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CLEAR LAKE — The public will soon be seeing a lot more of the Clear Lake Police Department’s bicycle patrol.

After tuning up the department’s Cannonade mountain bikes, three Clear Lake officers hit the streets recently as part of a ramped-up bike patrol designed to give people better access to Clear Lake police.

The department has used bicycles in the past, often during special events, but Police Chief Pete Roth wants the agency’s three bicycle officers to incorporate the cycles into their everyday police work.

“This is just baby steps, and we’re just going to try to implement it more and more,” he said. “Hopefully, it’ll be more of a regular occurrence to see a bike officer as opposed to only seeing one at events.”

Weather permitting, of course.

“They can handle calls on the bike,” Roth said. “They just won’t be able to do traffic control, they won’t be able to transport anybody, (but) they can show up on calls and take a report just like an officer in a car can.”

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