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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Bike Swap cultivates community, sustainability

Wanna change the world? Ride a bike.

It sounds simple, and it is. One of the best ways to make positive change in your community, your world, yourself, is driving less and biking more.

To that end, Dupaco is partnering with NewBo City Market, 1100 Third St. SE, in Cedar Rapids, for its inaugural NewBo City Market Bike Swap . The event cultivates community while also encouraging environmental and financial sustainability.




And this bicycle bonanza, scheduled for Saturday, May 17, couldn’t come at a more perfect time – the closing day of Bike to Work Week.

“Biking is already on people’s minds, and we wanted to have an event that celebrates the biking culture in one of the most bike friendly neighborhoods in town,” said Preston Moore, director of marketing and special events at NewBo City Market. “We’re constantly filled with bicyclists, so we wanted to do this event as a way to say thank you for using our neighborhood.”

Modeled after bike swaps in larger cities, the NewBo City Market Bike Swap & Ride will be a fun, casual event where people can buy, sell and trade bikes and bike gear. Unlike some larger bike swaps, this event is free to attend and to trade items, but sellers can pay $25 for a table space with more room. Advance registration isn’t required.

“Like with any hobby, a lot of people that are in to biking collect a lot of stuff,” Moore said. “This is a good opportunity for people to get together and reuse, recycle and share the love of bicycling.”

The first 500 bicyclists who come to the event will receive a ride cup sponsored by Peace Tree Brewing Co. that is good for discounts on Peace Tree beer at NewBo City Market’s bar, Parlor City Pub & Eatery and Odie’s Bar & Grill in Ely.

Following the swap, scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon, bicyclists are encouraged to ride the Cedar River Trail from NewBo City Market to Ely, 18 miles roundtrip. Ely’s park will play host to music and food vendors.

Moore said he expects a good turnout at the event, with more than 350 attendees already registered.

“We’re really excited to work with Dupaco. It was such a natural fit when we started talking about the Bike Swap,” Moore said. “This is a way for people to experience micro economy. And it’s a good way for people to save money.”

 

By Emily Kittle

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