(PORTLAND, Maine) May 4, 2022 – Seller registration for the Great Maine Bike Swap at USM Gorham on June 12 has opened, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine announced Wednesday.
“After a successful Swap in Lewiston on April 24, we are happy to open registration for our second Swap of 2022,” BCM Event Manager Emily Lozeau said of the consignment-style sales event.
The upcoming Swap will be held inside the USM Field House on the University of Southern Maine campus in Gorham on Sunday, June 12. Sellers will need to register their bikes online between now and June 9, with bike drop-off set for Saturday, June 11.
There’s a $5 per-bike fee for sellers, as well as a $5 entrance fee for everyone age 12 and over, although USM students can attend for free. A 15% commission fee for every bike sold goes to the BCM. All fees and commissions are used just to cover the cost of the event, which is in no way a fundraiser, the Coalition says.
The Bike Swap was traditionally held on the USM Portland campus, but ongoing renovations to the Sullivan Gym have necessitated a move elsewhere. After a pandemic pause in 2020, the event temporarily moved to Kennedy Park in 2021, but the USM Office of Sustainability is once again partnering with the Coalition to hold this year’s events.
The Gorham location will ensure people in the Greater Portland area will still have a place nearby to buy road and mountain bicycles, as well as gravel bikes, kids bikes, hybrids, tandems, and more.
As per the COVID policies of both USM and the BCM, all attendees age 12 and over must show proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test administered by a testing provider within the last 48 hours. Additionally, all attendees are required to wear a mask inside USM buildings.
Visit bikemaine.org/events/bike-swap/ for more details, to register a bike for sale, or to sign up as a volunteer.
The Bicycle Coalition of Maine is the statewide voice of cyclists and pedestrians. Since 1992, the BCM has led the effort to make Maine better for bicycling and walking by protecting the rights and safety of cyclists and pedestrians through education, advocacy, legislation, and encouragement. We support biking and walking for health, transportation, and recreation. For more information, visit bikemaine.org.