We hope you’re keeping well at this difficult time.
We’re delighted to say that you can now ride our road circuit and mountain bike trails which are open for pay and ride. Please pre-book all sessions and take a moment to read how we’re keeping you safe. We’re looking into reopening more activities following recent Government announcements.
We want to play our part in helping everyone get back to normal through exercise, staying healthy and having fun – and, while we want to reopen quickly we, of course, need to do this in ways which are both safe and financially viable.
At Lee Valley, we’ve kept our green spaces open throughout the crisis and have started opening some leisure activities, but getting all our activities up and running won’t be speedy or straightforward.
The pandemic has had a huge financial impact on Lee Valley Regional Park Authority which owns and runs Lee Valley VeloPark. Most of the Authority’s income comes through activities we sell in spring and summer, which have been heavily affected by lockdown. So far we’ve already lost around £3m - a quarter of our expected income this year and, like so many other leisure organisations, we need to reopen carefully, responsibly and safely in a staged way to build back up to providing visitors with their favourite activities and to make sure we’re here for you long term.
Through the closure, we’ve been deep cleaning the venue and our team has been working out how we can reopen and sustainably cope with social distancing itself and the lower capacities which social distancing will demand. We’ve been assessing how each part of the Lee Valley VeloPark programme works and how we can continue to keep visitors, coaches and staff safe.
We reopening our Pay and Ride session for mountain biking and road at the beginning of July.
We hope to reopen the Track, VeloStudio (our indoor cycling suite) and the BMX track at limited times in late August and September. This is subject to British Cycling advice, best practice and guidance and that the operational changes we are putting in place having the effects we hope, especially in terms of social distancing.
Once all the details are in place, we’ll update our website, social media and email our database. If you’ve had a session cancelled, we’ll contact you separately.
When the time comes to visit you’ll see some changes. Our staff may be wearing face masks, we may have changed our entrances and exits, you may have to queue, and at first Café 42 will be closed. You’ll have to pre-book everything, we’ll be providing hand cleansing stations and, of course, you must practice social distancing.
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