Six pricey bikes will give a push to Columbus police patrolling downtown, thanks to a grant awarded as part of the Smart City challenge.
The e-bikes’ pedal assist will help officer speed to the scene — up to 28 miles per hour — and keep them ahead of the scooters and bikes for rent downtown.
Winning the Smart City Challenge brought grant funding to the city: $16,580 from Paul G. Allen Philanthropies, according to a press release from Smart Columbus.
“Bike patrols have been shown to help our officers create better connections with the residents they serve, which has in turn helped to curb violent crime. These bikes will provide a valuable resource that will not only foster sustainability but help keep our community and residents safer,” said Mayor Andrew J. Ginther.
Five e-bikes were deployed in the Downtown area. The sixth is being used on the West Side.
“Our thanks go to Smart Columbus for allowing our officers to test the concept last fall, giving feedback that is crucial to any law enforcement agency that is considering the use of e-bikes,” said Chief of Police Kim Jacobs. “These new e-bikes allow our officers to arrive to an incident faster and better prepared to handle whatever they encounter.”
The Trek Powerfly e-bikes were outfitted with police lights, radios and heavy-duty brakes by Trek Bicycle Columbus Dublin to help serve the special needs of the officers.