Electric Bikes ZAP Crime, Smog in Los Angeles
14 July 1999Electric Bikes ZAP Crime, Smog in Los Angeles
Unique Program Deploys Over 100 Electric Police Bikes to 20 L.A. Agencies LOS ANGELES, July 14 -- They appear to be normal police mountain bikes, but when a call goes out -- ZAP! -- these bikes spring into action with the help of a secret weapon, a powerful electric motor system that is helping bike patrols fight crime and air pollution. Law enforcement agencies from throughout the metropolitan Los Angeles area will receive specialized training this week at the Griffith Park Ranger station on the use of these new hi-tech electric bikes. The training is part of a new program that is deploying more than 100 electric bikes to patrol officers from 20 local agencies with the support from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee. "Our bicycle deployment program is aimed at familiarizing customers and the community with electric transportation and its environmental benefits," said Angelina Galiteva, director of strategic planning for LADWP. "These electric bikes can replace polluting vehicles for patrol duty, so they help to improve air quality as well as reduce traffic congestion." The new ZAP PATROLBIKES(TM) are made by electric vehicle manufacturer ZAPWORLD.COM (OTC Bulletin Board: ZAPP). ZAP takes specially designed police mountain bikes from Smith & Wesson and equips them with a patented electric motor system. The ZAP system, which fits most bicycles, helps the rider go faster with less physical effort. Already used by over 170 law enforcement agencies, the ZAP bikes help officers respond to emergencies faster, sometimes faster than patrol cars. When they arrive, the officer will not be winded from the ride and in a better condition to handle emergencies. The training program involves a half-day course to acclimate officers with the slight differences between electric bikes and normal bikes. A 12-volt battery powers the bicycle's electric motors and a lights and siren package used for pulling over cars. The motors can assist in climbing hills and even stairs. Virtually silent, they also help officers quickly approach areas of suspected criminal activity without warning. "The training school will give participating officers a greater appreciation of how electric bikes can help them in their patrol duties," said electric bike patrol officer Ken Kimari. An experienced electric bike patrol officer from the Santa Rosa, California police department, Kimari traveled to Los Angeles this week to serve as an instructor for the training school. Some of the law enforcement agencies receiving electric bikes under this program include: Cal State Northridge; California Science Center Security; Cal State LA; Figueroa Corridor Security; LA Park Rangers; LA Harbor College Police; LA Zoo Security; LA DWP Security; LA Dept. of Transportation (Parking & Traffic); LA Unified School District Security; Mission College Police; Occidental College Police; Pierce College Police; UCLA Police and Parking; LAX Police; and LA Harbor Police. ZAP, located in Sebastopol, California, has delivered electric bikes, scooters, motorcycles and other electric vehicles to commuters and recreational cyclists around the world. For further information, call 800-251-4555, or visit their Web site at http://www.zapworld.com.