Police in London to be given all-terrain electric bikes that can 'climb stairs'

Boris Johnson says £4000 powered cycles will keep police 'one step ahead'

by Sarah Barth   March 9, 2013  

Police bikes at the Tour of Britain

The police are routinely criticised for not having enough puff to run after criminals - but Boris Johnson is set to change all that with a fleet of £4,000 electric bikes that 'climb stairs' and can tackle any terrain.

The Mayor of London is said to believe that equipping the Force with the bikes, which he says can go faster along rough ground than a regular bike on tarmac, will "keep the police one step ahead", according to the Telegraph.

Boris is now looking for sponsorship to help pay for a pilot to test the bikes, which are similar to the HaiBike eQ Xduro FS model, which costs £4150.

A document produced by the Mayor's office regarding cycling in the capital said that they were seeking "a trial of the latest all-terrain, full-suspension electric mountain bikes with the Metropolitan Police."

It continued: "These bikes go over rough ground faster than a normal bike goes over tarmac, and also climb stairs. With criminals increasingly using (ordinary) bikes, e-bikes will keep the police one step ahead."

The Mayor is also considering extending the current cycle hire scheme to include electric bikes, but that they would be place in areas that were hilly or far away from other public transport.

The bikes will be "particularly useful for people who need to ride in a suit without breaking sweat," the document says.

A fifth of new bikes sold in the Netherlands and Germany include a battery for additional power.

The plans are part of a wider vision from the Mayor's office for cycling in London, the centrepiece being what he has termed 'Crossrail for the bike' - a 15-mile corridor running from East to West across the city.

Boris claims it will be "the longest substantially-segregated continuous cycle route of any city in Europe" and says "It will use a new segregated cycle track along, among other places, the Victoria Embankment and the Westway flyover" - turning one lane of one of the capital's most notorious roads into a two-way, segregated cycle lane.

 

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Ah, the new Boris Super bikes!

posted by Dr. Ko [109 posts]
9th March 2013 - 9:23

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Will they be restricted to 15.5mph like other electric bikes? Since I can cycle up to 30mph and continuously at ~18-20mph, I'd lose one of these easy!! Big Grin

posted by kie7077 [480 posts]
9th March 2013 - 12:26

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A fifth of new bikes sold in the Netherlands and Germany include a battery for additional power.

when does a bike stop being a bike and become a moped or motorbike???

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posted by mrmo [1120 posts]
9th March 2013 - 17:03

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kie7077 wrote:
Will they be restricted to 15.5mph like other electric bikes? Since I can cycle up to 30mph and continuously at ~18-20mph, I'd lose one of these easy!! Big Grin

One would assume they would be limited in the same way as anybody else's electric bike, unless of course they tax and insure them and have all the necessary things to allow it to pass an MOT as a moped.

I want to see fat nacker policeman get one up stairs though.

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posted by Municipal Waste [190 posts]
9th March 2013 - 17:20

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A document produced by the Mayor's office regarding cycling in the capital said [...] With criminals increasingly using (ordinary) bikes, e-bikes will keep the police one step ahead."

Do they have some evidence to back up that claim, or is it just the some PR "person" hoping to give the Daily Mail an angle that will encourage them to cover the story?

posted by ubercurmudgeon [168 posts]
9th March 2013 - 18:49

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I want to see fat nacker policeman get one up stairs though.

Lol, I second that Smile

posted by kie7077 [480 posts]
10th March 2013 - 12:21

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Able to "climb stairs"?
Even the daleks can't manage that!

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posted by gb901 [153 posts]
10th March 2013 - 17:02

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Climbing stairs, that'll be useful for chasing people on bikes who won't be able to. The only time i've seen a copper on a bike chasing someone he'd have been better off on foot. The guy just ran into traffic and dodged cars while the copper waited for a gap...shockingly the guy got away as there wasn't a gap, afterall when was the last time a car let you out of a side road

posted by md6 [156 posts]
11th March 2013 - 13:27

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Like anything it depends on how well trained they become. Some forces use KTM enduro bikes, but not many cops can ride off road motorcycles either. If it helps make the city safer then its fine by me. You'd have to be a good rider to loose an electric bike off-road; I've never found anyone who can stay with my eMTB conversion off road or on the road uphill; downhill on a racer, yes. Love to try a Haibike around Hampstead Heath but if the cops are sensible they'll tweak the motor.
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posted by sandpipersuk [2 posts]
24th March 2013 - 21:39

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