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A Patent for What?

By Marcus Chan - 2012-10-15T19:00:39Z

Illustration by Dennis Ingram

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Bullet-Resistant Bicycle

Bicycles and motorcycles give police officers a cheaper and more agile way to patrol, but not much protection from gunfire. This invention tries to remedy that with a bullet-resistant shield that can be mounted to the rear wheel of a common bike or motorcycle. And it even has a place to store equipment.

The compartment would include drop-down or pop-up panels "to cover the vital areas of the body as an officer crouches behind it for protection," according to the patent filing. Some of the shield would be made of transparent material, like bulletproof glass, so an officer can see through the panel when returning fire.

The inventor is Dennis Ingram of Cherry Hill, New Jersey.