History

2001

The Pittsburgh Trails Advocacy Group (PTAG) is founded by David Biber, Nancy Trun, Danielle Conway and Don Olsen in response to national and local concerns about the closure of park trails to cyclists. As such, PTAG becomes one of the pioneering clubs created between the late 1980s and early 2000s with a focus on biker-education and grass-roots sustainable trail management. For the first couple of years, PTAG operates as an informal network of mountainbiking enthusiasts interested in sustainable trail maintenance.

PTAG gains permission to adopt the mountain bike trail at Moraine State
Park. In 2004, the first new trail proposal at Moraine is submitted, and trail work starts in 2006.

2003

PTAG becomes a fiscal project of Bike-PGH, a 501(3)c bicycling advocacy group responsible for making Pittsburgh a more bike-friendly city.

2004

Dirt Rag magazine becomes involved with PTAG and adopts Hartwood Acres, sponsoring the first trail workday on June 6.

The first City of Pittsburgh sanctioned trail work takes place in December, when 100 PTAG volunteers work for 2 days to replace a fall line trail with a sustainable, dynamic IMBA style trail.

2005

First year of gala-style work days, with 10 events held in Frick Park, Moraine State Park, North Park, South Park, Hartwood Acres and Roaring Run.

2006

Inaugural year of the annual Allegheny Counthy Parks Mountain Bike Festival, held in five County parks: Boyce, Deer Lakes, Hartwood Acres, North and South. Organized by former board member Mike Connors, the event offers guided rides for all skill levels. More than 400 riders show up.

In October, IMBA visits Pittsburgh/PTAG with two class sessions in Frick Park; one is attended by 30 land managers and the other by 45 volunteers.

PTAG receives a $500 IMBA CLIF Bar grant.

PTAG receives an REI Grant for Conservation in the amount of $5,000.

2007

The second annual Allegheny County Parks Mountain Bike Festival is held June 20-24 in five county parks.

PTAG receives a State of PA Department of Community and Economic Development grant of $10,000 in support of our mission.

2008

The third annual Allegheny County Parks Mountain Bike Festival is held from July 4-8 in five county parks.

2009

The fourth annual Allegheny County Parks Mountain Bike Festival is held from June 17-20 in three county parks, Boyce, South and North, plus Hillman State Park (Bavington State Game Lands).

PTAG receives an REI Grant for Community Engagement to the tune of $5,000.

2010

In April, IMBA visits Pittsburgh/PTAG for a second time with a session in North Park attended by 52 participants (land managers and volunteers).

Family, friends and Siemens Water Technologies co-workers of Stefan Pfundstein, an avid mountain biker, collect over $2,200 to donate to the Friends of North Park to have a mountain bike trail built in his honor after he passed away in May 2009. PTAG designs and builds the Pfundstein Trail according to IMBA standards, providing a fast and flowing ride that winds around the North Ridge's hillside contours.

The fifth annual Allegheny County Parks Mountain Bike Festival takes place over five days with rides in Deer Lakes Park, Hartwood Acres, North Park and Boyce Park.

PTAG receives a $10,000 REI Grant for Membership Increases to make major upgrades to our website's useability and to support our grass-roots trail maintenance and education mission.

In December, PTAG receives 501(3)c non-profit status.

2011

PTAG publishes the PTAG Stewards’ Field Guide and hosts its first Stewards Orientation meeting in March in North Park with 25 people in attendance.

In April, PTAG signs its first Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Allegheny Parks Commission.

In May, PTAG begins work for the first time in Settler's Cabin Park, with an inaugural work day sponsored by REI's nearby Settlers Ridge store.

Thanks to PTAG co-founder and long-time board member Nancy Trun's phenomenal grant writing skills, PTAG receives an additional $10,000 REI Grant to help further our mission.

The sixth annual Allegheny County Parks Mountain Bike Festival, known as "Bike Fest", is held from June 17-20 in three county parks, Boyce, South and North, plus Hillman State Park (Bavington State Game Lands).

On July 10, the PTAG North Park Freeride (NPFR) Area officially opens the Freeride Skills Area to the public, inviting beginner freeriders to practice their skills on progressively more difficult jumps and bridges.