Cycling Community Responds to Help OPD Bike Patrol.
In October lifelong cyclist and bike advocate Kurt Goetzinger heard that the Omaha Police Department Bike Patrol could use a nice bike rack to mount their bicycles for transport on squad vehicles. Goetzinger posted the OPD patrol’s need to social media and reached out to Craig Kelley of the popular Dundee Chain Gang Cycling Club, who emailed his membership roster.
“Within minutes we had a bike rack donated,” explained Goetzinger. “But the Dundee Chain Gang wasn’t going to stop there – dozens of their members replied with offers to donate additional items and cash to support the bike patrol. The Bike Rack store offered to donate a new bike rack and sell the OPD bike patrol all items at a deeply discounted price.”
The Omaha Police Department has a strong working relationship with the cycling community. Over the past few years they have presented bike rodeos to teach children safety skills of riding, helped the National Safety Council with their popular CycleFest events, and have given out certificates for free ice cream cones to kids they come across wearing bike helmets while riding.
“Omaha cyclists remember all the great things our cops do for our sport – and we wanted to give back to their bike patrol,” said Kelley. “I was humbled, but not surprised that our club would quickly step up to outfit their needs.”
In total, the Dundee Chain Gang donated over $1,100.00 in cash plus two additional usable used bike racks for the bike patrol to transport their bicycles. This sum will be able to purchase all of the current equipment and supply need of the patrol due to the generosity of the The Bike Rack stores in Omaha and Lincoln.