Sioux Falls Bike Cops need E-Bikes


I have noticed that the SFPD has put their bike cops out on the trail several days a week. I was surprised to see that Rapid City has had E-Bikes since 2019;

The bikes give officers an edge in patrols along the city’s bike paths and park system during the warmer months. With the electric pedal assist, officers will be able to more-rapidly respond to emergencies, especially along the city’s elevated hiking and biking trails.

I think if the officers got E2 Moped Bikes with detachable/interchangeable backup batteries they could cover more ground and it would be way more affordable, efficient and safer than riding Harleys on the bike trails. You can also deck them out with lights, sirens, I-Pads, multiple baskets, saddle bags and just about anything that fits on a motorcycle.

I encourage the city council to request four bikes be added to the SFPD budget for 2023.


#1 Fear & Loathing in Pierre on 06.20.22 at 9:14 pm

Does Denver have ebikes for their cops? If so, then that’s why Rapid has them, too. Rapid once had diagonal crosswalks downtown (Do they still have them?): Just like Denver. Then there was that period in their history when they had Saab squad cars. Not sure if the last one was to be like Denver, or just the lowest bid, however. Now, I am not hating on Rapid, but who got their downtown political statues first? Rapid or Pierre? 😉

#2 scott on 06.20.22 at 9:53 pm

electric bikes sound like some liberal california idea. i’m surprised the trumpers out there would allow it.

#3 Proper training and licensing on 06.22.22 at 1:33 pm

These freaks on their electric “bikes” need to be taught how to ride them, and more importantly where to ride them. They do not belong on sidewalks, they need to go with the flow of traffic, not against it. They should also all be licensed with headlights and taillights. I even think having them get a motorcycle license to operate would be a step in the right direction.

#4 Further Fear & Loathing on 06.22.22 at 9:58 pm

Ebikes are to motorcycle licenses what the internet once was to state sales taxes. In both cases, Main Street needs to be saved. So let’s license them, go with the flow, buy them from Amazon, and then let the local Amazon save your local Main Street? Is that right? But what if you don’t have a local Amazon? Can you save a Main Street by just going the flow? AND, will Flo even insure them? I am just not sure about all of this. AND also, if ebikes are motorcycles, then will the Tesla recharging booths in Mitchell work for one’s way to Sturgis? AND are they on Main Street next to the Corn Palace, but does it matter and will it help… Main Street, that is?

#5 Fearing the Fuhrer & More on 06.22.22 at 10:08 pm

Rapid City has ebike cops? But isn’t Rapid also the home of the pedal-less, gravitational pull bike?…. What gives? Gravity?