In recognition of May as National Bike Month and in an effort to facilitate the development of police bicycle patrol programs in Madison County municipalities, Madison County Transit recently donated two iForce police bicycles to the Highland Police Department.
In the last three years, MCT has also donated patrol bikes to police departments in Alton, Edwardsville, and Maryville. Granite City and East Alton departments will be receiving bikes from MCT later this month. The program allows officers to patrol both the streets, neighborhoods and MCT Trails in their community — in this case, officers can use the bikes to patrol Highland’s Sursee Trail. Since police officers in uniform ride MCT fixed-route buses for free, and all MCT buses are equipped with bike racks, officers can also take advantage of the bike and bus program to travel throughout the community.
The mountain bike-style bicycles have been custom designed by iForce, a U.S. company that manufactures patrol bicycles exclusively. The Cyclery & Fitness Center assembles and services the bikes. Each bicycle is equipped with “thumb-switch controlled” vehicle-grade sirens, public address speakers and flashing LED lights. The bikes are designed and manufactured for heavy-duty law enforcement use, complete with puncture-resistant Kevlar tires, an adjustable air shock and mechanical disc brakes for greater stopping power.
HPD to host Bike Rodeo
When: Saturday, May 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Highland High School, 12760 Troxler Ave.
Ages: For kids up to and including eighth grade.
Food: Hot dogs and/or pork burgers have been donated.
About the event: It will provide an opportunity for bicyclists to measure their capabilities and increase their awareness of bicycle laws and the importance of defensive cycling. Participants who complete all stations and return their completed skills check list will receive a ribbon and be entered to win a new bike. Along with the skills stations, riders will have their helmets inspected and will be given a new helmet if needed or if they do not have a helmet. In addition, The Cyclery will provide free basic bike inspections and provide minor maintenance.
Note: The last check in will be 1:45 p.m. to ensure that everyone gets to complete the course and the drawing for the bikes will at 2 p.m., sharp. Riders must bring their own bicycle to participate in the bicycle activities.
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