Universal Cycles of Portland Oregon has donated $15,000 to be used to purchase trail building equipment. Universal Cycles gave the multi-thousand dollar contribution to the Northwest Trail Alliance (NWTA), a nonprofit mountain bike advocacy and trail stewardship organization and International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) chapter.
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.
Universal Cycles, located at 2202 E. Burnside Street, will host a fundraiser night on Wednesday, December 12th from 5pm to 7pm to help raise additional funds for the NWTA and trail projects at locations including Sandy Ridge, Stub Stewart State Park, Cascade Locks and Forest Park. There will be some refreshments and some information on all the things that are happening around the Portland area for the NWTA. 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 www.nw-trail.org/donate
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. For more information, go to http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/grants/Pages/trails.aspx
About Universal Cycles. Since 1997, Universal Cycles has offered the largest selection (over 30,000 products!) along with the best available prices on mountain and road cycling, freeride, single speed, 29er, BMX, and downhill components. We are one of the original online bike shops. Our dedicated staff has well over 100 years of combined cycling industry experience, and we take great pride in the quality of our customer service. We carry products by hundreds of manufacturers. In addition to all of the major brands you'll find everywhere, you'll find that we stock many brands that you won't find anywhere else. For more information, go to www.universalcycles.com.
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 www.nw-trail.org.
For more information on the NW Trail Alliance, please contact: Jon Pheanis Jonp@nw-trail.org For more information on Universal cycles, contact: Victor Sandrin Vic@universalcycles.comDecember 08, 2012