April 28, 2018 Raptor Row Ride
The Steel Valley Trail Council (STVC) with the support of the Three Rivers Birding Club (3RBC) is sponsoring a bicycle ride on the Great Allegheny Passage Trail (GAP Trail) to celebrate the success of the raptors that nested on the trail in 2016. The ride will include a visit to the osprey nest just past Kennywood and to the Hays bald eagle nest. The ride will also visit the great horned owl nest (which is inactive in 2017 year, though the Animal Rescue League Shelter and Wildlife Center will have a rescued live owl on site) and a red tail hawk nest or two. Experienced Three River Bird Club members will be at the various raptor nest sites and most if not all sites will have scopes available for close up viewing of the nest sites and any raptors that might be present.
The ride to all four of the 2016 nest sites which produced 10 offspring in 2015 is about 13.5 miles round trip on a mostly level paved surface. There will also be an optional extension of the ride to a new kestrel nest site in McKeesport (which would make the overall round trip about 18 miles).
May 20, 2017 Adaptive Cycling Expo
The Steel Valley Trail Council and Regional Trail Corporation held an event to demonstrate various cycles that will allow individuals with disabilities to enjoy local bicycle trails. This was in cooperation with the Waterfront Bike Rental service next to Mitchell’s Fish Market in the Waterfront on May 20, 2017 from 11AM to 3PM.
The EXPO took place at Waterfront Bike Rental, which is located at 201 W Waterfront Dr, Homestead, Pennsylvania 15120 (across from Waterfront Town Center via the pedestrian bridge).
The Steel Valley Trail Council is a volunteer organization of the Regional Trail Corporation that supervises and maintains a section of the Great Allegheny Passage trail from the Glenwood bridge to the McKeesport RIDC.
Special participants in this EXPO were the Pittsburgh Steelwheelers, Achilles Pittsburgh and Three Rivers Adaptive Sports, who conducted a clinic to fit hand operated cycles to individuals unable to operate a foot-pedaled cycle. Additional volunteers showed various personal adaptive cycles, such as recumbent, tandem, electric assisted pedal cycles, tricycles and even a recumbent tandem tricycle.
This event was open to the public at no charge to encourage persons to consider such devices so that they can begin, or continue, to enjoy our local trails.