Media Advisory: 2013 Great Maine Bike Swap in Portland

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 
Contact:
 
Brian Allenby
Communication Director
Bicycle Coalition of Maine
207.252.8688
 
 
The Great Maine Bike Swap Set for Portland on April 28
 
Portland, ME – The Great Maine Bike Swap is returning to USM’s Sullivan Gym on April 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The swap offers a way for people to buy affordable, used bicycles and/or to sell bicycles that they no longer need.
Hundreds of bicycles of all types will be for sale, including mountain bikes, road bikes, classic cruisers, kids’ bikes and hybrids.  A large test riding area will allow shoppers to try out bicycles and advisors will be on hand to help with pricing and bike fit. Admission is $3, with free admission for students at UMaine, the University of Southern Maine (USM), the University of New England and Southern Maine Community College as well as children 12 or younger.
 
New this year is an updated online bike registration system that will make it easier to sell a bike. Sellers will be able to register their bikes online before the Swaps through a simple online form that will save time and cut down on drop-off lines.  
 
Those selling bicycles should register the bikes online at bikemaine.org/swap and then drop them off at the USM Sullivan Gym between 6 and 8 p.m. on Saturday April 27.  To inquire about the potential for an earlier drop-off, please call the Bicycle Coalition at 623-4511.  A 15 percent commission on bike sales will support the coalition’s work to improve bicycling in Maine.
 
The event is produced by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine in partnership with USM’s Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies.  The Portland swap attracted more than 1,600 people last year.
 
The Great Maine Bike Swap in Orono will be held at the University of Maine’s New Balance Student Recreation and Fitness Center on April 14, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  For more information about both swaps, please visit bikemaine.org/swap or call (207) 623-4511.
 
Photos of the Great Maine Bike Swap (Portland) are available upon request.
 
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The Bicycle Coalition of Maine is the statewide voice of cyclists. Since 1992, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine has led the effort to make Maine better for biking by protecting the rights and safety of cyclists through education, advocacy, legislation and encouragement.  We support biking for health, transportation, recreation and fun.  For more information: bikemaine.org.
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