By John Schaffner

The board of the Buckhead Area Transportation Management Association (BATMA) presented three police bicycles to Atlanta police Zone 2 commander Maj. James Sellers and his officers Oct. 21 as part of the organization’s commitment to reduce pollution, save gas and go green.

Chris Breeden, the chairman of the BATMA board, presented the bicycles, along with accessories and program support, during a meeting of the organization’s board of directors. AC

The board “recognized the benefits of having Zone 2 police officers outfitted on two wheels rather than four” to minimize harmful emissions from cars in Buckhead, to reduce spending on gasoline, and to enhance safety and security in the community.

The bikes also will provide a quick way to reach areas of Buckhead neighborhoods and office parks that are difficult to reach on foot or by car.

The BATMA board solicited City Councilman Howard Shook to help BATMA provide the bikes to the Zone 2 police, and the group pledged to ensure their continued operation and maintenance.

“For every mile a car is driven, a pound of pollution is released into the atmosphere, so these bikes will help improve air quality in Buckhead,” said Denise Starling, the executive director of BATMA. “BATMA also works to improve mobility for every person traveling in Buckhead, including those who serve and protect our citizens, so we hope these bikes do just that for our police officers.”

Sellers said, “These bikes, uniforms and maintenance program are going to be a very big part of our holiday plan in this area,” when crime increases.