Plans submitted for new bike center at Northern Roots site

PLANS for a cycle center and cycle paths on the 160 acres from Northern Roots to Snipe Clough have been submitted.

The proposed junction, which will be adjacent to Cherry Avenue in Alt, is designed to provide a training ground for cyclists to develop and improve their riding, and a starting point for the site’s mountain bike trails.

Facilities will include a pump track and skills area, a bike hire station with shop and cafe, a bike repair shop that will provide spare parts and service, toilets and shower and washing -bike.

Additional car parks will be created adjacent to the existing playground on site, with visitors encouraged to access the facility on foot or by bicycle.

Councilor Jabbar, Chief of Staff for Finance and Carbon Reduction and Chairman of the Board of Northern Roots, said: “Cycling is a great way to improve your health and wellbeing and the Northern Roots’ vision for the Bike Hub is to inspire more people to get out and about on bikes.

“What better place to do that than Northern Roots, where there are acres of incredible open space to explore.

“It will be a fantastic facility for people of all ages and abilities and a brilliant addition to Oldham.”

The Bike Hub proposal was developed following extensive community consultation and was designed by Bike Track, the design company behind Leeds Urban Bike Park, in conjunction with JDDK Architects.

Bike Track Director Steve Taylor said: “We are delighted to be leading the design and construction of a first-class facility for Oldham. After being involved in the initial consultation with local cyclists and mountain bikers, we will be able to create something special for the community.

If the building permit is granted, the construction of the bike center will take place this summer.

The designs for the Northern Roots Visitor Centre, Learning Centre, Forestry Base and Solar Panel are being finalized ahead of the submission of a new planning application for the wider Northern Roots site in the coming weeks.

The final proposals were shaped through community consultation, with the final phase taking place between August and December 2021.

The full Bike Hub planning app can be found on the Oldham Council website.

Wiley C. Thompson