Donating Electric Motorcycles Supports Sustainability Efforts

Thanks to the FirstEnergy Foundation, the Cleveland Metroparks Police Department is the first in the northeast Ohio region to use electric motorcycles to patrol a major park system.‚Äč

May 13, 2020

The Cleveland Metroparks Police Department recently debuted the newest addition to its patrol fleet – the first of two electric motorcycles donated by the FirstEnergy Foundation. The police department is believed to be the first in the northeast Ohio region using electric motorcycles to patrol its more than 300 miles of trails.

“The collaboration is a testament to FirstEnergy’s commitment to our local communities and reinforces our Foundation’s mission of supporting sustainability efforts,” said Lorna Wisham, vice president, Corporate Affairs & Community Involvement, and president, FirstEnergy Foundation. “We’re proud to support the police department’s mission to provide a safe and accessible environment for the Cleveland Metroparks’ more than 43 million annual visitors.”

The vehicle – a Zero motorcycle dual-sport, heavy-duty model – has a range of about 140 miles per charge and can be used both on and off road. The first bike hit the roads in early April ahead of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, and the second bike will be deployed next year. They support a team of 90 Metroparks’ police officers who patrol on foot, bicycle, horse and in marked cruisers.

Katherine Dolan is chief of police at the 24,000-acre Cleveland Metroparks System. She said the motorcycles are a win-win for the parks and the environment because they reduce carbon emissions released into the atmosphere and decrease fuel costs, while continuing to allow officers to respond quickly to calls since the bikes can reach up to 105 mph.

“We are grateful our friends at FirstEnergy have partnered with us to add electric motorcycles to our patrol fleet,” said Dolan. “The electric motorcycles will enhance our efforts to promote sustainable best practices within our park system.”