A new riding area at New Zealand’s Christchurch Adventure Park has been renamed the O-Zone following a social media backlash.
The O-Zone is a new pro jump area built for the park by Billy Meaclem and his digging crew. The new trails were originally called the Bro Zone when they soft-opened in November but the name change was confirmed by the park on December 3 and took place yesterday.
The Bro Zone name was criticized as it could discourage women riders from the pro area of the park. Detractors voiced their concerns on social media and the name was even questioned by Rosara Joseph, a silver medallist in the women's mountain bike event at the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games.
The Park posted the news on social media
We commend Christchurch Adventure Park for rectifying the exclusionary name and allowing women riders to feel more welcome on all of the park's trails. This isn't the first time offensive trial names have been changed including recent high profile incidences in Kelowna
and on the North Shore
. The Park has been contacted for further comment.