2016 TrailFest

Ride. Run. Eat. Play.
TrailFest is Sunday Oct. 23rd.
12pm – ??

The TrailPGH TrailFest is a 1-day mountain bike celebration that will include a Main Festival, Bike Demos, Group Rides, a Beer Garden, Food + Chili Cook Off, Games, Prizes and a whole lotta sweet SINGLETRACK!


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Following the Month of Mud Race, we’ll be hosting several trail activities.

Runs & Hikes
12:30 – 1:15 staggered start

There will be two group Runs / Hikes that with a staggered starts.
1 advanced
1 beginner

Rides
12:15 start

There will be two group rides that may break into smaller groups depending on how many folks participate.
1 advanced
1 beginner group ride

 

 

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The Heat is On – Prove your cabin fever culinary skills by competing against your fellow outdoor enthusiast friends. The Chili Cook Off is open to all TrailPittsburgh Members . RSVP HERE and lock in your spot.

Only 10 Spots Left – RSVP today!

 

 

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Bike Toss, Slow Ride, Food Down and more. If you have olympic level bike throwing and riding skills, you’ll be one of the lucky folks to win prizes from…

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Every adult needs a good beer after a long run or ride. Our friends from New Belgium heard your cry and will be supplying a variety of brews for your enjoyment.

We’ll also be grilling up some chicken, burgers, dogs, and a ton of snacks.

 

 

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Friend of the Trail Community, Alex Talbot will be rocking live music with his musical partner, Alex.

More Information: Terry & Alex

 

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See You on Sunday October, 23rd!

National Trails Day June 4th / A Great Success!

100 Volunteers Registered for National Trails Day as Trail Pgh teamed up with REI to have a Mega Workday building bridges, repairing and creating sustainable trails for all to enjoy! Thank You REI for $10,000 Grant towards the Waterfall Trail at Settlers Cabin. Thank You Allegheny County Parks for all who helped including the Park Rangers!

Thank You REI for $10,000 Grant towards the Waterfall Trail at Settlers Cabin. Thank You Allegheny County Parks for all who helped including the Park Rangers!

Freeze-Thaw Cycles Explained

 

Most riders understand that you shouldn’t ride the trails when they’re muddy. Most riders understand acceptable riding conditions as well. Sunny…dry…go ride! Perfect. But what about this time of year? When is it ok to ride without doing permanent damage to the trail? How would you know if it’s OK to ride before you get to the trail? Understanding the freeze-thaw cycle can help you make that decision of when to ride the trail, when to stay on the road, or when it’s time to take a rest day, drink beer & watch football. Continue reading “Freeze-Thaw Cycles Explained”

2016 Volunteer Survey

Volunteers are core to the success of Trail Pittsburgh. Take a few seconds to let us know how you can help in 2016.

In 2015, Trail Pittsburgh volunteers logged more than 12,500 hours helping to maintain trails throughout the region. For 2016, we’ll again be looking for help with trail maintenance days, but we’re also seeking volunteers for key strategic roles in communications, event planning, fundraising, and outreach.

If you’re on a mobile device and the embedded survey below is not visible, please click here to fill out the survey.

 

Pittsburgh City Council Moves Unanimously to Clarify Legality of Cycling in City Parks

In a unanimous preliminary vote, Pittsburgh City Council agreed to move forward with a proposed amendment to City Code that would officially allow the use of bicycles within Pittsburgh City Parks. Wednesday’ vote recommends Bill 2016-0035 be considered for final approval at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, February 2nd. Should this bill pass, Mayor Peduto must then sign the amendment into law.

City Code currently restricts bicycles to paved roads within City Parks. Despite the fact that this ordinance has not been enforced for some time, this vote is an important turning point for all cyclists who recreate in City Parks.

City Councilperson Corey O’Connor sponsored Bill 2016-0035 after Point Breeze resident Eryn Hughes brought the issue to his attention. “With this legislation we are working to create better, clearer policies for the many residents who make use of our park system,” said Councilman O’Connor.

Hughes has donated hundreds of hours since 2009 working to facilitate this change to City Code as an intern with the City of Pittsburgh, through work with the Open Space PGH planning commission and other efforts. I am inspired by City Council’s mobilization to bring this issue to vote, and efficiency in communicating the intent with their legal review.  I hope that all stakeholders (present, future, continuing to be identified) will see how this benefits all users and we can move forward in alliance for sustainable mountain biking.” said Hughes.

Bike Pittsburgh Advocacy Director Eric Boerer spoke in support of the proposed amendment, citing the positive impact this change could have on Pittsburgh’s standing as a Bicycle Friendly Community as designated by The League of American Bicyclists. Pittsburgh is currently ranked at the Bronze level on the scale of Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum. The city’s official adoption of cycling in City Parks may help Pittsburgh jump up to Silver-level status. Due to the current nature of this City Code, Park assets could not be included for evaluation in the Bicycle Friendly Community evaluation. The Bike Friendly Community program is a great way for Pittsburgh to gain national recognition as a city that is accepting of bicycling. When people are looking at factors and choosing a place to move to, or stay, safe biking and walking tops their list,” said Boerer. Boerer posted an excellent blog about this vote on the Bike Pittsburgh website.

Trail Pittsburgh Board Member and Vice President of the Executive Committee Justin Steiner voiced Trail Pittsburgh’s support for the proposed amendment, citing the immense community value of the multi-use trails within Pittsburgh’s City Parks and the importance of including cyclists in these recreational opportunities. “The recreational trails within Pittsburgh’s City Parks are a tremendous asset for city residents and I’m very excited to see City Council recognize the value of solidifying cyclist’s access to these trails,’ said Steiner.

This amendment closely follows the recommendations of the Open Space PGH plan p. 100 Chapter 6 Section 2.6 B to “Update City Ordinance language excluding bicycles from non-paved trails to support the development of mountain biking trails” and validates the recommendation by the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy encouraging visitors and residents to mountain bike responsibly within City Parks.

Trail Pittsburgh is the local Chapter of the International Mountain Bike Association, with the mission to create, enhance, and preserve great trail experiences in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Trail Pittsburgh has organized more than 33,000 hours of volunteer maintenance on singletrack trails since 2001 within park systems in the greater Pittsburgh region, including City Parks. In total, Trail Pittsburgh represents more than 390 dues paying members in Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Washington and Westmoreland counties.

 

2015 Year in Review

A huge thanks to all of our members, volunteers, stewards and supporters for making 2015 a big success! We couldn’t do it with you.

If you’re reading this and would like to volunteer, consider signing up for our monthly newsletter to be notified of upcoming volunteer opportunities. You can also like and follow us on Facebook to stay in touch.

If you enjoy our region’s incredible trails, consider supporting Trail Pittsburgh through membership.

 

Welcome to Trail Pittsburgh

Welcome to Trail Pittsburgh, formerly known as Pittsburgh Trails Advocacy Group (PTAG). In the spring of 2015, PTAG rebranded as Trail Pittsburgh in order to become a chapter member of the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA). This partnership allows us to expand our reach and take advantage of IMBA’s extensive support and expertise.

Trail Pittsburgh will continue to focus on multi-use trails for trail runners, hikers, dog walkers and mountain bikers. If you’ve explored our region’s incredible singletrack trail networks, you’ve experienced and enjoyed our work.

 

PLAY

Trail Pittsburgh is here to help you connect with our region’s trail assets and the wonderful community of people who enjoy and support our trails.

Explore our region’s trails through MTB Project, the nation’s foremost singletrack trail database, and follow us on social media to stay abreast of the latest on- and off-trail happenings.

JOIN

Amazing trail networks don’t happen without your support. Become a member of Trail Pittsburgh to help us create, enhance and preserve great trail experiences in Southwestern Pennsylvania. As a charitable 501(c)(3) your contribution is tax deductible and goes directly to support our mission.

VOLUNTEER

Volunteer support is essential to the fulfillment of Trail Pittsburgh’s mission to create, enhance and preserve great trail experiences in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Park Stewards volunteer their time organize workdays and rely on additional volunteer support to build, maintain and improve the trails.

Volunteering with Trail Pittsburgh doesn’t have to be a big commitment. A couple hours here and there goes a long way. Visit our website and follow us on social media to find a workday in your favorite park.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Over 220 miles of built and maintained trails
  • 23,000+ Volunteer Hours since 2001
  • North Park’s Dr. J Freeride Trail and Skills Area