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Monday, June 17, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Out & About: Spokane Bike Swap boosts Centennial Trail

Volunteer Greg Dompier checks in bikes before the 2016 Spokane Bike Swap and Expo at the Spokane County Fair & Expo Center. (File/The Spokesman-Review)
Volunteer Greg Dompier checks in bikes before the 2016 Spokane Bike Swap and Expo at the Spokane County Fair & Expo Center. (File/The Spokesman-Review)

OUTPEDDLE – It’s prime time to sell or buy to downsize or expand and upgrade your bicycle fleet at the annual Spokane Bike Swap & Expo set for Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Spokane County Fair & Expo Center.

Bring bikes to sell on consignment on Friday, 3-8 p.m. See more details and expedite the process by preregistering bikes for sale at SpokaneBikeSwap.com.

Bikes also can be donated for sale. All profits from the event are earmarked for projects organized by the Friends of the Spokane River Centennial Trail.

Hundreds of bikes will be available for purchase. Admission is $5.

However, kids younger than 13 get free admission. In addition, kids younger than 15 who purchase a bike at the Bike Corral get a free helmet while supplies last.

A bicycle commuter class will be offered at 11 a.m. by Dave Mannino of Two Wheel Transit. A bike maintenance class will be offered at 1 and 2 p.m. by Annika Lavoie of Wheel Sport.

Free professional bicycle fittings will be offered by Rockwood Physical Therapy and REI.

Prizes will be offered through the swap and about 60 exhibitors will have booths or displays including bike shops offering new bike models.

Last year the event raised $36,000 for the Friends of the Centennial Trail, boosted by 63 exhibitors and more than 900 used bikes registered to sell in the bike corral, said LeAnn Yamamoto, swap director.

Spokane Bike Swap proceeds have added $134,000 to the nonprofit group’s Trail Builder’s Fund in five years, she said. The Trail Builder’s Fund is designated for the Spokane River Centennial Trail maintenance, gap completion matching funds, signs and safety upgrades.

Pass requirements change

at Mount Spokane

OUTPARK – The official grooming season for the cross-country skiing trails at Mount Spokane State Park ends this weekend, although the smaller groomer could still get out, said Steve Christensen, state park manager.

April is a transition period for the type of pass required on vehicles entering the park.

The season’s Sno-Park permit is valid for vehicles entering the park through April. For April, either the Discover Pass or the Washington Sno-Park permit are acceptable in the park, he said.

“Starting May 1, visitors will need the Discover Pass.”

Patrons of Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park do not need a Sno-Park or Discover Pass to park at the resort when it’s open. The downhill ski area is scheduled to close for the season on April 9.

Discover Passes are required year-round at Riverside State Park and most other state parks, except for certain designated “free days.” Two pass-free days at state parks are scheduled this month: April 15 and April 22.

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