5 Reasons why pumptracks are contagiously good

Although it’s not a disease we are talking about, this phenomenon is spreading. Just like laughter can be infectious so can ‘pump riding’ on your favourite bike, scooter or skateboard.

So we’ve searched the globe looking for the Top 5 Reasons why people in towns, councils, municipalities, business owners, not-for-profit organisations and clubs are investing in this contagious riding activity originating from the Czech Republic in Europe.

#Reason1 – It’s healthy to have fun

Creating laughter, happiness and joy amongst riders of all ages can have enormous health benefits. Feeling good is directly linked with better health, longer life and greater well being in numerous scientific studies. Here’s a blog we recently enjoyed reading from Harvard Health Publishing which shares more about the happiness-health connection.

# Reason2 – Active kids concentrate better

Active kids are fitter, have stronger muscles and bones, concentrate better in class and are more confident, and these are just some of the many benefits physical activity provides.  In the latest 2018 Report Card on Physical Activity of Children and Young People, Active Healthy Kids Australia (AHKA) outlines why it is so important to provide kids of all ages and all abilities an opportunity to ‘move more’. Check the summary version here

# Reason3 – Connected people are good people

Big statement I know. From 5 Ways Social Connection Makes you Healthier, Jessica Stillman writes :  According to the latest science, those who feel connected to others “have higher self-esteem, are more empathic to others, more trusting and cooperative and, as a consequence, others are more open to trusting and cooperating with them. 

We know that pump track riders enjoy being part of a community – a connection whether that is online or in their local town or neighbourhood. They share photos, stories and are really great at helping new riders – young and the not so young anymore. Pump track riders have proven to be a respectful and connected breed of people.

# Reason4 – Reduce the burden on the health care system

To help reduce the burden on Australia’s health care system, let’s provide more free local opportunities for people to easily enjoy good old fashioned fun activities like riding bikes and scooters safely – for example the installation of modular pumptrack parks in local suburbs – it’s that simple.  AKHA confirmed : We need immediate action in order to get our kids moving more everyday — they need to engage in activities that will get them ‘huffing and puffing’ as well as strengthening and developing their muscles and bones to ensure they are healthy heading into adulthood.

#Reason5 – Multi generational and cultural play benefits

  • 75% of children prefer outdoor play with parents or grandparents over video games

We especially love this one at Parkitect Australia HQ.  As Kent Callison wrote so perfectly in his article Multigenerational Play,  from toddlers to teenagers, to those in their twenties all the way up to grandparents, multigenerational play provides significant physical, emotional and social benefits. 

And to add to this, regardless of riders cultural background, riding a modular pumptrack gives them something they have in common while they are having fun! We’ve seen this so many times now – it’s simply proven across the globe!

Here’s a few cool clips to show you just what we mean.

Courtesy Luca Riemer: Germany

Courtesy ABC Goldfields-Esperance: Australia

2019-05-27T16:03:49+09:30April 1st, 2019|

Skatepark vs Dirt vs Modular Pumptrack

Everyday at Parkitect Australia HQ we hear stories about the excessive unnecessary money being spent around Australia on skateparks and dirt pump tracks.

What’s the big deal you may say?

Well although we love seeing kids and adults being active, we don’t love seeing money not being used to its best ability. For us it’s about Australian communities getting the best bang for their ‘rate paying’ bucks!

While the ongoing problems of erosion and the ever changing riding geometry exist, dirt pump track’s also only serve those people who love riding bikes, they do nothing for the kids and adults who love their scooters, skateboards or blades.

We see it as a no brainer.  Throughout Europe where space is limited and at a premium, townships have been squeezing Modular Pumptrack’s into neighbourhoods over the past 10 years to encourage active healthy fun on all wheels, for all ages and all abilities. Australia has so many open areas and yet we provide very limited space (if any) for kids to simply ride their bikes, scooters, skateboards and blades safely, near their homes, off the streets.   

Check out a bunch of YouTube links here from Europe

https://youtu.be/-xylpA3-bNc  Courtesy Lesgets TV

https://youtu.be/ssW_XAarKS8   Courtesy Flying Metal

https://youtu.be/6HvscB5dCC8  Courtesy Luca Riemer

Our passion is to give local communities and neighbourhoods the opportunity to have fun, socialise and be active on their favourite choice of wheels in their local park where it is free and easy to get to and from their home.

You see Modular Pumptrack’s are easy to install, easy to move, adaptable to the existing park environment and can be beautifully blended into the landscape. Modular Pumptrack’s create laughter, they create happy parents, they encourage healthy socialisation and offer a place where all ages can simultaneously ride safely together – adults and kids alike.

The proof is in the pudding as they say. The steady increase in tracks popping up in  neighbourhoods and towns across Australia is encouraging. Communities are embracing the European concept and people are ‘getting it’. It’s simple good old fashioned healthy fun.

The value offering of a skatepark and a dirt pump track simply does not compare in any way to the value offering of a Modular Pumptrack. For councils and developers it’s worth checking this phenomenon out before investing in something they wish they hadn’t.

Happy, healthy Aussies of all ages and all abilities having fun on more wheels more often!

Precast concrete Modular Pumptrack

2019-02-06T11:09:25+09:30March 1st, 2019|

Pumptracks Proving Popular

A great track record: pump tracks proving popular with Australian holiday parks – especially in Victoria!

With wheeled sports being so popular in Victoria, and the state boasting some of the country’s best mountain bike trail regions, the surging interest in pump tracks is not surprising.

For holiday parks, the combination of excitement for kids and relaxation for parents is not exactly a secret recipe – it’s tried and tested for increasing family night stays.

With today’s kids prone to short attention spans and sometimes more devices than hands, satisfying their recreational needs means having park attractions that get them moving, and keep them moving.

Enter the Modular Pumptrack System: Installed above ground, a pumptrack is a curved track with perfectlyformed bumps and turns, that enables anyone on wheels to ride with ease. Pumptracks provide a great riding and skating experience, in an allocated area – which also increases park safety.

So why have Victorian holiday parks jumped on board with such gusto? It’s simple really.

Modular Pumptracks are an ‘all-season’ attraction and for holiday parks across Victoria, this is very important.

The husband-and-wife team behind Parkitect, the Australian distributor of Modular Pumptrack, brought the product to Australia after seeing how well-enjoyed it was in Europe. Parkitect now custom-build tracks for virtually any space and budget.

Parkitect Co-founder Shaun Leicester says parents are driving this trend just as hard – wanting their kids to spend less time on screens and more time socialising and being active.

“The tracks are great for parents – the kids are kept active and safe, and parents can sit back and take a break. It’s a win-win,” says Shaun “For a park attraction, the ‘self installation’ set-up is quite simple and parks are experiencing a fast return on their pumptrack investment” commented Shaun.

Having purchased a Modular Pumptrack in 2017, John Hider-Smith of BIG4 Port Fairy says the track has become an important asset for his park.

“The equipment arrived on the day promised and we were able to install the track in two days, just in time to have it up and running by the Christmas holiday season,” said John.

“Its use by children of all ages is testimony to the popularity of this facility in our park.” Age is proving no limit for the all-season attraction.

The modular design means that rider flow and safety is guaranteed on every track design – whatever the age and skill level.

The Modular Pumptrack System allows people to engage in the play-space together, having fun on bikes, scooters and skateboards, challenging themselves in a controlled environment while having fun with family and friends.

“Our Modular Pumptrack has been an absolute hit with our guests, both young and old. It’s a great asset to our park.” shared Fiona and Adrian, Managers at BIG4 Apollo Bay Pisces Holiday Park.

So far in Victoria, BIG4 Port Fairy, BIG4 Mornington Peninsula, BIG4 Apollo Bay Pisces Holiday Park and Nagambie Lakes Leisure Park have installed Modular Pumptracks, with more deliveries in the pipeline. Whilst seasonal Modular Pumptrack locations across Victoria including Mt Buller and Dinner Plain are helping create an enormous following which is directly feeding into the Victoria holiday park industry.

Additionally, Bicycle Network Victoria actively uses their ‘mobile’ Modular Pumptrack to promote riding at schools and community bike events, driving more and more kids and their parents to search for pumptrack locations.

2018-05-09T12:41:21+09:30May 9th, 2018|

Why do Aussies love Modular Pumptrack?

We may be slower than Europe to pick up on trends but Aussies are definitely starting to really understand why the European designed pump tracks are super cool to ride.

So we went in search for what is making the pump track such an attractive option for play grounds, play spaces and caravan parks?

The answer was right there in front of us.

Pump tracks are not an intimidating concrete or steel monstrosity, in fact they are not ugly at all.

Pump tracks gently flow around the landscape, tracking between existing big and small trees, around corners, along side playgrounds, inside old tennis courts – they are just so friendly on the environment.

So now we get what Europe has been on about for the last 10+ years but our question of; Why do Aussies specifically love a ‘Modular Pumptrack’ was still unanswered.

Digging much deeper we found that the Modular Pumptrack System built in Europe by Parkitect definitely has significant advantages over traditional dirt or even asphalt pump track build methods.

The Modular Pumptrack patented design and manufacturing methods (both Precast Concrete and Timber Composite) are award winning for really good reasons. On closer inspection, when multiple combinations of the 11 perfectly engineered modules are used to create a pump track, the perfect riding flow is created very easily. And because everyone is having fun on their choice of wheels, like bikes, scooters, skateboards and blades at the same time, it makes for a super happy place for all ages.  A very cool concept.

Based on the amount of public and private money that has been spent on skate parks and traditional pump tracks in the past, it’s clear that if the perfect riding flow is not achieved, the investment will not be enjoyed as intended and therefore can easily result in becoming a problem space.

We now get it too.  When it comes to rider enjoyment and safety, you should only want to invest in a designed track that is proven by thousands upon thousands of riders, from beginner to the most experienced pro-rider and that’s why Parkitect’s Modular Pumptrack System has made such an impact in Australia.

Here in Australia we may be slow to take on Europe’s latest trends but at least now with the global successes of Parkitect’s Modular Pumptrack System we can have the confidence to invest in a proven product that guarantees an awesome riding experience.

2018-02-19T12:29:12+09:30December 18th, 2017|