Mission Viejo is rolling out a new, but temporary circuit for cyclists: Orange County Register

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Tino Franks rides a temporary pump track along the Oso Creek Trail in Mission Viejo, CA on Tuesday, April 30, 2024. The city installed the track beneath the playground at the Norman P. Murray Community Center as part of Bicycle Safety Month. (Photo by Paul Bersebach, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Put on those helmets – there’s a new song in Mission Viejo.

The city installed a pump track – a circular and hilly course that allows riders to use momentum to zoom around the closed circuit instead of constantly pedaling – along the Oso Creek Trail. Non-motorized bicycles, inline skates, scooters and skateboards are allowed on the track – riders must put on a helmet.

The new track coincides with Bike Safety Month and is only temporary. It’s free and open until May 19 from 7 a.m. to sunset.

“We encourage the community to enjoy our trail system, and we hope this temporary facility encourages more people to explore the Oso Creek Trail,” a city official said.

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Located near the Norman P. Murray Community Center’s playground in the Celebration Garden, close to the bridge, the pump track is intended for cyclists to enjoy, practice cycling skills and get some exercise, officials said.

Motorized vehicles or devices are not allowed on the track, and riders should avoid using them if there are dangerous conditions, such as if the track is icy or wet, they said.

Residents are also encouraged to visit the pump track on Saturday, May 4, with Captain Jason Ivins, the city’s new chief of police services. The city has invited community members to meet Ivins and ride with him near the pump track from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

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