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Aberdeenís City Wardens saddle up as cycle patrols rolled out across the city
Aberdeen City Council's dedicated team of City Wardens will saddle up as cycle patrols are rolled out across the city.
The City Wardens, who provide a flexible service that responds to the needs of the communities they serve, will have access to four bikes to begin with.
The Trek Valencia hybrid bikes are normal pedal bikes with electric motors and will be used by 10 wardens initially to serve the whole city.
During the patrols, the wardens will carry out their normal community, safety and environmental duties, but the bikes will allow the wardens to cover larger areas, provide a more frequent service and be more accessible to the public.
Aberdeen City Council Convener of Housing and Environment, Councillor Neil Cooney said: "This is a hugely positive step forward for the City Warden service which already provides a high-profile, reassuring presence across Aberdeen.
"Cycle patrols will mean the wardens can cover more ground and respond to the needs of communities more efficiently. The bikes are also a cleaner, greener alternative to other modes of transport and will be of great benefit to the wardens."
Cllr Cooney added: "The role of the City Wardens is a great example of community working. They provide a vital link between the public, the council and emergency services so that residents feel safe in their homes and in public, while ensuring the city's transport network runs smoothly. These bicycle patrols will only improve that and I look forward to hearing about the benefits this will bring."
Aberdeen City Council City Warden officer Robin Donald added: "This is a fantastic opportunity for the City Wardens as not only do the bikes offer environmental and health benefits, they also have the advantage of allowing wardens to quickly get to areas that are not immediately accessible by cars.
"The wardens aim to provide a flexible service and the introduction of bicycle patrols will only increase that flexibility. Often the wardens work long shifts and cover a lot of ground so this will greatly improve the efficiency of the service they provide."
The City Wardens service was launched in January 2009 by redesigning the roles and responsibilities previously undertaken by parking enforcement officers, environmental wardens and community wardens.
The City Wardens help to deter antisocial behaviour, littering and illegal parking in the city. They also help to reassure the public on community safe issues and work closely with the emergency services and all community groups.