Law enforcement patrols making Springfield bicycle trails safer

Springfield bicycle trails are becoming safer this summer with the help of community partners and local law enforcement.

The Springfield Police Division is expanding its bicycle patrols to Springfield's greenway trail network.

The Little Miami Trail, Simon Kenton Trial and the east-west connector, Buck Creek Trail will be patrolled by certified bike patrol officers to off-duty staffing from now into early fall, Clark County Combined Health District officials said Friday.

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CCCHD officials hope this benefit will allow officers to build an even closer relationship with the community and promote residents to get outdoors in a safe environment.

Right now, more than 75 patrols have been scheduled since late June and will continue through late October, pending favorable weather, according to CCCHD officials.

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Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) theorizes that law enforcement, city workers, and resident volunteers can create a climate of safety in a community right from the start, according CCCHD officials.

Funding has been provided through the Springfield Conservancy District, the health district's Creating Healthy Communities Coalition, Cycling Clark County, the National Trail Parks and Recreation District and Springfield Police.

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