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Bike Patrols launch in Southwest Lancaster as extra ‘set of eyes on the street’

The first bike ambassadors for Lancaster’s Southwest neighborhood were off and pedaling Thursday, marking the start of long-planned improvements to that quadrant of the city.

“The No. 1 concern from residents is safety and security,” said Jim Shultz, director of neighborhood enhancement for the Southwest revitalization efforts, now officially named SoWe.

The three-person team of bike ambassadors will be an extra “set of eyes on the street,” said Shultz who is also the program development director for the Lancaster Housing and Opportunity Partnership.

“Conversations with the (city) police department show criminal mischief and graffiti are down and quality of life issues are improved in areas where the bike ambassadors patrol,” said Dave Aichele, director of Clean & Safe Services for the Lancaster City Alliance, which is a partner with the SoWe initiative. Read the full story here.

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