SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. -- The Friends of the Centennial Trail were handed a big check Thursday after the third annual Spokane Bike Swap.
Over 3,000 people attended the Spokane Bike Swap on April 12 and 13 at the Spokane County Fair & Expo Center. The two-day event featured 53 exhibitors and nearly 750 used bikes registered to sell.
The Bike Swap raised $30,000 for the Friends of the Centennial Trail.
“Spokane Bike Swap has become the largest supporter of our Trail Builder’s Fund,” explained Friends of the Centennial Trail Executive Director, Loreen McFaul.
McFaul said the Bike Swap proceeds would be designated for Trail expansion, completion and maintenance.
Spokespeople said the third annual Bike Swap tripled the amount of used bikes sold during its first year, selling 549 bikes in April. The local bike shops selling merchandise at the event included Wheel Sport, North Division Bicycle Shop, Fitness Fanatics, NorthWest Recumbent Cycles, Emde Sports, Bicycle Butler, and Terra Sports.
“The need for a community event like this and the ability to raise the awareness for bicycling in our community is apparent from the support we have received from the community,” said LeAnn Yamamoto, Spokane Bike Swap Event Director.
Plans for a 4th Spokane Bike Swap next year were being discussed.