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Affordable and effective short-range transportation for public safety and city parking districts

Electric Stand-up Cycles providing cleantech easy-to-ride short-range transportation for public safety, special events, campus environments.

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Our product (electric Stand-Up) cycles - give a user-friendly approach to short-range patrols and personal transportation. The rider can see much better (higher "line of sight") than on a bike or motorcycle and is much more approachable when considering the community outreach and relations aspect of public safety, parking and special events.

So our product would affect the general public in a different way - by providing a safer more user-friendly enforcement environment where -- net positive public perception and interaction is the benefit.

Describe who will use your solution (1,000 characters)

Police Agencies, Private Security, College Campus Police, Government Agencies like Parking Authority (DOT) and Economic Develop agencies doing special events. Our most recent examples of these type of customers are: The City of Berkeley, CA who recently bought units, The City of Oakland, CA who is getting set to do a parking enforcement pilot and Sutter Health (a large hospital system) who is the in the process of buying units in cooperation with Securitas Security Company to do hospital campus patrols.

Describe your solution's stage of development

  • Ready to Scale - you have completed and expanded your pilot and are seeing adoption of your solution by your intended user

Insights from previous testing (500 characters)

We have done numerous demos with city Police departments in the region (City of Berkeley PD, Bart PD, Cal Expo PD and Elk Grove PD) and have a city parking district about to do their pilot program (City of Oakland, CA). Several of these agencies are currently working on funding to buy our Glide Patrol product! Recently City of Berkeley, CA purchased units and have already seen outstanding results and public reaction. They plan to buy more and neighboring cities have expressed interest as well!

Tell us about your team or organization (500 characters)

Small but capable team of 6 lead by founder Christopher Wiggins who has over 25 years of consumer products experience. See here: http://www.glidecycles.com/team.html

Size of your team or organization

  • 2-10

Funding Request

  • $75,000

Rough Budget (500 characters)

Since we have built and sold early units into our local market, this would be an effort to reach the City of choice under the program. To do a good job, we would need to travel and be on site during at the training and installation aspect of the pilot. Part of the allocation could be in partnership with a local e-bike shop for ongoing support. General Budget $50k for (10) Police Model demo units $25 for logistics to deploy, train and support use in field including local city maintenance

Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)

In order to do make our pilot program the best it can be - we would do a lot of planning for logistics, training, product support and agency communications. Since we have been working the past several years on developing relationships with local to us agencies - we think we have gained enough knowledge to work with new agencies outside of our immediate area and produce a very successful pilot. I know that our team is up for the challenge and I am quite sure we can deliver a valuable ROI to the pilot city! Our recent sale to City of Berkeley Police Department will definitely help open lots of doors at other city PDs including cities like Indianapolis and I am confident that I can make that happen. FYI, City of Berkeley is currently doing a video for cadet recruitment featuring our product since it is so effective in community outreach, approachability and perception! This could be a good tool and testimonial for discussions with other cities.

Describe how you would measure the success of your pilot (1000 characters)

In a recent field test with the City of Berkeley, CA - we had the Chief and 2 Sergeants supervise a day of riding throughout their typical beat. We had one of our guys along for the ride-along to validate proper use and safety. This field test day turned out very successful with 11 citations written and 1 assist on an arrest. So this example of direct results would be a possible model to follow with other departments. But a big part of the value is the cost savings in using our machines versus a vehicle. And I think measuring the direct savings and patrol efficiency is directly relevant to a successful pilot. But the biggest city impact may not be measured in direct cost savings - but community outreach. In a recent city street fair of 250,000 people in Berkeley, CA our customer Berkeley PD used their new machines with huge success. They said the community perception was outstanding, with interest and friendly interactions vs negative comments from the public as of late.

Sustainability Plan (500 characters)

Yes, since we are already in the business of designing and manufacturing these products - we are poised for growth. The fact is that we have lacked the funding to scale and market the company and our products. A pilot opportunity like this would help us leverage into other city participation and growth! It doesn't take huge volume to make our product a financial success and create sustainability.
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Brochure G2 Panther.pdf

G2 Patrol - Panther Model from Glide Patrol -- Brochure

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Electric Stand-up Cycles providing cleantech easy-to-ride short-range transportation for public safety, special events, campus environments.

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Hey Christopher Wiggins , this is MaCie' one of the facilitators here! Thank you for participating in the challenge! This is very timely especially with the rise of E-Scooters in Indianapolis. Have you already been in contact with IMPD, major campuses, etc. in regards to there interest in your product?

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Thanks for the post MaCie - no, not in your region. We have been reaching out to the more "local to us" agencies and campuses. And we have seen some success with College Campus police and City police in Northern California. We are also just about to start a pilot with the City of Oakland Dept of Transportation.. My team an I are looking forward to more opportunities across the country!

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Team

Christopher Wiggins , that's awesome! I would urge you to have those introductory conversations to ensure their is a market for your product in Indianapolis, and start nurturing those potential relationships.

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Team

Thanks again. We have validated that there is a viable market in enough other cities to feel confident going in. That said, good idea to contact them in Indianapolis for the relationship building. Do you happen to know any key people within the City PD or College PDs?