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Used bikes sought for pop-up shop at Murrysville March for Parks

Patrick Varine
| Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 6:54 p.m.
Above, walkers in the 2017 Murrysville March for Parks head toward Duff Park. This year's march is set for March 24, and will leave from the Murrysville Community Center on Carson Avenue.
Patrick Varine | Tribune-Review
Above, walkers in the 2017 Murrysville March for Parks head toward Duff Park. This year's march is set for March 24, and will leave from the Murrysville Community Center on Carson Avenue.
Bicyclists Vince Sodrosky and Bronwyn Kelly Sodrosky, right, attend the grand opening of the third phase of the Westmoreland Heritage Trail on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017. Murrysville March for Parks officials will organize a pop-up bike shop at this year's event, set for March 24.
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Bicyclists Vince Sodrosky and Bronwyn Kelly Sodrosky, right, attend the grand opening of the third phase of the Westmoreland Heritage Trail on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017. Murrysville March for Parks officials will organize a pop-up bike shop at this year's event, set for March 24.

People attending the 2018 March for Parks in Murrysville may be coming to walk, but it's entirely possible they could leave with a new set of wheels.

Bicycle wheels, that is.

The Murrysville Trail Alliance , in partnership with the Westmoreland County Parks & Recreation Citizen Advisory Board, will operate a pop-up used bike shop when the Murrysville portion of the march kicks off later this month.

“We thought there might be a need to have something for people to be able to get a bike and get some cycling equipment at a reasonable cost,” trail alliance Chairwoman Betsy Aiken said. “We thought it would be especially useful for families with kids. They may be able to find a newer bike that's not too exorbitantly expensive.”

To that end, the alliance and county parks department, along with Pro Bike+Run in Monroeville, will accept donations of used bikes through March 20.

“Donations have been slow, possibly because it's winter,” Aiken said. “Some people may have not wanted to fight the snow and inclement weather to get bikes out. So we welcome any donations up through the 20th. That'll give us some time to get them organized and get them all transported.”

Aiken said the shop only makes sense, given the frequent use of trails by cyclists.

“We see bike use as very complementary to the trails, especially the new extension,” she said. “And the proceeds from the shop will go toward further extensions of the trail.”

The Murrysville March for Parks is set for March 24, with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Murrysville Community Center, 3091 Carson Ave.

For more, see MurrysvilleTrailAlliance.org or the county's March for Parks website .

Patrick Varine is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-850-2862, pvarine@tribweb.com or via Twitter @MurrysvilleStar.

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