This is a specialty unit within the Black Mountain Police Department that primarily utilizes specially designed bicycles to allow for patrolling under unique circumstances. The Bike Patrol Unit is used in parades, high crime areas, routine patrol, traffic and criminal law enforcement and bike safety education. The goal of Bike Patrol is to find a balance between Public Relations and Law Enforcement. Using the bicycle is a great tool to interact with the community in a positive manner, but also is very effective in crime reduction.
Each member of the Bike Patrol Unit must complete a 40 hour bike school certified by IPMBA (International Police Mountain Bike Association). BMPD officers learn about low and high speed biking, road hazards, obstacle clearing, how to avoid common crashes, and how to make rolling apprehensions.
Safety: Each member of the Bike Patrol Unit is equipped with all necessary safety equipment. This includes, but is not limited to: bike helmets, front and rear lights, bells, and pedal retention devices. BMPD Bike Patrol Officers practice the ABC Quick-Check before hitting the road.
A– Air: tire pressure up? (Look for the right pressure on the side of the tire)
B – Brakes: firm grip, secure pads?
C – Crank: turning smoothly?
Remember to always be aware of your surroundings and wear appropriate safety gear while riding!