Man dies at Trempealeau bike park

Split ramp closed while safety improvements planned

A 62-year-old man died at the Trempealeau bike park last month, according to an announcement from the Village of Trempealeau office.

The village announced the June 6 death in a press release posted on its Facebook last Wednesday. A name and residency were not listed for the deceased.

“A 62-year-old male visitor was using one of the park’s advanced features, called a split decision bike ramp, when his bike went off the track, causing him to fall over his handlebars and hit the ground headfirst. He suffered a basal fracture to his lower neck, rupturing an artery to his brain, and he succumbed to his injuries,” the announcement reads.

“We extend our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased and witnesses who were affected by this incident.”

The split decision bike ramp was built correctly and had “no deficiencies”, according to an investigation following the death. Still, the village has identified ways to improve safety on the ramp, and the feature will be closed in the bike park until such changes are made.

Split decision ramps often begin with a roller to build speed and then give riders the choice between a straight ride and a decline exit or a lofted jump off another angle.

The village is in talks with the Outdoor Recreation Alliance (ORA) of La Crosse on these modifications and will share them when finalized, village administrator and finance director Isaac Pooler told the Times on Monday.

Last week’s village announcement closed with a message on safety.

“We understand the importance of the bike park to our community and the distress the news of this incident may cause. Please be assured that we are working diligently to have these changes completed, and we urge everyone who uses the bike park always to exercise caution. Be aware of your surroundings, always wear a helmet, and ride at your own risk.”

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