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Bickerstaffe bike trails officially open to the public

Community hopes tracks will be enjoyed by young and old alike

Bickerstaffe bike trails were officially opened last weekend

Mountain bikers blazed a trail to Bickerstaffe for the official opening of the new cycle track.

The trails which have been provided by Bickerstaffe Parish Council and Lancashire County Council are located on a former colliery spoil heap.

The trails are all of varying difficulty to suit both experienced cyclists and those new to Mountain Biking.

Representatives from LCC, the Parish Council and the Lancashire Environment Fund who were the principal source of funding for the project gathered to watch mountain biker Nigel Page of Chain Reaction cut the ribbon to launch the trails.

Large numbers of cyclists also attended the event and showed off their skills on the jump line.

The trails have already proved very popular and the Facebook page set up for the cyclists, ‘Bickerstaffe Cycle Track’ has over 1700 members.

Jackie Smith, Bickerstaffe Parish Clark, said: “The launch went really well last Friday, it was great to see everyone who has been involved in the project come together for the opening.

“It’s been 18 months since we had the initial idea and it’s come together really quickly.

“We wanted something for the young people to do in Bickerstaffe and so far it’s been very well used by local people.

“But lots of people have also come from further afield as the word has spread about the trails.

“We’re hoping that the facility can be used to help train mountain bikers of the future and really help to bring people on in the sport.

“It’s brought a real buzz into the local community and absolutely everyone is talking about the new trails, we just hope the popularity will grow.”

The trails are free to use and are open all the time, allowing for night time rides to take place.

The tracks are located opposite Quattro’s restaurant near Junction 3 of the M58.