The city of Capitola has spoken, and what it wants are bumps in the dirt.

By Santa Cruz Sentinel staff

(The pump track in Aptos) Photo- Yvonne Falk

Not just bumps. Slopes and jumps sculpted out of packed earth are also essential to this project — a bicycle pump track.

In November, Capitola will join Santa Cruz, Aptos and Scotts Valley in the ranks of local towns with their own pump tracks. The track is being built on a vacant lot on McGregor Drive near New Brighton State Beach and will share the space with a skate park and dog park.

A bicycle pump track is like a skate park for mountain bikers. Cyclists of all levels can enjoy pump tracks, and they are popular with children.

“Really, the driving force behind pushing for the pump track is that the city manager is an avid biker,” jokes Lisa Murphy, administrative services director at the city of Capitola. The city is funding the infrastructure of the new facility, such as the parking lot and fences. Family Cycling Center and Crossfit are co-sponsoring the pump track itself.

Construction on most pump tracks is community-driven, according to Mark Davidson, president of Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz. By contrast, the city of Capitola is managing this project, not community members.

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