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Media Release: Rainbow ROUTES Bike Exchange Seeking Community Support

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SUDBURY, Ont — May 15, 2013 — For the second year in a row, Rainbow ROUTES Association (RRA) is hosting two Bike Exchange events where children can trade in their outgrown bike for a gently used one of the correct size. The Bike Exchanges will take place on Saturday May 25 and June 8 from 10am to 2pm at Tom Davies Square, 200 Brady Street in Downtown Sudbury.

Bicycles used for the exchange are donated by members of the community, then volunteers conduct a safety inspection and equip them with a new bell and reflective tape before giving them to a child in need. Families who do not have bicycles to trade in may receive a bike by making a token donation to help support the project.

“The success of the Bike Exchange relies heavily on support from our community to donate gently used bikes prior to each event. Last year we exchanged 120 bicycles so kids could experience the joy of riding their own bike.” said Rainbow Routes’ President, Samantha Baulch. “We also gave away about 300 helmets through this project to help families ride safely.”  

To donate bicycles, please drop them off at Tom Davies Square between 4pm and 7pm on Wednesday May 22nd or Thursday May 23rd or the day of the event. For details visit or email to make other arrangements.

This event has been developed as part of the Sudbury Cycles Project, with the goal of providing bicycles to families living on a low income. Bicycles are provided on a first come first serve basis, sizes and quantities may vary. The Bike Exchange is supported by many partners including the Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion, the Sudbury & District Health Unit, the City of Greater Sudbury, Cubeit Portable Storage, the MTO Road Safety Challenge and the Brain Injury Association.

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