The Campus Security bike unit has been a tremendous success at the University of Calgary, both as a community security initiative and as a crime prevention tool. Cycling also allows Campus Security to foster community connections by increasing a visible presence on the ground.
Response to emergency situations and crimes in progress is extremely efficient because of the enhanced mobility, access, visibility, and stealth provided by a bike. The bike unit is a cost-effective alternative to traditional vehicle patrol that promotes the department's commitment to healthy and physically fit Security Members.
Bike unit Security Members are equipped with all weather uniforms that enable them to patrol by bike virtually year round, although they primarily ride April to October. Bike unit Security Members ride specially-equipped “Police Package” mountain bikes that are outfitted with a light package, which enables them to ride day and night.