Since the inception of the Outdoor Inclusion Coalition (OIC) in 2019, Marcus Shoffner and the…
22 in ’22 & Pennsylvania wilds
Did you know that the Pittsburgh region boasts 25 car-free scenic bike paths?! As a bike enthusiast, I have explored a handful of these bike trails and have heard of a few more, but I had no idea that there are so many!
This is such an incredible resource and Venture Outdoors has the pleasure of hosting 25 trips to explore each and every one of these bike trails. This series, dubbed “22 in ‘22” plus a bonus “Pennsylvania Wilds Weekend” of three more trips have been carefully planned and curated by Volunteer Trip Leader extraordinaire, Fred Zelt.
Meet Fred Zelt
Fred Zelt is a retired geologist, a Certified League Cycling Instructor through the League of American Bicyclists and Founder of the Social Distance Cycling Club, who will bring his knowledge and passion to these exciting trips. Starting in late April and going into mid-October, each weekend excursion will be 10-24 miles long. The group will cycle at a moderate pace and stop often to take photos and discuss topics related to the landscape and the fascinating history of the region, much of which has national or global significance.
Learn the History & Science of our Region
Some important historical landmarks that participants will visit and discuss include the Johnstown Flood, iron furnaces, the interurban trolley network that used to connect Pittsburgh with Chicago, the path of the Pennsylvania Canal, an operating wind farm, and the place where Mail Pouch Tobacco is made! Participants will visit and learn about acid coal mine drainage, a large peninsula shaped from glacial deposits, and a section of the Allegheny River that is part of the National Wild and Scenic River System with diverse wildlife including almost 50 species of freshwater mussels!
Each ride is made for YOU!
The bike paths have gentle grades with surfaces of fine crushed stone, asphalt, or concrete. Many cyclists use road, fitness, or hybrid bikes on these paths, but mountain bikes, fat bikes and more will work too! The trails have occasional road crossings but otherwise are kid friendly (with the exception of the historic Path of the Flood Trail), so if they can pedal the distance or fit in a carrier, then they are welcome to join! Pets in carriers are welcome too, but please let us know in advance.
Bike helmets are required and if you’d like to rent a bike, we may be able to recommend a bike rental and help transport up to three bikes. The week before each trip, registered participants will receive more information about the bike path, what to bring and exactly where to meet at the start.
Get Your Passport: SOLD OUT!!
Join a couple trips OR challenge yourself to explore all these routes by signing up for the whole series. Receive a Passport as a keepsake and reminder of our region’s great bike paths! We will provide a cool printed passport which we will stamp at the start of each excursion.
Plus, save $100 on all the trips by getting a passport – good for all 22 in ‘22 and PA Wilds Weekend!
Purchase your passport when you sign up for one of the first five rides. Alyssa will follow up with you to register for the following rides.
Have any more questions about the 22 in ‘22 & Wilds Weekend Bike Series? Feel free to send me an email at email@example.com or give me a call at 412.255.0564 x 229 and I’m happy to talk. I hope you’re as thrilled about checking out these bike trails as I am and I encourage you to join us on these exciting rides!
|1||04/30/22||Three Rivers Heritage Trail – North Shore||Pittsburgh, PA||<10 miles||Sign Up|
|2||05/01/22||Panhandle Trail||Oakdale, PA||<22 miles||Sign Up|
|3||05/07/22||Montour Trail||McMurray, PA||<10 miles||Sign Up|
|4||05/14/22||Path of the Flood Trail||South Fork, PA||12 miles||Sign Up|
|5||05/15/22||Great Allegheny Passage – Peak of the Passage||Meyersdale, PA||20 miles||Sign Up|
|6||05/21/22||Armstrong Trail||Ford City, PA||20 miles||Sign Up|
|7||05/22/22||Redbank Valley Trail||Redbank Furnace, PA||20 miles||Sign Up|
|8||05/28/22||Karl Boyes Multi||Presque Isle State Park, PA||17 miles||Sign Up|
|9||05/29/22||Rail 66 Country Trail||Shippenville, PA||20 miles||Sign Up|
|10||07/02/22||Butler-Freeport Community Trail||Laneville, PA||<22 miles||Sign Up|
|11||07/09/22||Allegheny River Trail||Emlenton, PA||17 miles||Sign Up|
|12||07/10/22||Samuel Justus Recreation Trail||Franklin, PA||20 miles||Sign Up|
|13||07/16/22||Ghost Town Trail||Dilltown, PA||24 miles||Sign Up|
|14||07/17/22||Westmoreland Heritage Trail||Trafford, PA||20 miles||Sign Up|
|15||08/06/22||West Penn Trail||Saltsburg, PA||13 miles||Sign Up|
|16||08/07/22||Hoodlebug Trail||Black Lick, PA||<22 miles||Sign Up|
|17||08/13/22||Indian Creek Valley Bike Trail||Indian Creek Reservoir, PA||10 miles||Sign Up|
|18||08/14/22||Sheepskin & Mon River Rail-Trails||Point Marion, PA||20 miles||Sign Up|
|19||09/03/22||Sandy Creek Trail||Belmar, PA||24 miles||Sign Up|
|20||09/04/22||Wheeling Heritage, Brooke Pioneer & Wellsburg Yankee Trails||Wheeling, WV||22 miles||Sign Up|
|21||09/10/22||Oil Creek State Park Trail||Oil Creek State Park, PA||20 miles||Sign Up|
|22||09/11/22||Stavich Bike Trail||New Castle, PA||20 miles||Sign Up|
|W1||10/15/22||Wild One! Mahoning Shadow Trail||Punxsutawney, PA||12 miles||Coming soon|
|W2||10/15/22||Wild Too! Clarion-Little Toby Trail||Brockway, PA||12 miles||Coming soon|
|W3||10/16/22||Wild Tree! West Creek Rail Trail||Emporium, PA||24 miles||Coming soon|
We can offer Community Programs like this thanks to the generous support of Alcosan