Methuen Expands Bicycle Patrol Fleet with eBikes

Methuen Police Officers Jeff Torrisi, left, and Nick Conway prepare to ride new Polaris eBikes.

The Methuen Police Department has expanded its bicycle patrol fleet in an effort to further its community policing philosophy.

Two Polaris Rapid Response Team Safety model eBikes, specifically designed for police use, are now in service, according to Methuen Police Chief Joseph Solomon. Able to reach up to 20 miles per hour with the assistance of a 750-watt motor, the eBikes also increase an officer’s ability to patrol for long periods of time. They will be utilized on the Methuen Rail Trail that runs through the community and at events including fireworks, parades and other city festivals.

“Our eBikes will allow us to respond faster to calls for service,” Solomon said. “We have enjoyed the positive reactions from citizens who have interacted with officers on patrol in the neighborhood.”

“Polaris eBikes are proud to be supplying the Methuen Police Department with the Rapid Response Electric Bicycles to enhance their bike patrol and to assist in their community out reach initiative,” said Polaris President Adam Rand.