes facilitating an idea generating meeting, track design and illustrations, working with contractors and providing on-site coaching to cyclists.

The cost for contractors to build the track would be extra, Mr Weatherall said.

A bike track at Marlow Park in St Kilda was popular with children and would be in Fairfield, he said.

Mr Weatherall moved the board accept the quote to get the project started, board member Paul Weir seconded the motion and every member present voted in favour.

Mr Weir said the track would make the park a “community hub for young ones”.

The money would be paid from the board discretionary fund in the next financial year.

Dunedin City Council transport group manager Richard Saunders said the council did a lot of work with BikeSchool including teaching cycling skills to Dunedin pupils.

He was happy to work with the board on the project as it had “value” for his department.

“We will fund the physical work component.”

Mr Weatherall thanked him for the offer.

‘Wow – that’s fantastic.”