SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — The CNY Family Bike giveaway has been a local mainstay for years, but with COVID-19 still a real concern, organizer Jan Maloff is changing things up.
Instead of the usual large in-person distribution in December Maloff is teaming up with Syracuse Police and the Syracuse Teacher’s Association to pair eligible individuals with bikes this summer.
“The closer we can bring police and people together the better our community will be,” said Maloff.
Maloff has collected about 150 used and new bikes so far but wants to have 1,000 or so fixed up and ready to go by the end of the month.
Neighbors are encouraged to drop off bikes this upcoming Saturday and Sunday, July 25 and 26 at Driver’s Village in Cicero between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
“I think this is really important during this time. It makes kids smile, family’s smile and if you can change a life one day at a time, it’s worth it,” said Officer Marlena Jackson.
Jackson who is part of the Syracuse Police Department’s Community Relations division and other patrol officers will eventually be tasked with delivering some bikes to kids around the city.
“You know police officers only are usually seen by the public doing enforcement, but they’re just like you and I. They have families, they have kids, they understand what the gift of a bicycle means,” Maloff said.
A smaller pick up location will also be set up at Maloff’s business, A. DeWitt Funeral Home on South Salina Street later this month.