Trail Fest is spread over three locations

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A celebration of the multi-purpose single-track trails in Allegheny County's park system will be held July 12-14 at Hartwood Acres, Boyce Park and North Park.

Formerly known as the Mountain Bike Festival, the annual event has a new name -- Trail Fest -- and its agenda now includes hiking and running. All ages and skill levels are welcome.

The festival, sponsored by the Pittsburgh Trails Advocacy Group, will include activities for beginner, intermediate and advanced bicyclists, runners and hikers. They will be led by members of PTAG and Pittsburgh Off-Road Cyclists.

Cyclists are required to wear a helmet. PTAG said the rides will last from one to three hours, depending on a participant's skill level. Volunteers will direct back to their cars anyone who runs out of pedal power.

The events at Hartwood Acres will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday. Meet at the Middle Road Parking Lot. The activities at Boyce Park will be from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Meet at the soccer field. Lunch will be served at 1 p.m. Non-PTAG members are asked to join the organization or make a donation.

Participants for the events at North Park are to meet at 11 a.m. at the ice skating rink. There will be a potluck-style party at 4 p.m. with a 50/50 raffle, auction items and a best dish contest. PTAG member are asked to bring a dish or make a $5 donation. Non-members are asked to bring a dish and $5 or make a $10 donation.


Butler Wobble

The Butler Wobble will demonstrate the science and skills of unicycle riding from noon to 2 p.m. today at the Carnegie Science Center's Bikes Plaza along the Three Rivers Heritage Trail along the North Shore.

The event, sponsored by Peoples Natural Gas, is being held in conjunction with the center's current exhibit BIKES: Science on Two Wheels. Butler Wobble, a Pittsburgh-area organization, welcomes new members.


More Montour

The Montour Trail Council will celebrate the official opening of a 115-foot-long truss bridge over Piney Fork Creek and 8/10ths of a mile of trail in South Park Township beginning at 1 p.m. July 13.

The ceremony will be at the new Trip hammer Road trailhead near the bridge. Parking will be limited. Light refreshments will be served.

Council volunteers refurbished the 93-year-old bridge and installed a wooden deck. The new trail segment borders the creek from Triphammer Road to Piney Fork Road.

Council president Dennis Pfeiffer and government envoy Ned Williams will discuss trail improvements, including a progress report on the restoration of the nearby Library Viaduct over Route 88.


Waterfront bike racks

Acting on a request from the Steel Valley Trail Council, 25 single bike racks, the first of two bike corrals and air pumps have been installed at the Waterfront.

General manager Carole DeAngelo said the center also cleaned up the Steel Valley Trail segment of the Great Allegheny Passage that borders the property, opening up views of the Monongahela River.


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Larry Walsh writes about recreational bicycling for the Post-Gazette.


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