Police officers in Eastborough are parking their patrol cars to start pushing pedals.
Thom Rosenberg, Mayor of Eastborough, said their Chief of Police came to him with the idea to start a bicycle patrol. Now, just a few weeks after presenting the innovative idea, it's put into action.
The city purchased two bicycles. All weekdays one officer will be patrolling by car. The other, weather permitting, will be riding through areas not accessible by car like the city's large park and along the secluded walking paths.
Mayor Rosenberg says, "Not only is this new patrol benefiting the safety of our residents, but it's also good for the environment and it's saving us money we would be spending on fuel."
A little more than $1300 was spent buying the bikes, but Rosenberg says they will recover that money easily. He estimates they will save about $1400 a year in the cost of fuel.
"One citizen called and said thanks," said Rosenberg. "She was excited about the new bikes, and we're just glad we could do it," he said.
So what's next for the city? Rosenberg says hybrid patrol cars may be in their future, but we'll just have to wait and see. For now, he says, they're just focusing on this new addition and the good it will bring to their city.