(Deutsch) Mitarbeit im DIN-Normenausschuss Skate- und Parkour-Einrichtungen

Ralf Maier works through the German Sport University in the DIN standards committee skate and parkour facilities.

The Working Committee is responsible for the standardization of skate facilities. The product standards apply to installations for users of inline skates, roller skates, skateboards or similar roller sports equipment and BMX bicycles. The committee defines general and specific requirements and test methods for equipment used in unsupervised areas. Important aspects are eg. security-related requirements for characteristics, test methods, marking and serviceability. [Excerpt site DIN]

(Deutsch) Workshop und Jugendbeteiligung mit Migranten in Gummersbach

Physical education with a difference!

Workshop with children and young migrants in Gummersbach. Once again it appears that skating and BMX knows no boundary between cultures.

We have presented the state of planning for the sports and leisure park Gummersbach and answered questions, then we went to the gym of the high school. After a short demonstration, the kids and teenagers were rode the skateboards and BMX by themselves.

Thanks to skate-aid and the People’s Store for the support with boards/ flatrail!

Architects Newspaper published an article about the skatepark Bethlehem

The Architects Newspaper published an article about the skatepark Bethlehem.

The Architect’s Newspaper serves up news and inside reports to a niche community of architects, designers, engineers, landscape architects, lighting designers, interior designers, academics, developers, contractors, and other parties interested in the built urban environment.

Read the article online:

“German landscape architecture firm Maier Landschaftsarchitektur has designed a very colorful addition to Bethlehem, a town you’d be forgiven for foremost associating with the birthplace of a certain Biblical character. Built with the support of charities Skate-Aid and SOS Children’s Villages….”

FLL recommendation for the design, construction and maintenance of skate and bike facilities

FLL-Empfehlung-Skateparks-BikeanlagenFLL – research and development company for landscape development and landscape construction
The FLL pursued by statute exclusively charitable purposes for the promotion of science and research for landscape development and landscaping in areas fundamentals, planning, design and production as well as the preparation and dissemination of policies and guidelines in these areas.

Ralf Maier is director of the rules committee for the “design, construction and maintenance of skate and bike facilities”.

Currently the “recommendation for the design, construction and maintenance of skate and bike facilities” was published in form of a “yellow print” (an objection procedure).

The new recommendation is intended for planners, designers, suppliers and public institutions. The FLL recommendation shall serve as extension of the DIN EN 14974 (facilities for the use with roll sport gadgetry) from 2010 and covers the following topics:
– Overview of the different types of facilities
– Requirements for the construction and building materials
– Planning and design principles
– Requirements for maintenance
– Best practice examples


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