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Universal Cycles has donated $15,000 to the NW Trail Alliance!

   Posted December 19, 2012 - Permalink
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On Wednesday December 12th we had a fundraiser night for the NW Trail Alliance. The night was celebrating the great efforts that the NWTA has put in over the last few years to expand trail access for mountain bikes in the Portland area. Recently Universal Cycles donated $15,000 to the NWTA to purchase trail building equipment that was awarded to the NWTA through Oregons RTP grant. A ditch witch and other equipment will be purchased to help the on going trail building efforts happening around Portland. We even had Arkel throw in a sweet pannier bag to raffle off for the cause! One of our customers John P. was the winner of the bag and he was stoked to use it. Overall we had a great night with about 40 people taking trails and what we hope to see happen with trails over the next few years. If you would like to donate to the NWTA goto , your donation is tax deductible!

In the fall of 2012, NWTA was awarded a $55,248 grant through Oregon's Recreational Trails Program (RTP) for the purchase of equipment to be used for building trail within the Portland Metro area and region. As part of the grant requirements, NWTA has to provide a 20% match to receive the money, a common stipulation for such funding. Universal Cycles generously stepped up and donated the first $15,000 to cover the matching funds needed by the NWTA.

"This donation will allow NWTA to purchase the proper equipment to build sustainable trails in the area's challenging and environmentally sensitive terrain," said Victor Sandrin, retail store manager of Universal Cycles. "This will also help the NWTA maintain a growing inventory of trails in the greater Portland area, including Stub Stewart State park, Cascade Locks Easy Climb trail system and the Sandy Ridge trail system." The RTP grant and $15,000 donation will be used to buy a Ditch Witch machine to go along with the ST240 trail building machine that the NWTA already has, along with other needed equipment such as shovels, mcleods, winches and other trail building tools. Through this donation, NWTA will be able to construct sustainable trails including the forthcoming improvements to Fire Lane 5 in Forest Park. "It takes a community to build trails and we are grateful for such an extremely generous contribution and partner. We work hard to provide places for people to ride and this donation shows that all our hard work is being recognized by everyone from land managers to the bike industry," says Jon Pheanis, NWTA President.


The Recreational Trails Grants (RTP) are national grants administered by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department for recreational trail-related projects, such as hiking, running, bicycling, off-road motorcycling, and all-terrain vehicle riding. Yearly grants are awarded based on funds voted on by the U.S. Congress. Click here for more information.

The end of the year is a great time to donate and help secure new trails and maintain existing trails within the Pacific Northwest. NWTA is a 501(c)3 organization and all donations are tax deductible, if you would like to donate online goto

About the NWTA. Northwest Trail Alliance is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization based in Portland, Oregon. We are one of the Northwest's leading mountain bike advocacy and trail stewardship groups. Created in 1988 as a grassroots club of local riders, focused on maintaining bike access to Forest Park - Portland's renowned urban park -, We have grown into a regional advocacy group, stewarding trails and advocating for trail access across a wide radius around Portland; from Forest Park and Powell Butte within the city limits of Portland, to the southern foothills of Mount St Helens, to the western slopes of Mount Hood, to Tillamook State Forest and Scappoose. For more information and to find out how you can help, go to, or contact: Jon Pheanis (


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