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GreenStep City Best Practices Transportation

Efficient City Fleets
no. 13

Implement a city fleet investment, operations and maintenance plan.
  Best Practice Action 4      [ 1 2 3 4 5 6 ]       [all actions]

Phase in bike, e-bike, foot or horseback modes for police, inspectors and other city staff.

  • The University of MN describes advantages they have found in using foot patrols (with dogs) and bicycles.
  • The State Office of Enterprise Sustainability has, as of December 2018, considered adding e-bikes to the state master contract, which would allow cities to buy off of a master contract without going out for bid.
Police patrols on bike, foot, Segway or horseback.
City inspectors or other staff on bike, e-bike, foot or horseback.
Report outcome measures resulting from actions: decreased costs, reduced vehicle miles traveled, fleet reductions, or other metrics.

Golden Valley

Date action report first entered:   06/27/2017
Date of last report update:   06/27/2017
Year action initially completed:   2015
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
Bike patrol is used for enforcement in parks and on trails and in situations where it’s beneficial for officers to be more covert. Bike patrol is also used by the Golden Valley Police Department as an outreach tool. Every summer bike patrol and the Golden Valley Fire Department host weekly events in public parks to strengthen connections with families in the community. GVPD also offers an annual bike-along where residents can tour Golden Valley trails with two police officers and learn about bike safety.

Outcome measures/metrics:
In 2015 about 20 residents participated in the annual bike-along.

For more information contact:
Jason Sturgis (City staff)   |   jsturgis@goldenvalleymn.gov   |   763-593-8059

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Date action report first entered:   04/02/2014

Implementation details:
The Public Safety Department has incorporated bike and foot patrols into their patrol routines. Also, the GIS department has a bicycle that is used to collect GPS data on existing street structures.

Outcome measures/metrics:
One police officer, now retired lost over 50 lbs of weight by volunteering to be on bike patrol. Fuel consumption has went down by incorporating bike patrols and general public awareness of bike safety has increased.

For more information contact:
Tim Behrendt (City staff)   |   tim.behrendt@ci.northfield.mn.us   |   507-645-3027

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Date action report first entered:   12/30/2014
Date of last report update:   02/11/2015

Implementation details:
The city's police reserve unit uses bicycles and ATV's for patrols, according to the city's reserve department promotional brochure. The 2009 "Your City at Work" report noted that measures reducing electricity and adopting efficient driving habits and a no-idle policy reduced fuel and electricity use by 5%.

For more information contact:
Ryan Johnson (City staff)   |   Ryan.johnson@cityofroseville.com   |   651-792-7049

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Date action report first entered:   05/09/2011

Implementation details:
Hopkins currently has bike police patrols. There are also bikes available to City inspectors.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Attached is the gallons of fuel used by police & fire for the past three years. Comparing years the number of miles traveled are decreasing.

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For more information contact:
Chuck Autio (City staff)   |   Cautio@hopkinsmn.com   |   952-548-6378

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Date action report first entered:   04/19/2013
Date of last report update:   05/01/2015

Implementation details:
Maplewood has police patrols that are bike mounted. When the distance allows, staff have done code enforcement inspections by foot patrol as well as utilizing new city bikes available for staff use.

Descriptive links: http://www.ci.maplewood.mn.us/index.aspx?nid=485

For more information contact:
Scott Schultz (City staff)   |   scott.schultz@ci.maplewood.mn.us   |   (651) 249-2430

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Saint Paul

Date action report first entered:   10/20/2014
Date of last report update:   10/20/2014

Implementation details:
Saint Paul Police Department has a bike, foot and horseback unit.

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Albert Lea

Date action report first entered:   07/13/2016
Date of last report update:   07/13/2016

Implementation details:
The Albert Lea Police Department established their Bike Patrol unit in 1998. The Bike Patrol unit is highly visible and accessible to the community, day or night, seven days a week, throughout all of Albert Lea. The Bike Patrol unit is comprised of P.O.S.T. licensed and specially trained Police Officers, under the continued professional development and command of Lt. Darren Hanson, Police Cyclist Instructor.

Descriptive links: http://cityofalbertlea.org/departments/police/units/

For more information contact:
Jerry Gabrielatos (City staff)   |   jgabrielatos@ci.albertlea.mn.us   |   507-377-4316

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Date action report first entered:   06/07/2012

Implementation details:
Parking enforcement officer walks while on duty

For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer)   |   janetanderson2840@gmail.com   |   5072190680

Police Department

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Brooklyn Center

Date action report first entered:   02/11/2015
Date of last report update:   04/03/2015

Implementation details:
In 2015 the City of Brooklyn Center purchased 4 bikes and will begin to patrol parts of the City on bike including trails, parks, and commercial districts.

For more information contact:
Andrew Hogg (City staff)   |   ahogg@ci.brooklyn-center.mn.us   |   763-569-3327

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Coon Rapids

Date action report first entered:   11/26/2014
Date of last report update:   11/26/2014

Implementation details:
Since 1991 the Coon Rapids Police Department has had a bike patrol to assist with large community and athletic events, including high school football games, carnivals, and the 4th of July celebration. Bikes are also used on an as needed basis for proactive patrol in known or suspected trouble spots. Bikes work well in city parks and on the miles of bicycle and recreation trails in Coon Rapids. Bike patrol officers have the unique opportunity to be approachable by the public. Bike officers are able to meet the residents and allows for an ideal way to facilitate community policing.

Descriptive links: http://www.ci.coon-rapids.mn.us/police/bikepatrol.htm

For more information contact:
Colleen Sinclair (City staff)   |   csinclair@coonrapidsmn.gov   |   763-767-6485

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Date action report first entered:   08/05/2011

Implementation details:
In 2006, the City phased in bike patrols for the police department. The patrols occur in the downtown area of the City.

Outcome measures/metrics:
The bike patrol saves fuel costs.

For more information contact:
Adam Kienberger (City staff)   |   akienberger@ci.farmington.mn.us   |   651-280-6820

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Fergus Falls

Date action report first entered:   01/14/2016
Date of last report update:   01/14/2016

Implementation details:
In 2015 the city had two Community Service Officers patrolling the city on their bicycles.

For more information contact:
Len Taylor (City staff)   |   len.taylor@ci.fergus-falls.mn.us   |   218-332-5418

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Date action report first entered:   04/27/2016
Date of last report update:   04/27/2016

Implementation details:
Our police department has bike patrol.

For more information contact:
Melanie Mesko-Lee (City staff)   |   mmesko_lee@hastingsmn.gov   |   651-480-2326

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Date action report first entered:   05/03/2013

Implementation details:
Department of Public Safety has increased foot patrols of officers in downtown area, in an effort to be more visible during weekend activities and promote well-being of officers.

For more information contact:
Molly Westman (City staff)   |   mwestman@mankatomn.gov   |   507-387-8571

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Red Wing

Date action report first entered:   01/30/2013

Implementation details:
We currently have four officers that have attended bike patrol training through the Saint Paul Police Department. These officers occasionally patrol on bicycles specifically designed for this kind of work and are equipped with emergency lighting. These officers have bike carriers attached to their squad cars so they can patrol all areas of the town on their bikes and not be far from their squad car. The biggest benefit of having the officers on their bikes is it brings them closer to the public and therefore increased interaction with the public. It also provides a change of pace for the officers and allows them to easily access areas not available to them while in their squad car. All of our officers are encouraged and expected (when time permits) to spend at least a portion of their shift out of the car on foot. Again, the biggest benefit of this type of patrolling is the ability to have more face to face contact with the public. Officers will walk the downtown area and visit businesses, walk neighborhoods, and specific problem areas that are identified from time to time. This activity also provides a change of pace for the officers and allows them to interact and listen to the public’s concerns. We have received a lot of positive comments from the public when they see the officers out and about on foot. We do not have horseback patrols in Red Wing.

For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744

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Date action report first entered:   06/14/2011

Implementation details:
Rochester has police officers patrolling on bicycles in the downtown area.

For more information contact:
Jeff Ellerbusch (City staff)   |   ellerbusch.jeff@CO.OLMSTED.MN.US   |   507-328-7132

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Saint Anthony

Date action report first entered:   05/05/2011

Implementation details:
The City of St. Anthony uses active bicycle patrols in high density areas.

For more information contact:
Jay Hartman (City staff)   |   jay.hartman@ci.saint-anthony.mn.us   |   612-782-3314

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Saint Cloud

Date action report first entered:   05/12/2011

Implementation details:
St. Cloud currently has bike police patrols. Officers participate in yearly training to ensure public safety is met.

For more information contact:
Liz Kramer (City staff)   |   elizabeth.kramer@ci.stcloud.mn.us   |   320-255-7226

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Saint Louis Park

Date action report first entered:   10/09/2013

Implementation details:
The bike patrol works primarily in the City's parks and trails, interacting with the public, answering questions and providing information and literature about the City and the parks. Both sworn police officers and police reserve officers serve as bike patrol. Bike patrol also works with other agencies on problem areas.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Number of contacts with SLP residents and visitors.

Descriptive links: http://www.stlouispark.org/patrol.html

For more information contact:
Breanna Erickson (City staff)   |   jvaughan@stlouispark.org   |   952-924-2184

Hennepin County Sheriff

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Date action report first entered:   12/07/2017
Date of last report update:   12/07/2017
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
The police department utilizes both bike and foot patrol, primarily in the spring, summer and fall months. The bikes as well as foot patrol are utilized for special events or in large areas such as PineCone Central Park where access is limited by vehicle. Specialized bike or foot patrols are also put into place when we have reports of specific types of crimes in certain areas of the community. By being on bike or foot, the officers can more stealthily work through neighborhoods and yards, unlike a motor vehicle which stands out and tends to make it more difficult to apprehend those involved in the crimes. With that said, both bike and foot patrol are good ways to interact with the community on a more personal level by not being behind the window of a squad car.

For more information contact:
Nate Keller (City staff)   |   nate.keller@sartellmn.com   |   320-258-7316

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White Bear Lake

Date action report first entered:   03/11/2013

Implementation details:
The city does not have bike or horseback patrol, but our officers do a considerable amount of foot patrol during the good weather. There is no dedicated “foot patrol” shift, but every day someone is out on foot in a specific area or in underground apartment garages etc, conducting foot patrol – in addition to the foot patrol at City events, Marketfest and Manitou Days.

For more information contact:
Connie Taillon (City staff)   |   ctaillon@whitebearlake.org   |   651-429-8564

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Date action report first entered:   04/27/2013

Implementation details:
The City of Woodbury Public Safety Department uses its bike patrol program as a means to enhance the investigative abilities and to improve community interactions. Bikes are used to get around in confined spaces & places (parks, retail areas) as a means of crime detection and prevention, and as a community relations platform in the same types of venues. Bikes are also used on specific problems, such as curfew or thefts from autos allowing officers to covertly troll around neighborhoods.

For more information contact:
Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff)   |   jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us   |   651-714-3522

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greenstep advisor
Rebecca Place, Electric Vehicle Coordinator, MN Pollution Control Agency: 651-757-2807, rebecca.place@state.mn.us