New York's Central Park has recently become very popular for bicycle riding -- providing as it does one of the few escapes from the city's noise and summer heat.
GV Central Park
SV People on buggy rides
GV Children theatre
GV Couples in park
GV PAN people riding bicycles
SV & GV Int. Police leave station, onto bikes an away
CU & SV Police riding through central park on bikes with commentary of their voices (5 shots)
GV PAN police riding through wooded area
TRANSCRIPT: FIRST POLICEMAN'S VOICE: "We made one arrest where we chased a man on foot, on bike and in a cab and finally subdued him after a struggle at 96th Street and Park Avenue and he was later identified as a person that's probably robbed 15 to 20 people in Central Park so far."
SECOND POLICEMAN'S VOICE: "It's a long day, you're always out and constantly moving. It just turns into a real long day, long week."
THIRD POLICEMAN'S VOICE: "I personally, that's the way my partner and I try and work it. He usually stays back as a backup man and I try and get hit. But fortunately we haven't had any serious close calls or anything like that. People look us over, let us go by, but nothing really serious yet."
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Background: New York's Central Park has recently become very popular for bicycle riding -- providing as it does one of the few escapes from the city's noise and summer heat. Unfortunately, it has also become the popular haunt of robbers and muggers who assault the bicycle-riding relief-seekers. To combat this, New York police have been riding their bicycles in the Park in the hope of attracting would-be attackers before they assault members of the general public.
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SYNOPSIS: Central Park -- one of the few escapes New Yorkers have from the summer's heat and noise. It's known as a place where one can take buggy rides and where the city presents an impromptu theatre presentations for children. It's also a refuge for a quiet outdoor lunch and for lovers. Bicycle riding is also popular -- particularly on weekends when cars are banned.
But the park is also popular for bike staling and attacks on riders. So police from New York's Central Park precinct have taken to riding bikes to flush would-be attackers before they attack members of the public. Some police spoke -- although they didn't want to be seen.
The bike-riding patrolmen admit they can't catch every mugger in the park. But then, they say they's trying to produce fear in the minds of would-be attackers. The police hope that soon muggers will realise that out a gun instead of a wallet.