It's not so much of a problem here in Europe but Northern America faces serious shit where BMX bikes are not allowed in the public skateparks. To help change that, several volunteers are doing their best to make people aware that BMX IS NOT A CRIME. Anyway, Dan Haugh over at Transfer BMX is one of the BMX-ers that needs your support. He is collecting petitions so get the bikes in the Sequim park. Visit his site, fill in the form and send it to him. It's a few minutes of your time which isn't too much to ask for if you love riding your bike and want to support BMX. You might end up in Sequim some day.
This is a petition to allow bicycles on the skate park in Sequim. At this time the three main concerns with bicycles on the skate park are:
1. That bicycles damage the ramps.
There have been studies about the damage bicycles do compared to skate boards and there is no evidence that bicycles cause any more damage. Skate boards do the same damage with their metal parts (trucks) as bicycles do with their pegs and pedals.
Click here for the Skatepark Association of the United States of America (SPAUSA) web page concerning BMX bikes and skate parks. They state: "We have been surveying parks for several years and have not come up with any evidence that they cause anymore wear & tear than skateboarders or inline skaters."
2. That bicycles increase the risk of a collision.
Collisions are inevitable on a skate board or a bicycle, it is a risk you take when you choose an extreme sport. The skate park teaches kids etiquette (taking turns, watching for other people, etc.)
3. There is a dirt track for bicycles.
There are different styles of BMX riding. Two main differences are dirt and park. Some people only excel in one or the other so limiting them to the dirt takes away from their riding. Also the dirt track in Sequim is for begginer skill levels and has nothing to offer older and more experienced riders, and the majority of it was removed for two baseball fields.
The skate park was designed as a recreation area to keep kids off of the streets of downtown, but the problem is not all kids skate board. We are not allowed to ride our bikes in town, but if we go to the skate park our bikes are confiscated by the police, catch-22.
The children and adults of both sports agree that we should all be allowed to enjoy the facilities. We have made some great friends at the skate park, and enjoy encouraging each other and helping our friends progress at whichever sport we have chosen.
All pics courtesy of Transfer BMX