In an effort to facilitate the development of police bicycle patrol programs in Madison County municipalities, MCT donated RECON Interceptor Power Bicycles to the City of Venice Police Department at the start of its board meeting on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022.
The new ruggedized bikes will allow officers to patrol both the streets and neighborhoods of Venice as well as the MCT Trails. Since police officers in uniform ride MCT fixed-route buses for free, and all MCT buses are equipped with bike racks, officers can take advantage of the bike & bus program to travel throughout the community as well.
RECON is a law enforcement e-bike company specializing in patrol bikes. The all-terrain bicycles donated to the City of Venice have a heavy-duty frame and durable, puncture-resistant four-inch tires. Each bike contains a 1,000-watt mid-drive motor for optimal speed and hydraulic disc brakes for greater stopping power. Complete with emergency police lights, sirens and a police bag, these bicycles were designed with public safety patrol in mind.
In the last five years, MCT has donated patrol bicycles to police departments in Alton, East Alton, Edwardsville, Granite City, Maryville, Highland, Troy, and South Roxana.
Shown, from left, MCT Managing Director SJ Morrison, City of Venice Police Chief Antonio White, Mayor of Venice Tyrone Echols, City of Venice Alderman Phillip White, MCT Board Chairman Ron Jedda, MCT Board Member Al Adomite, MCT Board Vice Chairman Chris Guy, and MCT Board Member Andy Economy.