June 23, 2013
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Electric Bikes on Patrol:
Police E-bikes Introduced at Nation's Largest Law Enforcement & Security
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Law enforcement and private security forces now have
a new tool to fight urban crime: electric bicycles fast on the streets, economical,
silent, easy on the knees, and far more effective, durable, and affordable,
compared to Segway vehicles currently in use for security.
PoliceEbikes, a branch of Hybrid Pedals LLC based in Arlington VA and specializing
in electric bicycles (called e-bikes) and solar-energy-related solutions,
will demo and offer test-rides on several new e-bike models specifically
designed for the rigors of urban law enforcement at the international Police
Security Security Expo being held in Atlantic City NJ on June 24 and 25,
This demonstration will be the first time e-bikes are displayed at a nationwide
law enforcement gathering. "E-bikes represent the logical evolution
in police patrol," said Alan Levine, CEO of Hybrid Pedals LLC. "Police e-bikes
can go places that cars, Segways , and even all-terrain vehicles can't go.
Police officers can pedal when they like and then switch on the motor
to go uphill or to go faster and farther in silent pursuit of lawbreakers,
and compared to all motorized vehicles, we're talking about daily costs of
only pennies per patrol. The payback period on e-bikes can be measured
in months, rather than years."
A beta-test pre-expo demo earlier in June of an electric bike cruising across
the streets, to the Boardwalk, and then onto the sandy beach in Atlantic
City captured the interest of local law enforcement representatives involved
in emergency medical services.
Approximately 31 million electric bikes were sold in 2012, according to Electric
Bikes Worldwide Reports. Most of these sales were in China, and
sales have already surpassed one million units in Europe in the past year,
but they are only just starting to catch on in the USA, where gas prices
are lower than almost anywhere else in the world. Although not new --they
have been available in North America, Europe and Asia for more than 100 years
-- electric bikes in recent years have reached a new level in sophistication,
battery life, and affordability.
"Electric bikes could be the decisive element for gaining big savings on
tight law enforcement budgets," said Levine. "Look around you: Gas is over
$4 a gallon in most cities. Traditional bikes are nice, but patrolling on
a bike all day long, day after day, is simply too physically demanding for
police patrol work, leading to fatigue, injury and disability. As for Segways
-- with their bulky weight, their 12-mph top speed, 10-mile top range, and
delicate disposition -- aren't exactly ideal for fighting crime or responding
to emergencies where people must be evacuated quickly."
Many electric bikes can travel on average a distance of 20 miles on a flat
surface, climb hills and inclines (slightly less range), and reach speeds
of 20 mph on battery power alone, said Levine. “Pedaling an e-bike can take
you almost anywhere you want to go farther and faster. Another advantage:
police officers likely would not need a recharge for their entire beat.”
In past years, emergency responders did not believe that the range of e-bike
was sufficient to meet their needs. Harnessing new solar technology
to recharge batteries off the grid even while in use makes e-bikes an appealing
option for emergency responders.
"The versatility of electric bikes for law enforcement, security, and emergency
responders is impressive," said Levine. "The industry has recently
matured to the point to where there are a variety of excellent electric bikes
that are solidly built and affordable priced. I think all urban municipalities
need to take notice of them."
The Police Security Expo is the nation's longest running, most respected
and best known product-based forum for law enforcement, homeland security,
corporate security, private security, and government professionals.
Hybrid Pedals LLC, based in Arlington, Va., is a distributor for the best
and most popular e-bike name brands in the USA and sells electric bicycles
ranging in price from $1,500 to $20,000, and even some mini-folding e-bikes
for commuters and urban use that retail for about $1,000. Their new
retail space at 925A N. Jackson Street in Arlington serves as a showcase
for its products.
Hybrid Pedals LLC also has recently begun offering e-bike rentals and tours
in Washington DC. For more information about these services, visit
people don’t realize how e-bikes offer great economic and health benefits
to consumers,” said Ray Carrier, who manages operations for Hybrid Pedals
LLC. “With an e-bike, you get the option to either pedal or not, meaning
that you can get as much exercise as you want or need while riding them,
but don’t have to get exhausted or sweaty by just turning on the throttle
when you want to climb steep hills or inclines, or return home from long
rides. E-bikes are the wave of the future for short distance travel in urban
areas, and will be part of the lifestyle changes that people will experience
as we adjust to tackling the approaching crisis of climate change and mandated
reductions in carbon emissions.”