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GTECH bike tour of Hilltop will visit reclaimed vacant lots in neighborhoods


GTECH’s fifth annual fundraising bike tour and post-ride celebration will be held Saturday, Aug. 20, starting at 9 a.m. at the Beltzhoover Community Center at 403 Gearing Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15210.

The day will kick off with a bike tour highlighting GTECH’s vacant lot reclamation sites throughout the Hilltop neighborhoods. The tour will be cruising through Hilltop communities where GTECH has been working with residents and community groups for the past two years to turn vacant lots into community assets by helping to build gardens, parklets and playspaces.

The bike tour will be followed by a pop-up party with food trucks and lawn games from Noon – 2:00 PM at the Garden on Gearing at 403 Gearing Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15210.

Registration for the bike tour is $15 and participants have the option of selecting a family-friendly relaxed route or a more advanced and rigorous hilly route. Riders will be provided refreshments by local eateries throughout the ride to refuel during the tour. The pop-up party is free, and will offer fare from food trucks and beverages for purchase.

Those interested may register online at Funds raised will support GTECH’s work in reclaiming vacant land for community green space in the Greater Pittsburgh Region.

Discount and free scholarship tickets are available for Hilltop residents: Scholarship Tickets are available to Hilltop residents who would like to ride but may need assistance with the cost. The tickets are first-come-first serve to those who feel they are in need of assistance. When registering, use the code: Allies for scholarship tickets; Discount Tickets of 10% off are available with the code: 2Wheels10.

Started in 2012 , Two Wheels Lots of Green is a bike tour of GTECH’s reclaimed urban green spaces throughout the Greater Pittsburgh Region. The tour accommodates all levels of riders – from families with young children, to casual riders interested in community development, to avid cyclists.

Each guided tour features several stops at green spaces where community members responsible for the project are waiting to discuss the site’s transformation.


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