Security Services at the University of Lethbridge has added pedal power to its transportation options, thanks to a donation of four used bicycles from the Lethbridge Regional Police Service (LRPS).
The bikes, which had been destined for the auction block, allowed the University of Lethbridge to start up a bike patrol program at a much-reduced cost. The bikes have been in use since the beginning of the semester and provide Security representatives with a faster and more environmentally friendly method of getting around campus. Whether for parking enforcement or for safety patrols, the bikes and their riders have been getting a workout.
“The bikes give us more opportunities to interact with students and other people who use campus,” says Bob Muskovich, manager of Security Services. “It’s much easier to take in what’s going on around you on a bicycle.”
Security representatives who want to make use of the bikes receive training from an officer assigned to the LRPS Bike Patrol Unit. Those who have signed up to use the bikes are excited about the program and the new travel option they provide, he adds.
Muskovich says the bikes have also led to additional savings because Security vehicles aren’t being used as frequently.