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From Garbage Dump to Cycling Paradise

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JERUSALEM, Israel (Aug 11) – Israel’s first bicycle park opened recently at Kibbutz Zova, near Jerusalem. The park covers more than 40 acres and is a centre for cycling activities on every level, from narrow bicycle paths to terrifying drops, a learning and training centre for all age groups, and, in the future, a road […]

JERUSALEM, Israel (Aug 11) – Israel’s first bicycle park opened recently at Kibbutz Zova, near Jerusalem. The park covers more than 40 acres and is a centre for cycling activities on every level, from narrow bicycle paths to terrifying drops, a learning and training centre for all age groups, and, in the future, a road route.

Dozens of similar parks are flourishing in North America and Europe, with most of them based on skiing sites that used to stand empty during the summer season.
Terrain cycling enthusiasts from the free-ride and downhill schools identified the wasted potential of the skiing sites and began racing wildly down the slopes.

At Zobike – the name chosen for the new park – there is no ski lift. The slopes also cannot compete with their mountain counterparts, but then again it was built on land previously occupied by mounds of garbage and manure.
The brain that turned these mounds of trash into a bicycle park that meets international standards came from Germany – Didi Schneider, considered a world guru in building such parks.

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