Tampa Police buys 200 bikes for RNC patrols

TAMPA, Fla. - Tampa Police will buy 200 bicycles for the Republican National Convention.

Fox 13 WTVT (http://bit.ly/NSETd9 ) reports that during the week of the Republican National Convention, many Tampa Bay area officers will park the police cruisers and pedal while on patrol.

During the last Republican convention in Minnesota, a team of 110 bike officers were on duty at all times. The bikes allow officers to better deal with angry crowds and weave through riots if needed.

Native Bikeworks in Riverview was chosen to provide the 200 bikes as part of a more than $300,000 contract. The RNC will be held in downtown Tampa Aug. 27-30.

Each bike will be fitted with LED red and blue flashing lights and will be used by patrol officers even after the convention ends.

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