Every year, Parks and Trails New York runs a large group bike ride along the Erie Canal from Buffalo to Albany, mostly following the path of the Erie Canal (the old Tow Paths have been converted to multi-use paths over much of the length of the original canal.)
Albany Rotary is on hand every year for the end of this ride, and we provide free rides for cyclists to various places they need to get to. Typical examples are to showers at the North Albany YMCA and to cars parked in the long term lot at the Albany-Rensselaer Train Station. In return for the rides, we request, but do not require, donations which are dedicated to a local charity. The charity for 2016 is TruHeart, an organization which operates various programs in the disadvantaged neighborhoods of Albany, including after school programs and neighborhood cleanup efforts. Other organizations we have served in the past include the Mohawk-Hudson Humane Society and the Albany Ronald McDonald House.
When next year's date is determined, look for an announcement in our news section.