From Bike Works' site:
2010 Kids Bike Swap - May 8th, 2010 , from 10am to 4pm
at Genesee Playfield located at 43rd Ave. South and South Genesee Street
Click here to download the 2010 flyer – spread the word!
Come on down to Genesee Playfield and trade up or down for the next bike. Come watch how a field of big bikes mysteriously shrinks into a bunch of little bikes by the end of the day. Get there early to get a good deal!
How does it work?
Bike Works’ annual Kids Bike Swap event helps to facilitate the flow of affordable bicycles within the community while simultaneously preventing fully functional bikes from ending up in local landfills. This event provides families with a cost-effective opportunity that allows them to trade a child’s bike that has been outgrown for a larger bike that provides both a better fit and ride for their child’s next summer season of riding! Families looking to buy a bike, but do not have a bike to trade in, are welcome to come after 12 pm.
Throughout the year Bike Works receives bike donations, many of which fuel the Kids Bike Swap event in the Spring. Through their full-service repair shop and staff of volunteer mechanics Bike Works is able to maintain, repair and overhaul many of the bikes that come through their doors. This year, Bike Works has overhauled over 100 kids’ bikes to kick-off the swap.
“This event is a fabulous way to get kids and families on bikes and to keep them there as they grow,” said Dara Ayres, immediate past Executive Director of Bike Works.
At the swap, each bike that is brought to be swapped is assigned a trade value, which can then be applied towards a “new” bike. If the chosen bike’s value exceeds that of the trade value the “customer” is responsible for the difference. Typically, when a bike is exchanged, the “customer” is able to take home a newly recycled ride for no more than $12.
The 2008 Kids’ Bike Swap served over 120 families. Many of the families who attend the annual event are regulars who return year after year. Through their full-service repair shop and the numerous recycled bikes sold each year, Bike Works is able to fund a variety of community and youth programs and events.
“As an organization, Bike Works is committed to building sustainable communities by educating youth and promoting bicycling – and the Kids Bike Swap does just that and more by keeping kids and families on bikes as they grow!” said Ayres.