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Oct 28, 2019

Bike-mounted Police Gain High-Tech Advantages

Bicycles had been a standard resource for police in the late 19th and early 20th century, before motorcycles and cars became widespread and essential transportation and police departments pushed for modernization. Their maneuverability and other advantages—such as the low cost of bikes compared to cars and their approachability—have led many police departments throughout the country to bring back bicycle-mounted officer programs over the last 20 years.

To optimize its bike-mounted program for today’s law enforcement needs, the Framingham, Mass. Police Department tasked 1854 Cycling Company, a Framingham, Mass.-based bicycle and cycling apparel company, to provid electric-assisted bicycles.

The company formed partnerships to assist in the effort with Boston Engineering, Draper and Empire Group, and has relationships with experts at MassTech Collaborative and has met with Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA). Using best practices in human-centered design and engineering, Draper and other collaborators set out to develop a user interface and software application for an electric-assisted bicycle for law enforcement, private security, and emergency medical service personnel. Read the full article here.

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