• Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
permaculture forums growies critters building homesteading energy monies kitchen purity ungarbage community wilderness fiber arts art permaculture artisans regional education skip experiences global resources the cider press projects digital market permies.com private forums all forums
this forum made possible by our volunteer staff, including ...
master stewards:
  • Nicole Alderman
  • Anne Miller
  • Pearl Sutton
  • r ranson
  • Mike Haasl
  • James Freyr
stewards:
  • paul wheaton
  • Joylynn Hardesty
  • Burra Maluca
garden masters:
  • Steve Thorn
  • Greg Martin
gardeners:
  • Kate Downham
  • Jay Angler
  • thomas rubino

Path for pre-schoolers to pedal bike on

 
Posts: 129
1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Hi,

We are wanting to make an outdoor track that is smooth enough that pre-school aged children and ride pedal bikes.  Is concrete our only option?   If so - what is the most sustainable way to make it so it uses minimal concrete?  We can get river sand for almost free (the additional cost of petrol to bring it home with us when we are going somewhere we would go anyway).  

Annie
 
master steward
Posts: 11419
Location: Pacific Northwest
4851
hugelkultur kids cat duck forest garden foraging fiber arts sheep wood heat homestead
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I'd love to know the answer to this, too! My son just learned to ride his little bike with training wheels, and he has the hardest time on anything other than smooth concrete. Gravel and grass are too bumpy for him. Permeable pavement might be a bit better than straight concrete, as at least water drains through it, but there's got to be better options!

Picture of permeable pavement in action (curtosy of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Permeable_paving)

 
pollinator
Posts: 4328
Location: Anjou ,France
242
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Ash ? I have seen this used to good effect . Aka cinder track

David
 
Posts: 7364
Location: Ozarks zone 7 alluvial,black,deep clay/loam with few rocks, wonderful creek bottom!
1273
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
What about some kind of packed clay?  I remember our sons learning to ride on the dirt roads here...usually the packed clay in the truck tracks was the smoothest and easiest ride while the bits of gravel out of the tracks caused the most scraped knees.  Maybe with some ditching and a little care it wouldn't turn into a mud hole and could be kept smooth enough.
 
Evil is afoot. But this tiny ad is just an ad:
2020 Permaculture Design Course for Scientists and Engineers, June 14-27
https://permies.com/wiki/permaculture-design-course-2020
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
Boost this thread!