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July 11, 2017


Security and Public Safety Department purchases electric bike


Security and Public Safety Department purchases electric bikeLooking for a cost-saving transportation option, Cowley College’s Security and Public Safety Department recently purchased a RadRover Electric Fat Bike.

The electric bicycle was acquired to utilize in patrolling the campus. Cowley College president Dr. Dennis C. Rittle said the bike offers several benefits including optional fuel usage for rapid acceleration, greater visibility for Officers on campus, and access to places patrol cars cannot travel.

Matt Stone, director of security and public safety, said this model of bike is made to tackle almost any type of terrain with the added comfort and stability of the fat four-inch tires. Since the bike is electric motorized, it is much more cost efficient to operate than a vehicle. It only cost pennies to charge the battery and when converted, the cost of operation equates to approximately 415 miles per gallon.

If the battery is completely drained, it only takes 2-3 hours to charge and the bike is ready to ride. The bike can also be ridden without the electric assist or battery using leg power.

“In addition to the fuel savings, it is not difficult to find parking, no need for insurance, much less maintenance, and it is also a great workout,” Stone said. “This bike is also completely silent when the motor is operating, no emissions, no heat, it can be driven anywhere outdoors or indoors.”