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Weekly Tips | May 02, 2011

Bike Swap!


Is your child’s bike in need of repair or replacement? Start your search this Saturday at Bike Works’ annual Kids Bike Swap, May 7th from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Year round, Bike Works volunteers fix and overhaul donated bicycles specifically for this event. This unique program offers recycled kids bicycles at affordable prices while keeping reusable bikes out of the landfill.

Swapping up is easy: bring a bike to swap, find a “new” bike, trade.

If the chosen bike’s value exceeds that of the swapped bike, you only have to pay the difference in value. According to Bike Works staff, most families are able to take home a newly recycled ride for $12 or less.

Don’t have a bike to trade? Fear not! Families looking to buy a bike (vs. swap) are welcome to come after 12 p.m.

Resources: Bike Works | CleanScapes Bicycle Re-Cycling Program

The Big Picture

In June 2010, CleanScapes and Bike Works created a partnership to keep unwanted and broken bicycles out of the landfill. Since the program’s launch, over 1,000 bicycles have been recycled.

The Re-Cycling program has consistently collected 10-50 bikes weekly for reuse, repair and recycling. The bicycles and parts are delivered to Bike Works headquarters in Columbia City where they are assessed and organized into resale, repair, donation or scrap metal recycling categories.

Help reduce waste by recycling any unwanted, unused or broken bicycles and bike parts. Your donation helps support youth programs, the Bike Works’ community Bike Shop, as well as two bicycle aid programs that redistribute bicycles to Africa.

Source: CleanScapes Bicycle Re-Cycling Program 

Reduce first. Reuse what you can, and then Recycle.


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