by Constable John Walton, MyPolice, Brisbane Central, Feb 21, 2018 @ 11:25am
Fortitude Valley Bike Squad have qualified bike instructors that can conduct a two day course for police officers keen to engage in some pedal power.
The last course was run over February 14 and 15 with officers from the West End, Southbank and Dutton Park taking part.
The first morning covers safety, basic maintenance and dealing with a crisis such as a puncture! Then it is off for a urban cycle through the streets to New Farm Park. Students are taught how to navigate stairs in the saddle – both upwards and downwards – with no casualties this time thankfully! They also learn tight space manoeuvres and, importantly, how to stop safely in an emergency.
The second day is spent on off road cycling techniques on various tracks at Mount Coot-tha. They have obstacles to navigate, gravel tracks to contend with and other difficulties to overcome not to mention the hills. In Summer, with 10kilograms of kit strapped to them, there is a constant need to replace lost fluids. This is a challenging day which ends, as many do for the Bike Squad, at a local coffee shop.
The course is designed to equip officers with the necessary skills and confidence to conduct general duties police work on bicycles.
The Fortitude Valley Bike Squad is an important part of the police service capability. Officers on bikes are more accessible than those in squad cars and are often able to get to incidents much quicker.
If you see a bike squad officer – give them a wave!