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Spokane County Commute Trip Reduction program celebrates four years of ‘Bike Swap’

By MIKE HUFFMAN
Managing Editor

04/03/2015

 

 

On April 11 and 12, the Spokane Bike Swap will celebrate its fourth-year at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center
This community event, part of Spokane County’s Commute Trip program, is a one-stop shop to find deals and get ready for the upcoming bike season.

Featuring hundreds of new and used bikes and accessories, the event is also an opportunity for attendees to participate in demonstrations, network with bike clubs, and visit a wide variety of exhibitors. This year, over 700 bikes are anticipated to be consigned and over 50 exhibitors, including ten local bike shops, will be present.
To educate and help promote safety, bike helmets will be given away to every child who buys a bike in the bike corral (while supplies last). Over 170 helmets were given away last year.
For more information, go to www.spokanebikeswap.com.
One of the goals for Spokane County’s CTR Office in starting the Bike Swap was to educate and get people comfortable with bicycling in and around Spokane County.
LeAnn Yamamoto, Transportation Demand Management manager said, “Ultimately, we are hoping there is a connection with riding recreationally and having fun to riding your bike to work. Active transportation such as riding your bike to work helps in all three areas of the CTR law including reducing traffic congestion, air pollution and fuel consumption. Not only is it good for our community it has tremendous health benefits as well to the individuals who ride.”
Bike Swap is also an example of the collaboration and efforts behind the CTR Efficiency Act. Under the CTR Efficiency Act, jurisdictions are required to develop and update CTR plans every four years to establish program goals and targets for their urban growth areas.  As the lead agency implementing the CTR Efficiency Act, Spokane County has worked collaboratively, and has successfully updated CTR Plans for the cities of Airway Heights, Cheney, Liberty Lake, Medical Lake, Spokane and Spokane Valley, in addition to unincorporated Spokane County.
The CTR Plan is a collection of goals and policies, facility and service improvements, and marketing strategies that support reducing drive alone trips and vehicle miles traveled by 2020. By making the connection between the CTR program and each city’s comprehensive plan, the CTR plan implements the jurisdiction’s land use and transportation goals and policies to create a transportation efficient land use plan.
With the support and collaboration of employers, business leaders, government agencies and elected officials, the results of the CTR Program removes more than 7,600 vehicles from our roadways every day in Spokane County, reducing over 156,000 daily miles from being driven on our roads.

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