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Sergeant Bud Knoblauch is geared to take off on one of the bicycles that will be used for the campus patrol units. Image courtesy of the Department of Public Safety.

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Public Safety Launches Green Initiative

In an effort to save fuel energy and reduce emissions, the Department of Public Safety recently announced plans to launch campus bicycle patrol units. Four bicycles currently owned by Public Safety will soon replace some of the campus patrol vehicles. Weather permitting, the presence of the bicycles will be more common to the campus scene, along with officers walking in and around campus properties.

“Since the five SUVs and two sedans currently used by Public Safety are used for patrol responses to calls, and to provide safety-related services as well as administrative use, we wanted to seek an environmentally friendly approach that would not continually add to the traffic mix affecting our clean air,” said Roger Johnson, director of public safety. “We hope to make more of a concentrated effort to use bicycle patrols when practical.”

In advance of the initiative, several officers have already attended training in the use of “patrol bikes for law enforcement purposes.” The training provides for the safe operation, functionality, and maintenance of bicycles.

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Inside Rensselaer
Volume 5, Number 8, April 29, 2011
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