The Concrete Jungle Goes Off-Road

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All you crazy New Yorkers who think you can have your urban lifestyle and eat dirt, too, Saturday is your lucky day. Come out and christen [The Fort George Hill Trails,] the city’s first [off-road bicycle course]( in upper Manhattan’s Highbridge Park. Eighteen months of labor and $100,000 gets you three miles of mountain-biking fun with areas for [BMX jumpers, novices and experts](

“I love the ramps. You get amazing air on them. One jump, it's almost vertical when you go up it,” 13-year-old Jonathan Flores told the Daily News. “Before this, you'd have to ride on the street.” Uh, right … where’s this kid’s legal guardian?

“If this works well, we will have a course in every borough. The bottom line here is anything that gets young people out getting exercise is a good thing,” said Parks and Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe. That’s right, and if we can’t pass a law requiring a certain number of hours of exercise per day, then by golly we can make it fun so people will do it on their own!

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