Photo and information courtesy of Gardner Police Department

Officer Lynn Atchison and Officer Zach Roberts, Gardner Police Department, made two trips to Lansing Correctional Facility in June to drop off bicycles. Officer Atchison has run the bicycle exchange program for many years, but he is handing the program over to Officer Roberts this year. They had to make two trips this time due to the large number of bicycles. Gardner Police Department partners with the Christmas for Children program and Lansing Correctional Facility to provide bicycles to families who can’t afford bicycles for their children. Officer Atchison and now Officer Roberts make several trips a year to drop off bicycles. Then later in the year they pick up bicycles that have been restored by inmates at the prison. This time GPD had 88 bicycles to drop off. Most were donated bicycles that people have brought to the station.