We’ve been working with Monmouthshire County Council and Welsh Cycling to prepare plans to create a ‘Velo Park’ cycling facility in the Abergavenny area to enhance the reputation of the town and county as one of the foremost cycling destinations in Wales. The initiative builds on the partnership with local clubs to promote grassroots cycling and high profile and successful national and regional scale cycling events held in the town in recent years.
In Monmouthshire, there is a commitment to increase the accessibility and quality of physical activity opportunities for all residents, with the aim of supporting healthy lifestyles for its residents and allowing them to achieve their sporting potential. It includes ensuring cycling is a mainstream activity, and for Monmouthshire to meet its National and International reputation for cycle sport and tourism.
Developing the physical infrastructure, making cycling safer, easier and more integrated across Monmouthshire includes a commitment to developing a Velo Park including a closed road circuit (CRC) to act as a base for cycling across the county. The facility will support the promotion of cycling for leisure, tourism, club and school development as well as national and regional level racing and event.
Our team* prepared the feasibility studies and designs for the proposed Velo Park which includes a mix of facilities suitable for road, cyclocross and entry-level mountain biking. The emphasis is on providing features that attract a broader range of users (families, leisure cyclists, competitors) to experience coaching, training, racing as well as recreational use. It will also be available for other wheeled non-motorised sports including running, roller skiing and use by wheelchairs and adapted bikes.
The design of the Velo Park has carefully balanced the sites sensitive landscape and ecology with the suitability of the terrain and nearby facilities to support cycling and wheeled sports.
The scheme design was launched this week to encourage the local community and stakeholder to comment prior to the submission of a planning application in early 2021. Details of the scheme can be found here http://www.monmouthshire.gov.uk/velo-park
*Our team – we worked with Cotswold Transport Planning, Element Urbanism and HydroGeo