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Old 06-13-14, 09:59 PM   #26
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Yup, that would be the place.
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Old 06-13-14, 10:38 PM   #27
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Old 06-14-14, 06:37 AM   #28
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I see them sometimes in nice weather in Springfield, MA. They're typically breaking the traffic laws (salmoning, running red lights). I could understand that if they were chasing someone, but when I saw them they were just patrolling.
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Old 06-14-14, 08:15 AM   #29
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I'm sitting in the rose garden in the park downtown right now, and I just saw a San Mateo cop ride by on his police bike. He rang his bell to alert the pedestrians on the path. He was moving pretty fast considering it's a rather crowded path. Does your area have bike cops?
Anything LCF related here?

Just another slow day in LCF Interwebz traffic?
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Old 06-14-14, 10:45 AM   #30
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Anything LCF related here?

Just another slow day in LCF Interwebz traffic?
i bet you're the type of person who takes your gavel to cocktail parties to keep the conversation to the agenda. Chillax, dude--it's the weekend!
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Old 06-14-14, 11:55 AM   #31
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here in north providence,r.I.,our pd just bought 5-6 police with their google win fall.
the cost was around $700 per bike according to our local paper.
I can saw them training in the pd parking lot.
looks like they needed it,
it's been 20 yrs since we had a bike patrol.
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Old 06-14-14, 12:43 PM   #32
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In El Paso's University area there's a lot of officers on bikes. Downtown there's a lot more, plus the Border Patrol uses bicycles too.
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Old 06-14-14, 01:33 PM   #33
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Patrolling the salubrious neighbourhood of the Royal Observatory in London, where Greenwich Mean Time begins. You might call him a timecop. (Not to be confused with that one.)
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Old 06-14-14, 02:13 PM   #34
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Patrolling the salubrious neighbourhood of the Royal Observatory in London, where Greenwich Mean Time begins. You might call him a timecop. (Not to be confused with that one.)
His saddle looks a little low.
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Old 06-15-14, 12:15 AM   #35
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I was in the police station one time reporting a dog that bit me while riding. There was a mountain bike for the police. I asked about it and was told it is used to patrol trails to find drug dealers and drugs. I've never seen it (the only one) on the road.
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Old 06-15-14, 04:22 AM   #36
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I wish we did. It might make them a little more sympathetic to cyclists, or at least aware. As it is, they alternate between ignore and harass, while parked in bike lanes.
I hate to tell you this but the bike cop is usually not the cyslist friend. In New York City, they are looking for cyclist going the wrong way and running red lights. They are not there to show sympthy to cyclist.
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Old 06-15-14, 04:48 AM   #37
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In El Paso's University area there's a lot of officers on bikes. Downtown there's a lot more, plus the Border Patrol uses bicycles too.
I graduated from UTEP in 1990, and I don't remember that. It must be something relatively new. I lived near the campus--just behind the community college--and walked to school. Has cycling become more popular in El Paso in recent years?
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Old 06-15-14, 07:23 AM   #38
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I hate to tell you this but the bike cop is usually not the cyslist friend. In New York City, they are looking for cyclist going the wrong way and running red lights. They are not there to show sympthy to cyclist.
Yeah, if you are thinking about running any lights, you need to make an additional check for these characters. Around here, it'll cost you $90 if you don't. A friend of mine got caught twice one Friday night. Ouch!
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Old 06-15-14, 07:24 AM   #39
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I graduated from UTEP in 1990, and I don't remember that. It must be something relatively new. I lived near the campus--just behind the community college--and walked to school.
I've been in ELP since 1975 and I agree, I don't remember seeing bike cops until recently. I saw the first one probably 10 or 12 years ago in the UTEP area - I was sitting sipping joe at the Village Inn on Mesa right by the campus and a couple of bike cops came in. Right now I work at the Greyhound downtown and bike cops (and bike border patrol agents) are at the terminal all the time. As a matter of fact, right across the street from the terminal is the Abraham Chavez theatre and I watch new bike cops train how to ride down stairs there!
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I would have to answer "no". To me it seems about the same.
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Old 06-15-14, 10:17 AM   #40
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Our downtown area has both regular police on bikes and a private security patrol on bikes. It's a really good system. They can cover a lot of ground, and they are more approachable for people who need assistance.
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Old 06-15-14, 10:42 AM   #41
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York ME, our PD has a bike squad about 4-6 strong. It's a beach town with fairly narrow roads, so many times, bikes are the fastest way to get around.

Most are not cyclists outside of being cops, and as such, the bikes are generally in an extreme state of disrepair, in desperate need of service. When something finally breaks and they bring it into the shop, it's kind of like... where do we start? The senior cop in charge of expense outlay on bikes never wants to hear that their bikes need $300 in labor and parts.

Compared to the bikes, the cop cars are purchased with a service plan...
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Old 06-24-14, 05:40 AM   #42
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Haven't seen any around our area recently. There was a bike patrol in one of the small towns nearby, but the new fat overweight boss hog police chief abolished it. I was at the State Fair last year and they had both cops and EMT's on bicycle, they had a hand full of patrols on Segways too.

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Old 06-25-14, 10:28 AM   #43
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My department had a bike unit before I got hired (8 years ago) but it had just pretty much phased out. The guys in the unit would have their bikes hooked on their patrol cars then use them when it got slow to patrol the apartment complexes. They were great for rolling up on burglaries and dope deals is what I was told. They're also a bit more approachable than the guys holed up in squads.
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Old 06-25-14, 11:24 AM   #44
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York ME, our PD has a bike squad about 4-6 strong. It's a beach town with fairly narrow roads, so many times, bikes are the fastest way to get around.

Most are not cyclists outside of being cops, and as such, the bikes are generally in an extreme state of disrepair, in desperate need of service. When something finally breaks and they bring it into the shop, it's kind of like... where do we start? The senior cop in charge of expense outlay on bikes never wants to hear that their bikes need $300 in labor and parts.
I wouldn't like to hear that either.
What are the typical problems that require $300 in labor and parts?
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Old 06-25-14, 11:24 AM   #45
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Yes we do. One of the cooler things I saw was a guy on a crotch rocket being pulled over by two FWPD on bicycles.

It's a pretty active unit. They patrol downtown and support special events.
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Old 06-25-14, 07:33 PM   #46
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One of the cooler things I saw was a guy on a crotch rocket being pulled over by two FWPD on bicycles.
A picture of that would have gone viral!!
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Old 06-28-14, 08:43 PM   #47
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I am working for a college public safety dept. after retiring from a municipal police force. We ran out of cars one day and the director told me we have a couple of bicycles and "do you ride?" he asked. I told him I'll ride every day I can. I get paid to ride around campus! He even bought me a new bike last year without me asking. A lot of colleges have bike cops.
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Old 06-28-14, 08:51 PM   #48
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I see more police cars with Treks mounted on the back than I do cops riding the bikes here just East of Atlanta.

I spoke with one at a local MUP and he said proudly that he manages a one mile ride a week.

On the other hand, I got to see Stone Mountain Park police handling their bikes quite proficiently a few years ago... I doubt they could catch me, though.
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Old 07-15-14, 09:17 PM   #49
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I'm sitting in the rose garden in the park downtown right now, and I just saw a San Mateo cop ride by on his police bike. He rang his bell to alert the pedestrians on the path. He was moving pretty fast considering it's a rather crowded path. Does your area have bike cops?
I honestly don't know. Here (South Florida: West Palm Beach area) I only road ride, no MUPs or trails for me, so I only see police in their cars, rather than on their bicycles (if, indeed, they have one). Unless there's something out of the ordinary going on on an MUP, I prefer John Law to be policing the streets against evildoers, everywhere.
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No cops on skateboards or roller blades yet?
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