The 170 m long asphalt track was constructed by Pump for Peace
Pump for Peace, a global initiative that aims to construct facilities in underdeveloped communities all over the world to make cycling accessible, has constructed the first-of-its-kind cycling track in Kupondole. The 170 m long asphalt track was constructed by a team that included Nepal By.cycle, Lalitpur Ward 1 office, and others.
A pump track is a playground for all wheel types, so you can use it to ride a BMX, a mountain bike, a scooter, an inline skate, or even a wheelchair occasionally. As there are no hazardous parts on it, even a child or complete beginner can roll it. The more experienced can find their challenges by jumping or combing different lines.
Though the project as a whole took three years to plan, the track in Kupondole was finished in less than ten days. Before Lalitpur Ward No. 1 joined the team, the team had first conducted scouting operations in various areas of Kathmandu, including Gokarneswor and Lubhu. They had to obtain permission from the Bagmati River Basin Improvement Project because the land was within the Bagmati Corridor.
Since 2004, the Velosolutions division of Caluari has constructed more than 400 pump tracks all over the world. Each is given a unique design by Caluari depending on the surroundings. In order to give Nepali riders a chance to qualify for the world championships, Caulauri’s next objective for Nepal is to host a qualifier for the Pump Track world championships.
(photo credit: claudiocaluori)