Posted on 28th March 2013
Police officers patrolling rural routes around New Mills will be able to head further afield thanks to their newest piece of kit – an electric bike.
The bike, from Peak District-based firm Juicy Bike, has an electric motor that allows faster acceleration and the ability to scale steeper routes quickly.
It will be used alongside the team’s existing traditional pedal bikes and will assist the officers when they patrol cycle paths and country lanes around New Mills.
Juicy Bike has been supplying electric cycles across the country for five years and they have already been used by other police forces, including North Yorkshire.
PCSOs Lee Baker and Will Brockett, from New Mills and Hayfield Safer Neighbourhood Team, picked up the bike from Buxton last week and said it would be a great help in their ability to keep the rural communities around the town well policed.
PCSO Baker said: “It’s a great bit of kit and really handy for us, as it allows us to get further out into the countryside, and faster, so we can extend our reach without the need for travelling in the police car.
“In recent months, we’ve been riding on cycle paths such as the Sett Valley Trail and country lanes to keep an eye on our wider communities.
“This bike is comfy, fast and makes it easier for us to get up and down those hillier areas that we patrol.
“We're extremely grateful to Juicy Bike for giving us the chance to try it out and allowing us to continue engaging with the public in this way.”
Bob Wales, director of Juicy Bike, said the bike had been designed with police work in mind after input from officers over the last few years.
He said: ““This informed design input has given an invaluable return for our investment. We are very happy that the opportunity to work with a local force has arisen and look forward to future co-operation with Derbyshire police.”
The bike was handed over to the New Mills and Hayfield team at the Peak District Tourism Conference at the Pavilion Gardens, Buxton, on Thursday, March 21.