Want to join me in making a difference? I'm raising money to benefit the Bedford, Texas Police Department & Fire Department to start their first Bike Patrol Unit, and any donation will help create an impact.
Our story started in March of 2019 in talking with a local Police Department. In discussions with them and other jurisdictions, we were concerned about Police, Fire & EMS purchasing their bicycles (themselves, out of pocket) and accessories, so we supported and lent bikes for a few months to see whether this might boost morale and community engagement.
Within a few weeks, the community experienced a considerable increase in successful apprehensions and community social engagement. The officers are experiencing more positive engaging contact with the community than if they had been in a vehicle patrol unit. As news of this experience spread through testimonies and social media, neighboring communities started to participate in adding Bike Patrol Units. Crucially, this sparked interest in more jurisdictions, leading to creating the county’s first Bike The Blue program, governed by a small-town gal with a big passion for her city and surrounding towns.
Since then, this model has gone viral in North Texas, spawning a grassroots revolution with 15 or more jurisdictions to date. Our work is about much more than getting bikes to First Respondents. These experiences have guided our journey, searching for new approaches to demonstrate that First Respondents can partner within their communities, work closely with businesses and actively socialize with families. Our First Respondents and jurisdictions coming together “One Bike At A Time.”
Thanks in advance for your contribution to this cause that means so much to me.
Bike The Blue, President