Boris Johnson is planning to give London’s Met Police electric mountain bikes that can climb stairs and help them catch criminals.
The mayor also plans to trial public hire electric bikes, similar to the popular Barclays bike scheme
The London Mayor believes the bikes will “keep the police one step ahead” when trying to catch perpetrators of crime.
Mr Johnson is currently looking for sponsorship to trial the all-terrain, full-suspension ‘e-bikes’.
He says the bikes go over rough ground much faster than normal bikes go over tarmac.
He also claims they can climb stairs.
In a document outlining the mayor’s vision for cycling in the capital, the mayor’s office said it was seeking funding for “a trial of the latest all-terrain, full-suspension electric mountain bikes with the Metropolitan Police.”
It continued: “These bikes go over rough ground faster than a normal bike goes over tarmac, and also climb stairs. With criminals increasingly using (ordinary) bikes, e-bikes will keep the police one step ahead.”
The mayor also plans to trial public hire electric bikes, similar to the popular Barclays bike scheme.
However, he said the new bikes would be placed in different locations to the Barclays bikes, in areas which are particularly hilly or far from a tube station.
The bikes will be “particularly useful for people who need to ride in a suit without breaking sweat,” the document says.
Electric bikes are popular in European countries such as the Netherlands and Germany, where up to a fifth of new bicycles sold are powered by a battery.
The plans are part of a Â£913bn scheme to encourage cycling in the capital, which will see 15 miles of segregated cycle ways built across London and some major roads reduced to 20mph.
Boris Johnson plans to give police electric bikes that ‘can climb stairs’