The use of bicycles by police, EMS, and security personnel continues to grow along with increased awareness of the benefits of an extremely mobile team of first responders. While the reasons for implementing a bicycle unit may vary, the goal of each agency is the same: to provide assistance to those who need it as quickly, safely, and effectively as possible.
In the past, officers and agencies seeking to get a public safety bike unit rolling had to look far and wide to assemble the necessary information. The Complete Guide to Public Safety Cycling, Second Edition is the single comprehensive source of in-depth information on starting a bike unit or enhancing an established bike unit with tactical and technical tips on everything from basic equipment needs to detailed insights on policy, maintenance, training, legal issues, and much more.
The Second Edition features:
- All general aspects of public safety cycling such as bicycle types and maintenance, hazard avoidance, skill development, protective equipment, funding, and bike safety education for children
- Police-specific equipment, patrol procedures, campus and security operations, and firearms training
- Important information on EMS Bike Operations
Features & Benefits
Describes how police officers can use the bike as a tactical tool, including dynamic dismounts and suspect contact techniques.
Emphasizes the importance of bike-specific firearms training for police and armed security cyclists.
Contains a sample EMS special event bike operations plan; offers advice on selecting medical equipment, including lists of suggested equipment and describes ways to use the bike to increase EMS scene safety.
International Police Mountain Bike Association (IPMBA)The International Police Mountain Bike Association (IPMBA) is a non-profit educational organization providing resources, networking opportunities, and the most complete training for public safety bicyclists. Since the founding of the organization in 1991, IPMBA has been promoting, advocating for, and providing education and organization to public safety bicyclists. Over 3,000 active bike patrol officers and EMS personnel -- representing more than 2,200 agencies in 43 states and four countries -- have joined the ranks of this prestigious organization. IPMBA's instructors have provided valuable training to over 20,000 police officers and EMS personnel on bikes. The curriculum, designed and delivered by police officers and bike medics, is nationally and internationally respected. IPMBA is governed by a nine-member Board of Directors representing both police and EMS nationwide.