The annual Comox Valley Community Bike Swap is a great place to get bikes of all shapes and sizes. File photo

Comox Valley’s annual Community Bike Swap at Puntledge Elementary April 22

Families of École Puntledge Park Elementary will be hosting the Community Bike Swap. In its fifth year, the swap promises to be a convenient place to buy your next bike or to sell your old one.

The swap continues as a fundraising tradition in the Comox Valley. Originally hosted at École Robb Road Elementary from 2014 – 2016, then the the event was passed to École Puntledge Park Elementary to host. Funds raised go towards a covered bike rack for École Puntledge Park, as another step in encouraging more year-round active transportation to school.

“It is common for people to wonder if there is only kids bikes at this event,” said event co-organizer Angela Holmes. “The Community Bike Swap is for everyone and we encourage people to bring all types of bikes as long as they are in working order. In the past we have had a full range of bikes from run bikes all the way to high end road bikes. Bikes include MTB, commuters, road bikes and the beach cruisers.”

“The basis of the community bike swap is to get people on bikes so they can go experience the joy of biking,” added co-organizer Monique Robertson. “This event planned for Earth Day 2018 can also be a way to celebrate sustainable living and to take a few easy steps to green your commuting needs by buying a bike.”

Organizers thank the event sponsors – Islander Pizza and Pasta, Jamie Edwards -Real Estate Comox Valley, and Greenspace Renovations, who have stepped up and sponsored for the second year in a row.

The sale is from noon to 3 p.m. in the school gym. Come early to have barbecued smokies from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Need to sell a bike or bike-related accessories? Drop off Saturday, April 21, 3 – 6 p.m. or Sunday, April 22, 9-11:30 a.m.. There is a tag fee of $1 per item and 15 per cent consignment. Payment to seller and any unsold bikes can be picked-up Sunday April 22, 5-6 p.m.

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