Bike sale seeks donations
CHAMPAIGN — Organizers for the 5th annual Community Used Bike Sale are asking area residents to donate unwanted used bicycles for the event, which raises money for Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County.
Habitat is an organization that serves local low-income families by providing them with affordable housing.
"Do you need to get rid of a good used bike in your garage? Right now is the time to get your bicycle to Champaign Cycle to be included in this year's sale," said Peter Davis, owner of Champaign Cycle.
Donated bicycles will be accepted at the business, located at 506 S Country Fair Drive, Champaign, from April 21 through April 30.
This year's sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 3 at Champaign Cycle.
Organizers cannot accept any bike after April 30, to provide enough time to prepare them for the sale.
Davis said he came up with the idea of the Community Used Bike Sale "to benefit people who had bikes they didn't want and people who were looking for a good used bike.
"I wanted it to also benefit our community and thought Habitat was an ideal beneficiary because they are a local charity. They provide a basic need (housing) to the people in our community, and they have the Restore to sell any leftover donated bikes from the sale," he said. "It's been a good match."
Personnel at Champaign Cycle will inspect all bikes, so they will be in good operating condition for the sale.
A checklist detailing the condition of each bike will be attached to the bike. Representatives from the bike shop will answer questions about the bikes for sale.
In 2013, Champaign Cycle sold 125 bicycles and raised $4,000 for Habitat of Humanity of Champaign County.