- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 9, 2016

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - The Burlington Police Department has received a fleet of five bicycles and will resume bike patrols in the city for the first time in several years.

Budnitz Bicycles on Pine Street worked with the Queen City Police Foundation to create custom-designed bikes for the department, which were paid for by the foundation and not taxpayer dollars.

The bikes feature greaseless belt drives, internal hub gearing and titanium components in addition to special brakes and suspension designed to keep officers safe.

Chief Brandon del Pozo says the bicycles are more eco-friendly and will help further community engagement.

The bicycles will be deployed through the rest of the summer and into the fall.

Mayor Miro Weinberger says the bike patrols are part of the city’s push to broaden the department’s street presence.

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