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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Peddle your gear at the annual Bike Swap & Ride

As a credit union, Dupaco is about people, thrift and community.

That’s why Dupaco is again partnering with NewBo City Market in Cedar Rapids for its second annual Bike Swap & Ride, scheduled for Saturday, May 16 – the closing day of Bike to Work Week.

The Bike Swap & Ride is a fun, casual event where people can buy, sell and swap bikes and bike gear. The event, which brings together biking enthusiasts, cultivates community while also encouraging environmental and financial sustainability – a perfect fit for both Dupaco and NewBo City Market.

“The Market is about community. This event brings people together to support healthy habits and fun through biking,” said Kristie Wetjen, executive director of NewBo City Market. “The New Bohemia District is a great place to bike, walk and run. We see people all the time rolling and strolling through the neighborhood.”

Unlike some larger bike swaps, this event is free to attend and to trade items. Advance registration isn’t required.

“There are other bike swaps, but not in this immediate area,” Wetjen said. “We would love to grow this event into a large, full-day event.”

Following the swap, scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon, bicyclists are encouraged to take a self-led ride to Ely. The 18-mile roundtrip ride on the Cedar River Trail is great for all ages and skill levels, Wetjen said.

New to this year’s riding portion is a game of Bicycle Bingo. Bicyclists who get at least five businesses to stamp their bingo card will be entered into a drawing for a prize package. And two lucky winners, who must be among the first 200 attendees, will receive $50 in NewBo gift certificates in their swap bag.

By Emily Kittle

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