Valmont Bike Park is for many different types of cyclist, this came apparent the first time I arrived there. There are some great features for kids, families and features for those who oppose gravity. Some of the park was not for me, but I'm not complaining, it is so great to see so many out on bikes, regardless of their reason for arriving. What did concern me was the apparent lack of personal risk management. It starts with the common item to point out which is lack of helmets by many but it's not just what the riders lack in wearing but how much risk riders take when so poorly prepared for failure. This is causing people in the medical community in Boulder to rename Valmont Bike Park to the "Boneyard"! I heard that in 1 day local hospitals had 5 broken arms... one day!!
I have no data on how they broke these arms, so assumptions are being made, regardless 5 came from the park and that is just a 1 day sample. I worry about the perception of danger the park will get and may hinder some from going there. Is this just a short term problem and the problem makers will go away due to injury? Does the park have features that are just too much for the general public to handle? Can anyone who has been hurt please share your experience of where and how it happened?
This is so puzzling to me because never once have I felt at risk at the great Valmont Bike Park yet I haven't tried anything greater than "Medium" size jumps, but maybe I was just lucky and I was unaware of the risk I was taking, just like all those who have been hurt. Maybe the jumps aren't the dangerous part at all, people are just getting hurt while riding around. A race (of any kind ie crit, mtb, velodrome, etc) is FAR more dangerous but the risk (if looking at data) is much lower than a day at the park, WHY IS THAT AND WHAT CAN BE DONE?