Friends of Independence's
Law Enforcement Bicycle Patrol Fund for Independence National Historical Park
Friends of Independence is raising money to support the Law Enforcement Bicycle Patrol at Independence National Historical Park. Law Enforcement bicycles usually need to be replaced within 2-3 years due to the harsh conditions they are subjected to everyday. Also bicycles do not come in "One Size Fits All," and we need to have various sizes to accommodate all of our LE Rangers here at the park. If a ranger rides a bike that does not fit them, they can cause serious damage to their bodies.
Our goal is to provide new bicycles every year in various size to accommodate our rangers as well as other safety equipment so that we can help them keep our park safe for visitors and locals alike.
If you would like to make a donation, please contact the Friends at 215-861-4971
If you would like to know more about the program, please continue reading
History of Bicycle Patrol in the National Park Service
Bicycles have been used by the National Park Service as since the early 1900’s. In 1917, the NPS had 41 bicycles. As the years progressed, the bicycles were put aside and replaced by motorcycles, horses, 2 passenger motor vehicles, as well as foot patrols.
The NPS again started using bicycles on a limited basis in 1973, establishing a Bicycle Patrol Unit that patrolled the cycling trails in the District of Columbia and Virginia. By the mid-70’s, the National Park Service began to replace bicycle patrol with motor scooters. The 1990’s brought “community policing” and the return of the bicycle patrol.
Bicycle Patrol at Independence National Historical Park
At Independence National Historical Park, the Bicycle Patrol started in the early 2000’s. Currently there are 18 rangers who are trained to be on Bicycle Patrol and they share nine bicycles.
The program was started because Bicycle Patrol is perfect for an urban environment.
The Bicycle Patrol is also a crucial law enforcement tool, both tactically and as a
Challenges facing the Bicycle Program
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