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 2016 Swap
Moving from a 2-day event to a 1-day event, the Spokane Bike Swap (SBS)
continues to grow and raise awareness about bicycling by providing an
inclusive venue with a wide range of affordable bicycles, bicycle
related products and services while raising money to help preserve the
Spokane River Centennial Trail. As the major fund raiser for the Friends
of the Centennial Trail, the SBS raised $36,000. With 63 exhibitors and
over 900 used bikes registered to sell in the bike corral, there was
something for everyone. "It is inspiring to know we are helping the
community, in addition to contributing to a non-profit organization
that benefits so many people," smiled SBS Event Director, LeAnn Yamamoto.
SBS proceeds have added $134,000 to the Trail Builder's Fund in five years.
The Trail Builder's Fund is designated for the Spokane River Centennial
Trail maintenance, gap completion matching funds, signs and safety upgrades.
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.