Police stations turning to pedal power

May 27, 2008 4:36:04 AM PDT
Some police departments are easing off the gas pedal in favor of the bike pedal.

Officers from Iowa to Virginia are going on bike patrols to save gas.

In Bedford, Virginia, Lieutenant Jim Bennett is in charge of the department's bike unit.

He says putting officers on two wheels not only saves money, it also increases police visibility.

Wisconsin-based Trek Bicycle sells more than 1,000 police bikes a year.

They cost about a grand each.

The bikes have one special feature that's probably not on your bike, a silent gear hub that won't give officers away.