Public Safety Cyclist Course

Instruction includes emergency vehicle operations for public safety cyclists, as well as topics such as patrol procedures, tactics, night operations, and basic maintenance. More than half of the course will be spent on-bike focusing on skill development, enabling riders to concentrate on their patrol duties. Discussion also includes clothing and personal protective equipment, patrol procedures and tactics, scene management, and equipment selection. Through lectures, skill stations, and scenarios personnel will learn ways to maximize their effectiveness within the communities they serve. 

Prerequisites: Applicants must be public safety personnel currently assigned to bike patrol, officers or paramedics applying to become members of a bike unit, or members of a department considering use of the bicycle. 

Sworn law enforcement personnel are eligible for the IPMBA Police Cyclist certification, while non-sworn personnel are eligible for the IPMBA Security Cyclist or IPMBA EMS Cyclist certification (those interested in IPMBA certification should bring a $100 check payable to IPMBA). 

Required Materials: The Complete Guide to Public Safety Cycling, 3rd edition (hard copy and an e-book available)

Topics Include

  • Braking
  • Dynamic mounts and dismounts
  • Curb/stair ascents and descents
  • Negotiation of basic obstacles 
  • Slow speed and balance
  • Bicycle, uniform, accessory, and clothing selections
  • Basic physical fitness and injury avoidance
  • Critical situation riding techniques
  • Basic maintenance, tire changing, brake and gear adjustment
  • Pre-ride safety inspections
  • Traffic strategies and approaches to calls
  • Scene management
  • Equipment selection and load placement
  • Patrolling, vehicle stops, suspect stops
  • Pursuits and takedowns
  • Night patrol
  • Community relations
  • Bicycles and firearms discussion

Participants must bring a multi-geared, quality mountain bike, pedal retention a bicycle helmet that meets current safety standards, and protective eyewear. Duty uniforms and cycling gloves are recommended, but not required.

Important Note:  Student bikes MUST meet IPMBA standards for appropriate frame height and size, i.e., there should be 1.5 to 3 inches of clearance between the rider and the top tube of the bike when the rider is astride it in a flat-footed stance.  

Date and Time

Monday to Thursday, Oct. 3 to 6, 2022
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Wednesday 2 to 10 p.m. for the night ride
Homeland Security Education Center (HEC)
Hours: 32
Tuition: $325

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