The Tyler Junior College campus safety office has added another high-tech bicycle to its fleet, decreasing the department’s carbon footprint while giving officers the ability to patrol virtually anywhere, any time.
The new Electro Glide 500 from Hebb E-Bikes operates by standard pedaling power, but supplements human strength with a lithium polymer battery-powered, planetary-geared hub motor.
The department has purchased one bike and may add more in the future. TJC Campus Safety Chief Randy Melton has been riding the bike, and used it on trips to test the safety and route characteristics for the College’s Tour for the Cure 8-kilometer bike ride, held on Oct. 22.
“I rode the 8K route several times, from Mike Carter Field to the TJC West campus and back. It is easy to ride and inexpensive to operate,” he said.
Melton said a police light and siren were added to the bike.
The purchase is the latest in civility efforts at TJC aimed at increasing campus safety visibility and access while reducing campus crime and conduct violations.
The bike was purchased directly from Hebb E-Bikes founder and owner, Bill Hebb, of Tyler. This particular model sells at a retail cost of $2,500.