Saturday, October 20, 2012

Check out FINAL PhillyPumptrack drawings at the Philly Bike Expo 10/27-28 at the Armory. Gotta get this thing BUILT!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Moving along slowly! But moving!

So it's a day before August and we haven't a track! I know it's a bummer but there are some civil engineering tasks that we are waiting on. Anytime you work with a big city, there is going to be a certain amount of beuracracy to get through. Please be patient. We are all itching to start!

Fortunately we have good support, and still have money in the bank, (never enough, hint, hint).

We did receive an awesome donation from Wolf Cycles! Thank you Wolf! They are the closest shop to the pumptrack and are at 4311 Lancaster Ave, Philadelphia PA. You should totally go and support them or at least say hi. Wolf is a shop that has been around for over 50 years and was recently bought by the lovely people at Firehouse Bicycles. Strong community supporters and really nice people occupy their businesses!  

The pumptrack is coming! 

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Join the PhillyPumptrack Crew Saturday, May 5th

Join the PhillyPumptrack crew on Saturday May 5th for a Parkside Neighborhood Awareness Day on site. 12-3pm. Food and Drinks. Stop by to see the plans, the dirt, ask questions, and find out about the build schedule and volunteer opportunities. Harlan Price will lead a mountain bike ride after the event at ~3pm to the Belmont Plateau Trail System. More details will be posted soon.

View Philly Pumptrack's coming location! in a larger map

New Plans Submitted to Parks & Recreation for Approval

New plans submitted to Parks & Recreation for approval. We could be building in early May! Stay tuned for volunteer opportunities.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Closing the final budget gap! Donate through Chip-In.

This is for real folks! I've been getting some feedback from people who have heard that the Pumptrack isn't a sure thing! Maybe that's out fault , and we needed to have done a better job of letting the world know that this is for real. 

As we get closer to ground breaking for the Philadelphia Pumptrack the time has come to close the gap on the financial needs. We project that the first phase of the Pumptrack will cost approximately $26,000 and we are currently at almost $16,000. In order to finish this phase and make the track immediately usable and safe for the public we need to raise enough to construct the fencing, plant erosion-control ground cover, purchase drainage hardware and buy a cistern for water capture. 

The fencing has been beautifully designed by Wells Appel to incorporate inexpensive, functional and flexible materials. We have decided to go with slabs of stone and boulders. We are planning to buy what the city cannot dig up. We will gladly take donations of any materials that help shrink our budget and fit the needs. 

Anyone who wants to receive a tax deduction receipt for their donation above $500 should go directly through the Bicycle Coalition Of Greater Philadelphia. We ask that you specify the Philly Pumptrack as the recipient of your donation. 

Check out the preliminary designs from Wells Appel, a picture of the dirt and some building materials. If you or someone you know might be interested in donating in-kind resources please let us know!!

Rest assured. The pumptrack is happening. As a matter of fact, the city dropped off 5 five tri-axles of fill for the track's base this week. We are finalizing the designs with Landscape Architects Wells Appel. 

We got dirt!!!

You might even be interested in knowing that we are going to build two pumptracks in the space. One will be a simpler figure 8 track for beginners and novices to get their legs under them and the other larger one will be more challenging, allowing riders to experiment with more line choices and challenge themselves! This way the track will stay dynamic and cater to riders of all levels!

These Karney Stones are what we are most likely going to use as a majority of the fencing. It will keep out ATVs, provide sitting areas and be movable in the future if we change the track around. 

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Skidmutro Creative Donates to Pumptrack!

Skidmutro  has made a generous donation to the Philadelphia Pumptrack! Owners Travis and Sierra Skidmore have been long time advocates in the Philly cycling scene and they have once again stepped up to create a better world for cyclist!

Here is a big fat logo of theirs!

 "We felt inspired by the Philadelphia PumpTrack vision and wanted to get involved to help see that vision become a reality," says Travis Skidmore. Skidmutro sees Philadelphia PumpTrack as an amazing opportunity to create a special place for kids to gain skills, exercise and participate in something that offers an alternative activity to organized team sports."

If you find yourself needing some design work give Travis a Sierra a shout. 

Thanks Skidmutro!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

The Philly Pumptrack has won a spot at the table for the Community Sourced Fundraising from Philly Stake. Dinner participants will get to vote who among ten community projects gets to receive the money raised from the dinner.
Come out this Sunday for an amazing meal, learn where we are at with the pumptrack and vote for us to receive more funds!

Remember! We only won a chance to present our project. We still need you to come out and vote to have the Pumptrack receive the grant!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

A cool concept pumptrack bike from Specialized

This isn't going to production anytime soon but it does demonstrate the fun Specialized has when playing with bike design.
Stiff, light and a lowered bottom bracket make it specific to a pumptrack. They might as well have taken the chain off!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012


Despite the fact that most of these kids are not wearing helmets, this video smartly captures the spirit of why we are so driven to build pumptracks in this great city! View Video Here

Monday, January 23, 2012

Philadelphia’s First Pumptrack Gets Community Approval!!!!!

Councilman Curtis Jones and Community Groups give final approval for Philly's first Pumptrack!

On Monday, January 9, 2012, Councilman Curtis Jones, his Deputy Chief of Staff Morgan Cephas and Lucinda Hudson, Executive Director of Parkside Development Corporation and Parkside Community Association, met with representatives from PhillyPumptrack and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation to discuss the development of a pumptrack at Parkside-Evans Playground, 53rd Street and Parkside Avenue.  PhillyPumptrack reps Harlan Price, Kenn Rymdeko, and Heidi Grunwald showed a short video presentation and explained the look and use of a pumptrack along with identifying the many benefits and opportunities a pumptrack brings to a community.  Following the presentations and a round of discussion among the group, Councilman Jones stated, “I like this project; if she (pointing to Ms. Lucinda) and the community likes it, then I approve”.  On the following Thursday, January 12th, the Parkside Community Groups, under the leadership of Ms. Lucinda, listened to a joint Parks & Recreation and PhillyPumptrack presentation about the proposed pumptrack.  After numerous questions and an internal discussion, the group voted to add a pumptrack to their community.  Thanks to the vision and support of  Councilman Jones and the Parkside community, Philadelphia's very first pumptrack will be in the Councilman's district which already includes much of the parkland and trails that the biking community enjoys.   

This has been a long journey but we still have quite a way to go before our first ride on the track.  PhillyPumptrack is grateful to Philadelphia Parks & Recreation for their interest and efforts in advancing this project and we look forward to our continued relationship.  We are also thankful to the other groups and individuals who have already pledged their support and we are anxious to start work with them and our broader audience in making this and future pumptracks a reality in Philadelphia.  For the exact location of the Philadelphia's first pumptrack click here.

View Philly Pumptrack's coming location! in a larger map

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Central Bucks Bike Club awards $3000 to PhillyPumptrack Project

Central Bucks Bicycle Club has generously awarded PhillyPumptrack $3000 towards the construction of Philly’s first-ever Pumptrack. The award went directly to the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia and was ear-marked for PhillyPumptrack. We are so thankful and are further motivated by adding Central Bucks Bike Club to our list of sponsors in this effort. The commitment to provide cycling opportunities for urban youth is at the core of this project. We encourage all cyclists, new and old to join us in the build phase, to be announced in early Spring.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Calling All DirtJumpers, BMXers, and Fans Alike

Catty Woods Trails Fundraiser will be held Sunday, January 22nd, 5:30-8:00pm. Raising funds for trail work and insurance for the year. Check out the trails. Tix are $30, great menu. Location is: 1103 6th St. North, Catasauqua, PA 18032. Tix are cash only and will be sold through 1/19/12. Contact Dave King at 

Make a day of it, Ride the Indoor Pumptrack in Kutztown at Kings Cyclery  and head on up to the fundraiser dinner.