The number of police bicycle units is doubling in Binghamton.

A $25,000 New York Public Protection Grant is adding two more police bike patrols to the department and paying for the special training needed for bicycle patrol officers.  The money also helps offset overtime costs.

New York State Senator Fred Akshar touted the bike patrols as a tool to strengthen bonds between police and the community as they are more approachable.

The grant was outlined in this year’s New York State Budget and is administered through the state Division of Criminal Justice Services.