The Southern Tier Bike League has the mission to promote year-round bicycling in the Southern Tier of New York through educational and recreational cycling activities.
One of the initiatives they are engaged with is giving away bikes for free for those who can’t afford one.
Jack Chaney of the STBL said, “We receive about twenty to fifty gently used donated bikes, gently used kids bikes each year. We have volunteers to fix them, and we give them away at various events at. So it’s all about stuff like that, just trying to give back to the community, and encourage folks to ride who otherwise couldn’t afford to ride or couldn’t afford a helmet.”
Kent Goban, who is also part of the Southern Tier Bike League as well, said he’s seen an uptick in youth wearing their helmets and believes it’s a positive sign.
“We have seen a lot more kids wearing helmets. It’s a positive, we want to encourage them to end up doing it. We try to make it easiest as we can.” He adds, “Working with law enforcement, it’s been a great to do it because it’s a positive image for the officers to be giving it to them and also for the kids.”
Goban urges riders to use common sense when going out on your bike. It’s important to wear a helmet because you simply need to keep yourself safe to reduce the risk of injury.
The STBL leads the way through effective regional programs for cycling safety, rides, races, children’s events, facilitating community to work and school and providing bikes to persons in need.