York University Security Service’s Bike Patrol Program is in full swing with 10 security officials assigned to conducting safety patrols on bicycles at the Keele and Glendon campuses.
These security officials have just completed an advanced three-day “Security Cyclist Course” developed by the International Police Mountain Bike Association (IPMBA) and taught by Special Constable Steve Forbes, an accredited IPMBA instructor from the University of Guelph Police Service. This course enhances the safety initiatives implemented at York University, while also incorporating the environmental benefits of bicycle patrol.
From left, York Security Officers Paul Chudoba and Richard Fry
Security patrol officials are eager to patrol in this environmentally friendly and effective means of transportation around campus. York University security officials on bicycles can quickly traverse the miles of campus locations which are otherwise inaccessible by motor vehicles.
“Putting York’s security officials on bicycles also increases the approachability and enhances the relationship between the community and its security officials,” says Aldo Altomare, interim director and manager of security training & standards of security services, Campus Services & Business Operations. This increased mobility and relationship building are just a few benefits of this program, further enhanced by the reduction of greenhouse gases which improves York’s carbon footprint. “Various studies indicate that the use of a bicycle vs. a motor vehicle reduces greenhouse gas emissions by a 10 fold average.”
“This program reflects York University’s commitment to environmental sustainability strategies, living up to its ranking as the greenest University in Canada, and above all ensuring widespread and effective community outreach and visibility of our campus security officials,” says Altomare.
To learn more about York University Security Services and York University’s safety initiatives, visit the York University safety website.