Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Surfaces for Bikes and Trikes

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7 comments:

beingbelongingbecoming said...

There is a firm here in Melbourne that makes rubber pieces (out of recycled rubber chips) including pieces designed to be curbs, rubber stoppers in car parks, or traffic calming humps. They are heavy and freestanding - no installation would be required.
Perhaps there is something similar in your world.

beingbelongingbecoming said...

Another option might be a large piece of fake grass. Might need something on the edges to stop it from curling up.

Juliet Robertson said...

Thanks so much for your ideas - by sheer chance I have acquired some fake grass today :) I also went to visit Adventure Aberdeen and have more inspiration :) from their dirt bike track.

Nicky said...

If you could fix it down somehow, bubble wrap (the larger bubble size)might be great fun. For the paint I'd try squirting it on a tarp to stop it soaking into the ground...then you could use other things on the tarp such as shaving cream or even flour maybe for track making (something my 3yo is obsessed with :-))

Nicky said...

Now I come to think of it the flour and shaving cream probably wouldn't need a tarp!

Kathryn Patterson said...

For painting the concrete, I suggest having an area where the toddlers can get paint on their wheels - similar to dipping a roller in a paint pan. Then they can ride around spreading the paint on the concrete from their wheels.

What about putting a large sheet of bubble wrap down and letting the kids drive over it? I know I'd want to do it. :-D

I hope these help.
Kathryn

Jen said...

Maybe try thinking from the top down, a pergola or arches to ride under perhaps. Set up a sprinkler and ride under your transparent tarp, maybe set up a whole car/bike wash! Or suspend and ride and run through strips of ribbons like beads hanging in a doorway.
If you have a hose, even driving through water and making tracks could be fun. From the pictures it looks like the bike path has a bit of an incline... Putting the bikes away and laying the hose down at ground level creating a river could lead to dam building opportunities. At our PPP, we recently added flashing red bike lights to the handles of the trikes turning them emergency vehicles as we try to bring our community into our school. You might also try thin plywood and 2x4's to make ramps and bridges to ride over. We made stop and go signs for the children to hold and direct trike traffic with. I like the roundabout, in Canada they're rather new and even adult drivers could use the practice!