Police officers can now effortlessly charge up the hilliest areas of Calderdale thanks to the legacy of the Tour de France’s visit to Yorkshire.
Three electrically assisted bikes were bought with money from the Tour de France legacy, and they are now being used by PC Fiona Igo, PCSO Hayley Ratcliffe and PCSO Sarah Conderson to go the extra mile into remote areas, such as Soyland and Warley.
The bikes allow police to keep up with the most hotfooted criminal and Inspector Dave Browning, who organised the project, said seven more are set to be purchased.
“Electric bikes are already making a big difference across Calderdale,” he said. “It’s a lot easier now for Sarah, Hayley and Fiona to get to remote areas like Soyland, Warley and the Shibden valley, where communities want to see us out and about. A ten minute electric bike ride is an efficient alternative to an hour’s walk or a bus ride with changes.
“The bikes are quick and quiet, so are perfect for checking out calls about suspicious activity. Recently in Pellon, Hayley’s electric bike caught up with some lads who she saw running away from a vulnerable victim’s house, which would not have happened if she had been on foot.”