This program accomplishes a number of goals. First, officers are given opportunities to interact with young people in non-adversarial situations. Second, officers on bicycles are more apt to develop positive relationships with residents and residents are more apt to discuss problems and report crimes or nuisances. Officers on bicycles are not as visible as an officer in a cruiser. If a potential criminal is looking for a marked police cruiser to patrol by, the officer on the bicycle has an added measure of surprise.