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Centennial Trail nets $30,000 from Spokane Bike Swap

TRAILS — The numbers are in for the third annual Spokane Bike Swap and the checks are written — including a $30,000 boost for the Friends of the Centennial Trail.

“Spokane Bike Swap has become the largest supporter of our Trail Builder’s Fund,” said Loreen McFaul, the friends group's executive director. Proceeds from the April 12-13 Bike Swap are designated for expansion of the popular trail along the Spokane River, completion and maintenance, she said.
 
“Our funding priorities include advocating for funding and construction plans for the Mission Street gap, supporting the construction of two Trail extensions – from Bridge to Boone Avenue and from Sontag Park to the Nine Mile Recreation Area at Lake Spokane, finalizing a gap completion plan for Argonne Road, improving directional and safety signs on the Trail and keeping printed maps, our Google map and Trail posters updated as gaps are completed.”
 
More than 3,000 people attended the 2014 Spokane Bike Swap on at the Spokane County Fair & Expo Center, which featured 53 exhibitors and nearly 750 used bikes registered to sell.
 
“We tripled the amount of used bikes sold from our first year in the bike corral, selling 549 bikes,” said LeAnn Yamamoto, swap event director. To boost cycling safety, 173 children age 14 and younger who bought a bike in the bike corral received a free Bell helmet and helmet fitting, she said.

Route of the Hiawatha opens to bikes on Saturday

BICYCLING — The Route of The Hiawatha rail-trail near Lookout Pass is set to open for the 2014 summer season on Friday, May 24.

The 15-mile route for mountain biking or hiking follows a portion of the abandoned Milwaukee Railroad on a mostly downhill grade between the old town site of Taft, Mont., (off Interstate 90) and the North Fork of the St. Joe River near Avery, Idaho.

Top attractions include seven trestles towering up to 230 feet over the creeks and forest and 10 tunnels, including the 1.7-mile St. Paul Pass Tunnel  (Taft Tunnel) at the Montana-Idaho border.  

Pedal the route down and back on your own for a 30-miler or ride the downhill route and board a shuttle bus for a lift back to the start.

Trail passes ($6-$10), shuttle bus tickets ($6-$9) and mountain bike rentals ($20-$30) are available at Lookout Pass Ski Area 12 miles east of Wallace.

  • By the way, the bike rentals they provide are GREAT smooth-riding fat-tire bikes, complete with helmets and EXTRA-BRIGHT headlights.  You will be very glad you had the sense to have a VERY BRIGHT headlight for going through the St. Paul Pass Tunnel.  Trust me.

The trail will be open daily, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., through Sept. 28.

Spokane Bike Swap offers prizes, helmets for kids

BICYCLING — The Spokane Bike Swap isn't just the region's best place to buy or sell a bicycle.

The April 12-13 event at Spokane County Fair and Expo center  also offers free helmets to kids who get bike,free prizes to the fist 2,500 people through the door, and more.

  • Bike Consignment Check-In: Friday, April 11, 3-8 p.m.
  • Donate, sell, shop on April 12-13, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
From kids bikes and road bikes to tandems and tri-bikes, great deals await and more than 600 used bikes are expected in the Bike Corral.  
 
Bikes for sale can be registered early online. Details: www.SpokaneBikeSwap.com.
 
Kids bikes are in special demand. Registration fees will be waived on kid’s bikes with 20” rims or smaller and priced $50 or less.
 
The event benefits the non-profit Friends of the Centennial Trail.
In addition to bikes, the event will include more than 50 exhibitors and 10 local bike shops. 

Spokane Bike swap a one-stop deal for buying, selling

BICYCLING — The second annual Spokane Bike Swap — a one-stop shop for people interested in buying or selling a bicycle — is set for April 13-14, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m both days, at Spokane County Fair & Expo Center.

There's no better time or place to make a deal on a bike, and the 5 percent consignment fee supports a cycling gem — the Spokane River Centennial Trail.

The event will feature a wide range of used bikes in the bike corral and seven local bike shops with new bikes and accessories.

Admission: $5 or kids under 13 free.

Sellers: check in bikes April 12 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Sellers are urged to pre-register online.

“The goal of the Bike Swap is to enhance Spokane County's biking community by providing affordable bikes for transportation, recreation and fitness,” said LeAnn Yamamoto, event director.

DONATIONS AND FREEBIES

Free bike helmets:  a limit number will be available April 13 for kids ages 3-16 in families of financial hardship through the Kiwanis Paint-A-Helmet program.

 Donate a bike: You can donate a bike to sell for the total benefit of the Centennial Trail.  The Friends of the Centennial Trail will store the bike if you want to bring it in days before the event.  Call (509) 624-7188.