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Proposed bike park hits speed bumps

Seventeen-year-old Nikita Ducarroz is arguably the best female freestyle BMX rider in California, maybe even the nation. She’s rumored to be the only girl doing back flips, and the Sonoma teen has even come in second while competing with the boys, which she says is her biggest accomplishment to date.

Where does a teen like Nikita go to ride? Anywhere but Sonoma.

“There is no bike park in Sonoma, so basically we have to drive out of town to be able to ride,” Nikita said, adding she is thankful her mom, Nicole Abate Ducarroz, is willing to drive her, the closest park being in Santa Rosa.

But Nicole, who is a trustee of the Sonoma Valley Unified School District board, and Nikita have joined forces with local Sonoma bike enthusiasts to change that.

Two years ago, Nicole Ducarroz, Sonoma Old School owner Robert Wilson, businessman and avid cyclist Jim Van Sickle and Sonoma Valley Cyclery owner Pat Sahs, formed a committee dedicated to seeing a bike park built at Maxwell Farms Regional Park.

The idea for the bike park came after Sonoma police told Wilson, who has taken on the responsibility of monitoring and maintaining Mcdougald Skate Park, there were issues with gangs and people abusing drugs and alcohol in and around the site.

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