CLIFTON PARK, NY- At 10:30 a.m. several employees of County Waste, A Waste Connections company, loaded the last 40 of the 220 bicycles they assembled for disbursement to youth organizations throughout the Capital Region.
CAPTAIN Youth and Family Services of Clifton Park was one of those organizations, receiving 45 bikes in total so far.
“The Bike Works Program, which has been around for over ten years, is a big part of what CAPTAIN does,” Associate Executive Director of CAPTAIN Youth and Family Services Andy Gilpin said. “It helps children and teens receive a new or gently used bicycle to aid them with recreation, healthy lifestyle and transportation to and from work, school and social events.”
Not only did County Waste coming bearing 24-26 inch bicycles in various hues, but they also provided a crucial safety feature to each one: a helmet. “Each helmet is between 16- 20 dollars,” Gilpin said. “Needless to say, I spend a lot of money on helmets, so having a helmet come with each bicycle was amazing.”