The Spokane Bike Swap & Expo seeks to improve the health of our community by providing
an inclusive venue with a wide range of affordable bicycle, bicycle related products
and services while raising money to help preserve the
Spokane River Centennial Trail.
The mission of the Friends of the Centennial Trail is to assist in the maintenance
and development of the Spokane River Centennial Trail, and its adjacent parklands.
- The Spokane River Centennial Trail is a living, free resource that belongs to the
community. We want to continue to preserve and improve it for many years to come.
- The Trail is a sustainable resource that relies on community support, grants and
donations for development.
- The 20th anniversary of the Trail was in 2012 and it's still unfinished. It will
take all of us working together to complete it.
The Spokane Bike Swap & Expo was initiated by the Spokane County Commute Trip Reduction
Office, in conjunction with Sterling Bank. Partnering with the Friends of the Centennial
Trail, the volunteer Bike Swap Team coordinate the two-day event and lead active
roles in the community.
Spokane Bike Swap and Expo is the biggest “garage sale” for used bicycles in our region and offers something for everyone. It is a wonderful way to donate or consign bikes you have outgrown, don’t ride
or want to upgrade. It also provides affordable bikes for those who cannot afford to purchase a new one.
Proceeds from the Spokane Bike Swap and Expo are donated to Friends of the Centennial Trail, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization focused on the maintenance and completion of our Trail.
Thanks to sponsors, exhibitors, volunteers and attendees, Spokane Bike Swap & Expo doubled its size and impact in just two years.
Additionally in 2013, we have added donated bikes, bike accessory sales and have partnered with the Kiwanis Paint-a-Helmet Program.
Recap of the 2015 Swap
The annual Spokane Bike Swap continues to grow in popularity,
and that means more funding for improvements on the Centennial Trail.
Nearly 4,000 people attended the bike swap on April 11 and 12 at the
Spokane County Fair and Expo Center. The event raised $38,000 for the
Friends of the Centennial Trail. The funds will go for projects to
expand or maintain the Spokane River side of the trail, which runs for
37 1/2 miles from Lake Spokane to Stateline. The trail is linked to the
North Idaho Centennial Trail, which runs eastward to Higgens Point State
Park on Lake Coeur d’Alene. The Washington and Idaho segments combined
stretch about 60 miles.
The fourth annual bike swap had 58 exhibitors
and more than 900 used bikes for sale. Attendees purchased 673 of those bikes.
That compares with 169 bikes sold during the first bike swap and 549
sold last year, said LeAnn Yamamoto, event director.
Recap of the 2014 Swap
More than 3,000 people swelled in during the 3rd annual Spokane
Bike Swap on April 12th and 13th at the Spokane County Fair & Expo Center. The 53
exhibitors and nearly 750 used bikes on display pushed the limits of the space.
Even with the venue packed, the atmosphere was jovial and the tens (nearly a hundred)
volunteers were on hand to help guide selection and check-out. New this year,
each child 14 and younger that bought a bike in the bike corral received a free
Bell helmet and helmet fitting. Over 170 new-in-box helmets were given away.
The Spokane Bike Swap was able to present the Friends of the Centennial Trail
with a check for $30,000 that was raised during the 3rd Swap. “We tripled the
amount of used bikes sold from our first year in the bike corral” said LeAnn
Yamamoto, Spokane Bike Swap Event Director.