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PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- More than 2,000 bicycle enthusiasts desended on the University of Southern Maine campus in Portland Sunday to get a head start on the bicycling season.

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine put on its 10th annual Great Maine Bike Swap Sunday at USM's Sullivan Gymnasium. Organizers say the event is a chance for people to buy used bikes, and also sell ones that might be taking up space in their garage.

The Bike Coalition says the event is not only a great way for people to get a bike in time for the season, but also a chance for cyclists to get up to speed on safety before they head out on the roads.

"Most people in America know how to ride a bike, but not everyone knows how to ride a bike safely, so the Bicycle Coalition of Maine works very hard to educate any and all cyclists how to ride their bikes safely. We also educate motorists on how to drive around bicyclists," Bicycle Coalition of Maine Executive Director Nancy Grant said.

The Bicycle Coaltion held a similar event at the University of Maine in Orono last week where it sold all but 25 bicycles on the floor.

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