Cape Coral police are considering adding electric mountain bikes to their list of transportation options.
According to an article in the Fort Myers News-Press, CCPD issued a press release stating that they are currently testing e-bikes to be used for patrol purposes.
In the past, the department has used two wheelers such as regular bicycles and motorcycles, but are looking to diversify their technology further.
“Maintaining the highest standard of service to our community requires evaluating the technology we use and testing the newest technology on the market,” the press release read.
The new addition under testing is the Recon Commando, a $2,600 lithium battery-powered bike with a 750-watt motor.
According to the company’s website, the bikes can ride up to 25 mph for a maximum of 40 miles per battery charge.
The company, Recon Power Bikes, has a military background, and aims to serve law enforcement and FBI at the federal, state and local level.
The e-bike stands in the middle ground between a bicycle and a motorcycle – more agile and powerful than a bicycle, but not as loud and unwieldy as a motorcycle – which makes it perfect for situations where police have to move fast but keep a low profile, such as when patrolling events for security. The rugged mountain bikes will also enable officers to go off-road and cut across country to improve response time.
CCPD Master Sergeant Patrick O’Grady told Fort Myers NBC-2, “If we do have a situation in the area, while we have bicycles in the area, like going to special event or neighborhood watch, and they hear something that’s going on, then they’ll be able to get to the situation faster than a vehicle would because they’ll go off road.”
The bikes are being tested by the department’s certified riders. To be certified, bike officers go through a 40-hour training course and ride for 100 miles. At the end of the trial period, the officers will determine whether or not the bikes are a beneficial investment to the force.