Traverse City's 3rd Annual Recycle-A-Bicycle Bike Swap

Traverse City Events: Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation (TART) Trails announces the 3rd annual bicycle swap to benefit the Recycle-A-Bicycle program on Saturday, June 1st. The bike swap is held the weekend leading into Smart Commute Week, so it is the perfect time to get wheels for summer commuting. The swap typically has a nice selection of kid’s bikes, too.

Those wishing to sell a bike in the swap must come to check it in at the Old Town Parking Deck on Friday, May 31st, from 5pm-8pm. The seller sets the price, but is encouraged to price it to sell. Recycle-A-Bicycle benefits because 25% of the sale price goes to the R-A-B program and 75% goes to the seller.

On Saturday, June 1st, the swap is open from 9am to 2pm for the public to view, test ride and purchase bicycles. Last year there was a line-up of buyers waiting for the doors to open and inventory moved fast.

On Sunday, June 2nd, sellers return to the parking deck between 9am and noon to pick up their check and/or any unsold bikes.

The bike swap also offers free floor space on a first-come, first- served basis for vendors that wish to sell cycling related items (other than a fully constructed bicycle) or use for informational booths. Vendors donate 25% of their sales to the R-A-B program. Booths may include but are not limited to bike parts and accessories, bicycle related art, bike clubs and associations, bicycle events, helmets, clothing, etc. To secure your vendor space today, please contact Don Cunkle, Recycle-A-Bicycle Program Coordinator, by email at [email protected].

TART Trails’ Recycle-A-Bicycle Program provides economically disadvantaged individuals in the Grand Traverse region refurbished bicycles for transportation purposes. Don Cunkle is the founder and tireless volunteer program coordinator of Recycle-A-Bicycle. Since 2007, Cunkle has collected, repaired and distributed more than 800 bicycles throughout the community. The funds from the bike swap will be used for program operational costs, including workshop space on Woodmere Avenue. The Recycle-A-Bicycle program continues to seek donated bicycles, usable bike parts, and monetary donations to keep up with the need in the community.

Contact Lee Kurt, Trail Planning and Program Director for TART Trails, at 231-941-4300 or [email protected] for more information on the bike swap and ways to support the Recycle-A-Bicycle program.

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