The city’s new indoor bike park, Dirt Factory, will officially launch this week after a hugely successful soft launch welcomed more than 500 people of all ages and abilities.
The pop-up, based inside a former warehouse on the Mayfield development site just off the Mancunian Way, uses around 2,000 tonnes of reclaimed soil and has been praised by former Olympic Gold Medallist Chris Boardman, now Greater Manchester’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner.
Home to a range of exciting bike trails and features, designed for riders of all ages and abilities. The Pop-Up has already welcomed BMX and cycling clubs from across the North and Midlands as well as a number of groups from the local community including school children and teenagers who have been excluded from school.
Dan Makin, co-founder and Managing Director of Dirt Factory said: “The response to Dirt Factory over the last few weeks has been brilliant, and we have loved welcoming so many different groups of people, from professional riders to children just learning how to use a bike.
“Our feedback survey has told us that more than 90% of visitors feel more inspired and motivated to ride more often after visiting, which is great, and we look forward to welcoming many more people to the Mayfield Pop Up.”
The Pop-Up will be open for up to two years at Mayfield ahead of the business moving to a permanent home at a larger facility in Greater Manchester.