Kids' Bike Swap: renewed smiles
Bike Works' 15th annual Bike Swap benefits the local community and the environment!
Bike Works, Columbia City’s nonprofit bike shop and youth bicycle education organization, will hold its 15th annual Kids' Bike Swap on Saturday, May 7, 2011, from 10 am - 4 pm at Genesee Playfield (43rd Ave S and S Genesee St). This annual event is an opportunity for families to trade in a bike their child has outgrown for a larger bike — just in time for the summer riding season.
The Kids' Bike Swap helps to facilitate the flow of affordable bicycles within the community and keeps fully functional bikes out of our local landfills. This year, Bike Works has overhauled over 145 kids' bikes to kick-off the swap!
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 $12 or less. Families looking to buy a bike, who do not have a bike to trade in, are welcome to come after 12 pm.
This year's Swap also provides an opportunity for the community to meet Bike Works' new Executive Director, Deb Salls. "I am excited to meet the families that have been supporting this event for the last 15 years," Salls says. "This event is in perfect alignment with our mission and vision — making bikes accessable and affordable in an environmentally friendly way."
Seattle Children's will fit free bike helmets and provide education on bicycle helmet safety. There will also be a "Family Bike" expo, with examples of different bikes and trailers that allow families to be car free.
Since 1996, Bike Works has been an engaging and safe place for over 2,400 youth. Through time-intensive mentoring programs during the school year, and innovative summer bike touring and riding opportunities, Bike Works reaches youth who are not attracted to traditional enrichment activities, and helps them realize their own self-worth in an environment that supports, encourages, and strengthens them. Bike Works helps people make cycling a part of their everyday lives through adult classes, volunteer opportunities and our community bike shop, where repurposed and recycled bicycles keep cycling accessible, affordable, and environmentally sustainable.
For more information on Bike Works or to help support the organization’s community events and programs please visit www.bikeworks.org or call 725-9408, ext. 1.
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