Good day for a bike swap

Photos by | Daily TidingsAshlanders took advantage of the fair weather Saturday for the annual Bike Swap.

People flocked to the parking lot of The Grove and the lawn behind the Ashland Police Station Saturday to shop for bicycles and accessories.

Julia Garrity welcomed the crowds at the entrance. This is Garrity's first time volunteering for this event.

"It's totally fun," Garrity said. "It feels really good to participate."

The Bicycle Safety Chicken also made an appearance. The Safety Chicken encourages children to use the crosswalk and to always wear a helmet when riding.

The Bike Swap is put on by the Ashland Parks and Recreation Department and the Ashland Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission. Residents drop off used bikes before the festivities, name their price and then hope someone in attendance will buy it.

Many vendors, including Unreal Cycles, were presenting their wares to bike enthusiasts. Lewis Hollingsworth, owner of Unreal Cycles, is new to Ashland. In January he moved his business from San Francisco to Ashland.

"I moved my business here because of the large cycle community," Hollingsworth said. "and the city council is offering incentives for new businesses here."

The parking lot of the Grove provided lots of room for people to test out potential bikes they were thinking of purchasing. There were also modified bicycles for attendees to try, including long-board type bicycles and a cab bike. A cab bike is an egg shaped aerodynamic bicycle from Germany.

Assisting the people in line waiting to pay for a bicycle they've chosen, was James diProperzio. This was diProperzio's first year volunteering, as a new resident in Ashland. "This is a great event and a good way to get your bike," said diProperzio.

Adam Benson and his wife Skoshi Wise were purchasing a bicycle for their 6-year-old Keale Kimokeo-Benson. "He just had a birthday," said Benson, "and he just learned to ride a two-wheeled bicycle, so this is his first big-boy bike."

The used bikes for sale varied in price from $10 to $800. Fifteen percent of the sales will go to the Parks and Recreation department and the rest to the former owner of the bike.

Share This Story