SADDLEWORTH’S POLICE team are whizzing around the hills on electric eBikes after a generous donation from kind-hearted technology company Gtech.
Gtech read in last month’s Saddleworth Independent newspaper that the police community team were seeking funding to purchase some of the bikes, which are a costly £995 each.
After getting in touch with Sergeant Neil Barker and PC Lee Cullen, Gtech decided to give the police a boost to their pedal power by donating six bikes.
The special delivery was made to the police station on Uppermill High Street by Nathan Stewart and Lauren Cole-Doswell from Gtech.
Delighted Sergeant Barker said: “The Saddleworth Neighbourhood Policing team constantly strives to provide a visible, approachable presence throughout Saddleworth and Lees.
“The area covered by the team is vast, much of it is rural and extremely hilly. The electric bicycles will greatly enhance the team’s ability to patrol more of the area more frequently, including less accessible locations.
“Gtech picked up through the media that the Saddleworth team were seeking funding to obtain electric bikes and were looking to acquire Gtech cycles.
“As a consequence they contacted PC Cullen with the offer of six as-new reconditioned cycles free of charge.
“The team have already taken to the streets on the cycles, testing their hill climbing abilities on Standedge Road and Church Road with very positive feedback on the performance.
“We cannot thank Gtech enough for their support and assistance in providing the Saddleworth Team with these electric cycles.”
The eBike is ridden like a normal bike but also has a battery and motor to give the cyclist a boost up hills when needed.
A full briefing was given by product demonstrator Nathan, who helps the retail team at the Worcester-based design specialists introduce new and existing products to customers.
Nathan said: “It was by chance that our press office picked up a newspaper cutting in which PC Lee Cullen had applied for a grant for some electric bikes.
“We thought it was great that a public service is looking at green options to solve their transport issues, and we’re delighted to help out by providing our Gtech eBikes.
“We hope they’ll be a valuable asset in getting the force out into the community, especially the more hilly parts of the district where the electric power will really come into its own.”
Gtech’s new Retail Team is an extension to their customer service department meaning they can now help customers try out products and expertly answer any questions.