Monday, August 14, 2006

Aug 23-27: Allegheny Parks Mountain Bike Fest

Check out the event listings for the first-ever Allegheny Parks Mt. Bike Fest, brought to you by Pittsburgh Trail Advocacy Group and Allegheny Parks: Mt. Bike Fest Calendar

An Event to Highlight Allegheny County's wonderful parks and singletrack and to meet other Mountain Bikers. All Events are FREE. For these rides, we are asking that you have a knobby tired mountain bike in good working order, a helmet, water, and can handle 2 hours of hills, roots, and rocks. We should cover 12-15 miles of singletrack per park. We hope that you can join us!!

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Recent Press Release:

Allegheny County Parks to Host Mountain Bike Fest
Organized biking excursions will showcase trails in six County parks

PITTSBURGH — Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato today announced the County Parks Department, in partnership with the Pittsburgh Trail Advocacy Group (PTAG), will host a Mountain Bike Fest from August 23 through 27.

“Pittsburgh and Allegheny County arguably have some of the best mountain biking opportunities of any major urban area. Within an hour of downtown, there are an abundance of trails suitable for everyone from beginners to the most avid mountain bike enthusiasts, and many of these trails are conveniently located in Allegheny County Parks,” said Mike Connors of PTAG.

During the five-day fest, mountain bikers can participate in a number of free, organized rides in Boyce Park, Deer Lakes Park, Harrison Hills Park, Hartwood Acres, North Park and South Park. Cyclists are strongly encouraged to have proper equipment, including a helmet, water bottle and knobby-tired mountain bike in good working condition.

“The Allegheny County Mountain Bike Fest is an inventive way to reach out to the growing number of cyclists and acquaint them with the trail systems available in our County parks,” added Onorato. “We are pleased to partner with the Pittsburgh Trail Advocacy Group on this exciting endeavor, and we encourage anyone who likes mountain biking to come out and enjoy what our parks have to offer.”

The organized rides will last approximately two hours and will cover 12 to 15 miles per ride. All trips will be led by local cyclists who are eager to share their knowledge and experience with bike fest participants. Following each excursion, bikers are invited to take advantage of the pools, picnic shelters, free concerts and other recreational activities and amenities available in the County parks.

For information on the Allegheny County Mountain Bike Fest, including designated meeting times and locations for the organized rides, contact Mike Connors at 724-934-9293 or mtbmike@bike-pgh.org. A detailed events calendar is available at www.bike-pgh.org. Information on Allegheny County Parks and directions to each facility are available at www.county.allegheny.pa.us/parks.


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Allegheny County operates nine public parks that span 12,000 acres and offer a wide array of sporting, leisure, cultural and entertainment opportunities. The Allegheny County Parks system serves to enhance the quality of life and well-being of the citizens of Allegheny County and Southwestern Pennsylvania. Various seasonal and year-round programs, activities and amenities provide residents with educational and recreational opportunities, while also contributing to the economic vitality of the region.


The purpose of the Pittsburgh Trails Advocacy Group is to protect and encourage multi-use trail access. PTAG members are especially concerned with single-track trails used by mountain bikers, hikers and equestrians. PTAG works with City, County and State landowners to ensure that all trails are approved, constructed and maintained to International Mountain Bicycling Association standards, with minimal impact on the environment. It also strives to educate all users on responsible trail use with the goal of fostering improved relations among landowners and trail users.

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