New York Velodrome
A modern state of the art cycling center will provide enormous benefits for New York.
The impact will be similar to the 168th St. Track and Field Armory in Washington Heights.
Like the track and field facility, the cycling center will provide an arena for world class, regional and local events.
Like at the track and field facility, thousands of New Yorkers will take part and benefit from these events.
Additionally, the cycling facility will be a training center for youth of all abilities. The center will provide free programs that will be important in fighting youth obesity problems. Cycling programs have been shown to be effective in fighting childhood obesity as it’s easier for people in all conditions to start a cycling program than a running program or other sports.
The Kingsbridge Armory will be a perfect place for a cycling center. The 180,000 square foot drill floor has the space required for an Olympic regulation 250 meter velodrome and related cycling activities including a skate park.
The facility is easily accessible by public transportation and by car. The #4 subway stops at the building and the D train is 2 blocks away. There is even a Metro North stop nearby.
The building has been sitting vacant for most of the past 15 plus years.
The benefits for the Olympic sport of cycling will be enormous. Currently there are less than 10 juniors racing in New York. The lack of youth participation is devastating to cycling’s attempt to be taken seriously as a sport in the United States. With our youth programs at the armory, we will have hundreds of kids, boys and girls, participating in this sport.
New York had a great cycling history with many New York riders going to the Olympics. With the decline of the facilities in the city, this pipeline has been choked off since Nelson Vails medaled at the 1984 Olympics and Mike McCarthy won a World Championship 20 years ago. The existing 440 yard track at the Kissena Velodrome is outdated, unfit for serious competition and inaccessible. Unlike Kissena, the Kingsbridge Armory is located next to 2 major subway lines.
- #4 train to Kingsbridge Rd.- station is adjacent to the Armory.
- D train to Kingsbridge Rd. – station is a 5 minute walk to Armory.
- From the west side of Manhattan take the D train or take the #2 train and switch at 149 St. to the #4 train.
- From Queens take the #7 train and switch to the #4 at Grand Central or switch to the D from the E or F lines.
- Metro North:
- Metro North Fordham 190th St. stop is a 10-15 minute walk. The Harlem and New Haven lines stop there.