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Sprint 4 – The Commons

SKELF Bike Park

what already exists for this aspect of the commons (relevant data, facts, literature, practitioners, projects, organisations etc)

  • It’s an area of self-seeded woodland before, The Skelf Bike Park grew up on ground left vacant following the comprehensive demolition of tenements in the area in the 1960s.
  • The physical space is shared by everybody here, like trees and fresh air. Also the landscape here. It was just a small hilly, and they saw an opportunity to make it into this kind of bike and skate park.
  • Artificial equipment like pump tracks can be freely accessed and are both playgrounds and training facilities for bikers, skateboarders, or scooter riders of all skill levels.
  • They also have a Facebook account which they use to post about some of the competitions and events that have taken place recently. There will also be some logistics teams, mainly volunteers, strimming and creating new paths through the area

the strengths, limitations and possibilities of what you find


  • Making the most of the area. Turn a hilly into Mountain Bike Trails and The Pump Track. No charge, no ticket.
  • There’s quite a few drink cans, rounds, maybe people come here To drink and smoke.
  • Suitable for Athletes or someone who want to challenge themselves.
  • Lots of people walk their dogs here. I’ve seen quite a few people just walk.
  • There are some rocks enable people to sit down, even if it’s not very comfortable.
  • Maybe this is again near a space to like, hang out with friends outside. I guess just hanging out here is a possibility like we are now.


  • But it still feels kind of abandoned because there’s no one here and it doesn’t look like it gets a lot of action. Plus there’s a lot of wet leaves on it. It’s not very clean for guessing it’s quite unsafe.
  • There’s water. And because it was raining yesterday, yeah, if someone want to use it is not very safeNo Light at night, so it could be extremely dangerous.
  • Very few people come here except at weekends, and on working days or when the weather is bad it is like an abandoned place
  • according to the introduction on their website, there is a Mountain Bike Trails in addition to the pump tracks, but we even didn’t notice that, cause it’s covered by leaves and branches.


  • people or artistic finish or practise their graffiti. You can see also some people paint the work there on this path.

How this relates to De Angelis’ three aspects of the commons

  1. a pool of natural/human resources
  • Physical space here, like trees and fresh air
  • Artificial equipment like pump tracks and Mountain Bike Trails
  1. a community of people with reciprocal sharing relations
  • bikers, skateboarders or scooter riders of all skill levels share their skills and experience here
  • competition, Scottish qualifier, birthday party, Girls night and lots of activities are laughed here
  • Social account on facebook @SKELF Bike Park
  • tree team, responsible for tree works.

More information relate to this park

Our speculative proposal to make a contribution to the commons in SKELF Bike Park:
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