Cycling column with Becky Cox of Swindon Cycle Campaign
Something exciting is happening at the end of this year - Swindon will have a new cycling, football and wellbeing hub!
Yet to be given its official name, the multisport and recreation hub has been years in the making, and work on its construction is now underway at the site in Moredon. Swindon Borough Council are the Project Managers and Central Swindon Parish Council the preferred operator when the build is completed.
The Moredon hub will be the location for a closed-circuit, floodlit cycling track providing 1.2km of safe, traffic-free ‘road-style’ cycling, along with a new BMX pump track and a cyclo-cross course. It is intended that this will be the new base for Swindon’s ‘learn to ride’ and ‘cycle confidence’ sessions, along with disability and school groups.
There will be plenty of space for community and sports groups, too, with the construction of a new pavilion containing a café, club room, changing facilities and gym. In addition to cycling, the Moredon hub will provide a home for the local football and cricket clubs, and the existing croquet club.
It is anticipated that the site will be used for a range of activities to encourage those less active or able to participate in fun activities.
The hub, currently being constructed on the former Moredon golf course, will focus on grassroots participation and wellbeing, with lots of chances for people to let off some steam outdoors. A key focus is on making this facility accessible for everyone, from young children on balance bikes to exercise rehabilitation for people with chronic health conditions.
Plans are in place to ensure the site is well connected to the nearby National Cycle Network, along with good bus links. Already a popular dog-walking location, the development will also see the improvement of local walking, jogging and leisure routes, promoting year-round public use.
Swindon Cycle Campaign is extremely excited that this project is happening, after many years of planning, and are proud to have been involved in supporting the project from its inception.
If you’d like to hear more or be involved in its development please contact Gladys from Swindon Cycle Campaign: firstname.lastname@example.org