What the article fails to mention is that 200m is too short for a velodrome. 250 is the widely accepted “minimum” distance. Tracks shorter than that require banking so steep that it makes learning to ride the track a bit too daunting for some beginners.
That said, I’m behind this thing being built 100%. I’ll be there weekly.
In other words, they say that arena will draw too much traffic, yet at the same time track cycling is “obscure,” which means nobody is going to come see it. I suppose the project is also too big yet too small, and too cheap yet too expensive, and too crazy yet too sane, and up is down, and 2+2+5.