continued “We’ve put in signage along bike trails that talks about the character words of the month, we just put that up this year. In addition to that, last year in May or June, the town and I started working together,” saidRebecca Carman, Director of Policy and Community Development at Shenendehowa.
“Through brainstorming, what we came up with was assembly-type programs for all third through fifth grades in the entire district in May, which is bicycle safety month,” said Rebecca Carman, director of policy and community development at Shenendehowa schools. Helmet fittings and bike giveaways will also be part of the Bike Safe Walk Smart program.
CAPTAIN’s Youth Development Coordinator Steve Eggelston operates a Bike Works program and was brought on board to be a consultant to provide an educational component to the Bike Safe Walk Smart program.
“It works well together because one of Clifton Park’s main concerns has always been bike and pedestrian safety because it’s difficult to keepthe town connected. A lot of the neighborhoods do not have sidewalks, bike lanes are not common. So the only way to get everything together is to join the organizations. CAPTAIN has always run bike programs and bike safety education. Shen is in the middle of the entire Clifton Park area and they have all the kids that are moving around. And the town of Clifton Park maintains all of the roads and paths so to bring all three together is really the only way to get something done like this,” he said.
CAPTAIN’s Bike Works started in 2009 with the idea of providing bikes to lower income families that normally would not be able to afford them.
“We provide new bikes for them if they qualify within the Shenschool district and we also provide adults and younger kids with refurbished bicycles. I can usually fix up bikes that are donated and return them to the adults,” said Eggelston.