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Bicycle, Tempe Police Department

Object Name: Bicycle
Date: 2007
42 1/2 x 68 x 23 in. (108 x 172.7 x 58.4 cm)
Medium: Metal, Rubber, Nylon
Catalog number: 2007.5.1
DescriptionBlack bicycle with a white water bottle attached under the seat. A black bag is attached to a metal apparatus above the hind wheel.
ProvenanceThis Trek black and white bike is the type currently used by Tempe Police Officers on bike patrol (2007). The Tempe Bike Squad started with five officers in 1992 and has since grown to 12 officers and 2 sergents as of 2007. They work primarily at night patroling various events. Maker: Trek. Origin: Waterloo, Wisconsin (with foreign parts).

The development of Mill Avenue as an entertainment district and destination attraction created a need for a full time squad to address the unique issues downtown. The downtown Bike Patrol was established in 1992 to respond to criminal activity and provide security for the City's many festivals and special events. In addition to bicycles, these officers use other specialty vehicles like boats and ATVs to maneuver in downtown's unique urban environment.

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