PITTSBURGH – The Allegheny County Parks Department, in partnership with the Pittsburgh Trails Advocacy Group and Pittsburgh Off-Road Cyclists, will host the Seventh Annual Allegheny County Mountain Bike Festival on July 13 through 15 at Hartwood Acres, Boyce and North parks. Mountain bikers are welcome to participate in any of the free, organized rides during the festival.
“Allegheny County arguably has some of the best mountain biking opportunities of any major urban area,” said County Parks Director Andy Baechle. “Within an hour’s drive of Downtown Pittsburgh, there are an abundance of trails suitable for everyone from beginners to the most avid mountain bikers. Many of these trails are conveniently located in the Allegheny County parks.”
The Hartwood Acres Park ride will take place from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, July 13. Riders will meet at the Middle Road parking lot between the school and amphitheater stage.
The Boyce Park ride will be held from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 14. Riders will meet at the soccer field. Food and refreshments will be served after the ride.
The North Park ride will take place from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 15. Riders will meet at the Parish Hill Barn, which is located up the hill from J.C. Stone Field on Walter Road. A pig roast will take place after the ride. Participants are asked to bring a covered dish to share.
All ages are welcome to participate in the festival, but a rider’s skill level must be “advanced beginner” or above. Rides will last between one and three hours depending on skill level. All riders are required to wear helmets. Participants are encouraged to bring water.
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The Pittsburgh Trails Advocacy Group (PTAG) is a not-for-profit, all volunteer organization whose mission is to protect and encourage shared-use access to the trails in Western Pennsylvania. PTAG members are especially concerned with single-track trails used by mountain bikers, hikers and equestrians. PTAG works with city, county, state and private 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. For additional information, visit Pittsburgh Trails Advocacy Group.
The Pittsburgh Off-Road Cyclists (PORC) is a club that provides opportunities for Pittsburgh area mountain bikers to discover new riding locations, gather socially, and maintain and advocate for trails. For additional information, visit Pittsburgh Off-Road Cyclists.