BY LOUISE R. SHAW
Clipper Staff Writer
KAYSVILLE – Bicycles used by the Kaysville Police Department got a significant upgrade thanks to the efforts of a few concerned businesses in town.
As Lt. Paul Thompson tells the story, when a Kaysville officer riding a department bike stopped by the newly opened Bountiful Bike-Kaysville, the store manager was not impressed with his bike.
“We had no idea there was a bike patrol,” said Tyler Beyeler, store manager at the shop that opened last July. “As we were looking at the bike, we realized it was pretty old school and wondered if we could do a fundraiser.”
His interest in helping the department resulted in a donation of four new bikes that retail for $1,400 each.
Besides Bountiful Bike, donations from Taco Time, Dr. Mark Taylor of Wasatch Eye & Optical and Destination Homes each covered the cost of the bikes, which were made available at a price discounted by supplier Specialized Bikes.
“It’s a night and day difference,” said Thompson. The new bikes replaced the department’s old ones Р some of which were 15 years old.
The mountain bikes have a 29-inch wheel size, are about half the weight, have hydraulic disc brakes and gears with a wider range.
“It’s quite the upgrade from what they had,” said Thompson.
Bike patrols were re-instituted in Kaysville by Chief Sol Oberg last June, according to Thompson.
Those who patrol on bicycles are “100 percent more approachable,” said Thompson. “It takes down that barrier. It makes us more visable.”
It also allows officers to better patrol Wilderness Park, the Rail Trail and other parks that don’t have vehicular access, he said.
“It’s a totally different way to do police work,” said Thompson. “It’s a really cool thing they did for us.”
That feeling goes both ways.
“We’re way appreciative of what the Kaysville Police do for our community and for the city,” said Beyeler. “We wanted to give back and others felt the same way.”