The bike swap celebrated its first anniversary successfully and it can get even better next time.
I think there is a lot of pent-up demand for bikes. We had a lot of people come around expecting to see a lot of bikes for sale, but we just didn't get enough sellers! I know they are out there, the items for sale on the Toronto craigslist is huge.
Yesterday was Earth Day and I spent a good 12 hours of it co-organizing the Bike Swap for the Community Bicycle Network along with Steve of the U of T BikeChain and a bunch of great volunteers - all interested in helping out with the small details of bikes and trading them. We also had our local Bike Pirates volunteer their time.
The swap is organized around exchanging money for bikes, not so much trading a bike for a bike. We take a 15% consignment fee for our troubles of connecting buyers and sellers.
The whole bike swap is great because it meets two essential missions of the cycling community, it raises some money to do cycling education and advocacy, and it helps connect people with new bikes. It's a win-win.