In an effort to facilitate the development of police bicycle patrol programs in Madison County municipalities, MCT is donating iForce police bicycles to the Troy and South Roxana police departments.
The program will allow officers to patrol both the streets and neighborhoods of Troy and South Roxana as well as the MCT Trails. Since police officers in uniform ride MCT fixed-route buses for free, and all MCT buses are equipped with bike racks, officers can take advantage of the bike and bus program to travel throughout the community.
South Roxana Mayor Barb Overton said she’s looking forward to the new patrol bicycle assisting the village in strengthening relationships with residents. In the last five years, MCT has donated patrol bicycles to police departments in Alton, East Alton, Edwardsville, Granite City, Maryville, and Highland.
The mountain-bike style bicycles have been custom designed by iForce, a U.S. company that exclusively manufactures patrol bicycles. Each bicycle is equipped with “thumb-switch controlled” vehicle-grade sirens, public address speakers and flashing LED lights. The bikes are designed and manufactured for heavy-duty law enforcement use, complete with puncture-resistant Kevlar tires, an adjustable air shock and mechanical disc brakes for greater stopping power.
(From left) South Roxana Police Lt. Brian Doyle, South Roxana Mayor Barb Overton, South Roxana Police Chief Bob Coles, MCT Managing Director SJ Morrison, and MCT GIS Specialist David Cobb display the new bikes at South Roxana Village Hall.