A brisk spring day mid-week and the Pohe Island Bike Park was bustling with activity. With the building refurbishment now finished it is the perfect base for groups to congregate, train, or just enjoy some active recreation.
When we arrived this week a family group of rollerbladers was just finishing up making the most of the large smooth flat area in and around the building.
Whangarei District Council staff were trying out different e-bikes as part of their ‘Have a go’ days. The 800-meter Circuit Track is the perfect place to test-ride the bikes away from traffic. Being able to go from one bike to the next is a great way to see and feel the difference between the models.
Parafed Northland had a group of students over from Dargaville and they were all having a go on the equipment. Trikes, tandems, and handcycles – all quite large specialist equipment. The students were having a fantastic time. Basic skills could be mastered first on the flat area, and then a few laps of the Circuit Track allowed them to get a sense of speed and test out their fitness.
A couple of e-bikers came by commenting that it was a fabulous safe place to get their confidence back after a stroke. The Pump Track had numerous users while we were there including skateboarders and scooter riders and several runners dropped in for a quick drink on their way past.
The Bike Park is open to the public. Regular users should check out the Park Guidelines to ensure they are aware of any Health and Safety requirements. The webpage also includes information about how to book the facility for a special event.