The Brookhaven Police Department recently received a donated ElectroBike Georgia customized electric bicycle to use while patrolling in such areas as parks and festivals.

Sgt. Justin Young takes the department’s new electric bike for a spin. (ElectroBike Georgia)
From left, Sgt. Justin Young, ElectroBike Georgia President Eric Hunger, Brookhaven City Councilmember Joe Gebbia, Brookhaven Chamber of Commerce President Alan Goodman, and Brookhaven Police Chief Gary Yandura.

ElectroBike Georgia President Eric Hunger collaborated with Brookhaven’s Police Chief Gary Yandura to outfit the Cross model e-bike with specific features needed to help the police officers, including increased power capabilities, a blue light, siren, front and back lights, police signage and a police bag, according to a press release.  The bicycle’s tires have also been adapted with special inner tubes making the tires impervious to punctures. Hunger said he plans to create a customized model for law enforcement.

Electric bikes are powered by rechargeable lithium batteries

and allow the rider determine how much help is needed during a ride. With the motor turned off, the bike operates as a traditional bicycle. A flip of a switch turns on the bike’s battery to give a boost, or pedal assist, so a rider can easily pedal with the e-bike taking over the hard riding. Many e-bikes also have throttles which allow riders to not pedal as the bike essentially transforms into a scooter.

“This is fantastic,” said Sgt. Justin Young after taking the bike out for a test ride.  “I’m surprised at how easy it is to operate.  You don’t have to pedal if you don’t want to, giving you one less thing to think about on the job.  We routinely use bikes to patrol parks and festivals, and the ElectroBike will keep us from getting fatigued.”

Dyana Bagby

Dyana Bagby is a staff writer for Reporter Newspapers and Atlanta Intown.