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Bike swap goes ahead as driveby donation event

The Rogue Valley Bike Swap will be held as a driveby bike donation drive this year.

ASHLAND — The Rogue Valley Bike Swap will be held as a drive-by bike donation drive this year. Bike donations may be made from 1-4 p.m. June 18 and 9 a..m. to noon at June 19 at The Grove, 1195 E. Main St.. Donors will be asked to remain inside their vehicles.

In previous years, bike donations have been accepted at the annual bike swap in April and sold to fund education programs, said Sulaiman Shelton, volunteer and event coordinator for Ashland Parks and Recreation. The bike donation event responds to an increase in demand for outdoor recreation equipment during the pandemic, and the challenge of finding an affordable ride.

Bikes donated at this year’s event will be given to the Rogue Valley Transportation District for distribution through RVTD’s bike distribution program for veterans, and local organizations with connections to people affected by the Almeda fire and low-income community members. Some bikes will be given to Familia Unida Bike Builders and the Teresa McCormick Center, Shelton said.

“We are hoping that this bike drive will help facilitate some movement of used bikes in the community,” he said. “Bikes are most useful when they are in rideable condition, but bikes that need minor repairs are welcome.”

More information may be found at RVTD.org/bikeswap.