Bicycle Patrol Unit
The three certified members of the CBRPS Bicycle Patrol Unit can be found riding their Giant Yukon Mountain bikes throughout the CBRM, wearing cycle uniforms and helmets, equipped with full duty gear. Bicycles provide several benefits to patrol duties, including: silent operation, quick turnaround and travel on one-way streets and other areas not accesible by vehicle. This Unit is very effective directing parades and traffic and controlling large outdoor crowds.
The Bicycle Patrol Unit plays an important role in community policing; they attend nearly every outdoor community and sporting event, and in addition to patrol duties, they promote the CBRPS in the community, as well as the concepts of healthy and active living, and bicycle safety. The Unit hosts bicycle rodeos and gives presentations to youth groups and school students, including a special safety program developed specifically for grades primary to three.
Before going on a bicycle ride, remember to check your ABC's:
- "A" - Air... Make sure tires are properly inflated and in good condition
- "B" - Breaks... Make sure breaks are functioning properly
- “C” - Chain and Crank…Make sure both are lubricated and free of debris, spinning freely
When biking, remember these important safety tips:
- Be a responsible cyclist.
- Wear a Helmet.
- Night riders should have a white light to the front and a red light or reflector to the rear.
- Dress brightly to be seen.
- When turning at intersections, be careful; this is where most collisions occur.
- Ride to the extreme right of a roadway; look well ahead and avoid hazards such as potholes, sewer grates and debris.
- Shoulder check and signal before turning or changing lanes.