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How prevalent are cycle cops?(22 posts)

How prevalent are cycle cops?MXL02
Jul 24, 2002 7:01 AM
The thread below, re: EMT's on bikes in London, got me thinking about other municipal employees using bicycles. A good number of our police force here in Houston patrol on bicycles. Are most other cities out there sending out their "finest" on bikes?
Denton, TX also has quite a few...(nm)JBurton
Jul 24, 2002 7:18 AM
Evanston, IL has 'em (nm)Alex-in-Evanston
Jul 24, 2002 7:24 AM
Pretty common in downtown Reno (nm)cory
Jul 24, 2002 7:27 AM
re: How prevalent are cycle cops?Akirasho
Jul 24, 2002 7:32 AM
... a Google search will turn up some relavent hits...

Locally we've got both bicycle supported Police and EMT units (multiple municipalities as well as a USAF base)... most prevalent during mass events (including equestrian).

We've also got a large park district that is patrolled by bike and ATV as well as squad car, boat and horseback.

http://members.tripod.com/~viperfive/patrol.html
http://www.ipmba.org/history.htm

This has paid an unexpected dividend for me... when I ride at night, through relatively rough neighborhoods, I'm almost always taken for a cop (powerful light and strobe flashers)... and given a wide berth (I'm usually moving fast enuff so's that if I'm "made" I'm out of range). I've seen a few interesting things at night...

We abide.

Remain In Light.
Lots of them in downtown Calgary(nm)!Bikez
Jul 24, 2002 8:02 AM
I saw a few in NYC parks. Overweight, as usually. nmtz
Jul 24, 2002 8:13 AM
re: How prevalent are cycle cops?No_sprint
Jul 24, 2002 8:35 AM
Lots in LA. Downtown, beach cities, etc.
The ridefirstrax
Jul 24, 2002 9:11 AM
Bikes are huge at the law enforcement trade shows. S&W is the front runner.
If I knew this was going to happen I would have moved to San Diego and gone to the police academy
So, who actually makes Smith and Wesson bikes?LAIrish
Jul 24, 2002 9:25 AM
BTW, the bicycle cops in Long Beach, CA ride those bikes.
So, who actually makes Smith and Wesson bikes?firstrax
Jul 24, 2002 9:41 AM
There built in the S&W factory in MA. Didn't believe it until I saw it for myself. Expect Sig Arms to jump in soon.
WowLAIrish
Jul 24, 2002 10:00 AM
I'm amazed that S&W makes their own bikes.

Sig Arms? Maybe. But I'd like to see what Glock would come up with.
Gimme a CZ.SnowBlind
Jul 24, 2002 10:22 AM
They make Motocross bikes, very nice.
Might get me interested in a townie.
Mercedes makes one too, but I was told it's kinda heavy [nm]jagiger
Jul 24, 2002 6:57 PM
CHPDINOSAUR
Jul 24, 2002 9:14 AM
The Calif Highway Patrol uses bicyles to patrol the state capitol grounds, the S.F.-Oakland Bay Bridge, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Truckee North Shore area during the summer and probably a couple of other locations.
you coming out of retirement? :-) nmDougSloan
Jul 24, 2002 9:36 AM
They couldn't drag me back for anything!!!!!! NMDINOSAUR
Jul 24, 2002 9:46 AM
NM
Sunnyvale, CA and Redwood City/Belmontgregg
Jul 24, 2002 9:44 AM
Saw a group of about 6 bike officers training in Sunnyvale in an alley-way to a parking lot. They were practicing low speed figure 8's. They were on mostly hard-tail mtb's.

Eating in Belmont at a local Taqueria, a group of about 4 bike cops pulled up. All were on Amp Research full-suspension mtb's. Interesting choice of bike, I thought.
Miami's got 'em.Gator
Jul 24, 2002 9:56 AM
White C'Dales. Bicycle duty appears to be punishment for portly officers, largely. (No pun intended)
Many in Edmonton (nm)2300 Edmontonian
Jul 24, 2002 11:37 AM
Cops on bikes as a fitness programDrPete
Jul 24, 2002 12:17 PM
The funny thing about most bike cops is how slow they are! I guess they're not designed to chase law-breaking cyclists, because in Cincinnati (my former home) and Montgomery County, MD (my current home), they seem to almost always be overweight and slow. Back in my mountain bike days, I remember smoking several bike cops who had come to race.

Don't get me wrong, it's probably a great idea for increasing the overall mobility of the beat cop, but right now all I feel is sympathy for all the frames that bow under the donut-chompers. :)
Some in Hartford, CT & other towns [nm]jagiger
Jul 24, 2002 6:53 PM