BMX bikes are used by youngsters and adults around the UK and in many other countries across the world. One of the most obvious benefits is the fact that they help people stay fit and active.
However, some of the advantages are not necessarily as apparent at first. For example, it is generally acknowledged that BMX facilities can help to reduce antisocial behaviour in areas as they provide an activity for people to get involved in. Some of these individuals may have got into trouble with the law if they did not have such a pastime to rely on.
With this principle in mind, a new mobile skate park has been launched in the south-east of England. It is hoped that the facility will reduce unwanted behaviour in Underhill and the surrounding areas of Barnet, the Times Series reports.
Recently, Theresa Villiers MP joined 100 local youngsters, church leaders and councillors at the launch of the facility and attendees were treated to a display of BMX and skateboard skills.
The development was coordinated by Barnet Community Projects and it is the first of its kind in the area.
Commenting on the event, project manager Steve Neale said: "The launch was fantastic. We were surprised how many people came. There was a good broad cross-section of residents there, as well as the target group the project is aimed at."
The idea for the park came into being after Sergeant Simon Kelly from the Underhill Safer Neighbourhood Team spoke to local children, who revealed they wanted an area to use their skates and BMX bikes.
He stated: "Most problems are caused by boredom and so we needed something to divert young people from hanging about on the streets."
If the BMX park works, it can be taken to a number of different problem areas around the borough, he went on to note.
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