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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Some area bikers are proving they're about more than riding.

For the second straight year, Another Level Motorcycle Club is trying to make a positive influence in the lives of young people in the Albany Area.

Bike fest 2009 took place on Saturday with fun activities for the kids but the focus was on gangs and drugs.

"We don't get as much riding in as we would like to, normally we concentrate on events such as this," said Kris Morrill, Another Level MC President.

Another Level Motor Cycle Club invited hundreds of young people for more than just fun.

"One thing I'm super excited about is we have the fire department out here we have APD Gang unit, Dougherty County came out with their K-9 units to show and teach kids about what they do," said Morrill.

Police use these events as venues to keep kids on the straight and narrow.

"They're sharing time with these kids, they're talking with these kids and they get to see them doing something other than enforcing laws," said Lt. Tony Moore, Albany Police Gang Task Force.

It also gives the youth an environment where they're free to play and free to talk to.

"It builds trust and cohesion not just between the children and the officers, but the parents and the officers also," said Moore.

Before the day ended 40 lucky kids walked away with a free bicycle.

"This is just great because here it is we have all these adults all these different agencies concerned with the children in the neighborhoods," said Moore.

Neighborhoods where a little bit of positive influences could make a big difference.

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