Bike Patrol Program
Report Submitted From Denny Burt – Hiawatha Trail Bike Patrol Director
- As a member of the 13-member National Bike Task Force, I have been quite involved as your representative - for the last six months. I am also part of a subcommittee of four from that committee assigned to work on the bike patrol logo. The task was to produce a bike logo design and get approval at NSP and have them file for legal Intellectual Property registrations associated with that logo design.
- The logo process from left to right is as follows: I personally did not like the design of this logo above for several reasons: I did not like the shape of the white cross and wanted the more traditional NSP cross dimensions. I did not like the lengthy verbiage that only covered Mountain Bike Patrols as we have several urban bike patrols in the nation. It was cluttered etc. and would not read well on a bike Jersey from a distance. This logo is being used by some bike patrols - and that is totally OK for them to use in the future if desired. So Simple being better in my book, and just “Bike Patrol” being more inclusive of all bike patrols and a traditional Cross dimension - seemed a pretty obvious new choice on red clothing:
- So that suggestion met with approval of the other two and of the entire 13-member National Bike Task Force. As a member of NSP it was also suggested that we have the NSP Shield on our Cross but in laying that out it cluttered the cross. There are lot of bike patrol folks that do not ski so the NSP ski Patrol Shield seemed like a contradiction of sporting events – to have ski on a bike jersey. So the task and of how to identify us with NSP and yet be bike specific was an ongoing thought process. It was so simple – hard to believe it eluded us. It occurred to me that in the NSP Shield had only one word that was the issue - Ski: I tweaked the NSP Shield by substituting Bike in it using photo shop and shared that with our group. Our NSP Shield is so identifiable to all that I felt it was a perfect blend of “Bike Patrol” being identified with NSP with a simple one-word change. The design was approved by our sub-committee and ultimately the entire 13-person committee. Hard to see the Bike Shield without thinking we are NSP and have to look twice to even notice – yes! That is the very intent.
- So, after task force approval this shield, and cross design – they both were submitted to the National NSP office for committee consideration and approval and I am pleased to announce that we have now received approval at NSP of this design. This will now and probably forever be the trademarked logo for the National Bike Patrol “NBP” at NSP. Getting this set up correctly from the start will allow us yeas of continuity with our Brand Recognition and we are very Thankful to NSP for the approval of this design. NSP is in the process of getting the intellectual property rights secured legally to this design bet we have been advised to start using the bike patrol trademark everywhere and on our products. So just as we use the white cross and NSP shield in and on different items and places - we will do the same for the bike patrol with these two design offerings. I am very pleased to have been allowed thru the PNWD to be a part of this process as your representative – Thank You, I am NSP thru and thru and love the identity attachment aspect of this NBP bike design to NSP.
- We also were tasked with producing designs for a patrol jersey and wearables for the NSP Store by the end of January so that we would have items for sale this spring in the NSP Store.
- So now that we had our NBP Shield, and our Bike patrol Cross approved at national, our small sub-committee went to work on the Jersey Design with Primal Wear USA. I had considerable jersey design experience having designed our Hiawatha Bike Patrol Jersey so was easy for me in Photo shop to mockup the new shield and cross designs on Jerseys etc. We have now approved our Jersey designs on committee with Primal mockups and at national and they have now been submitted to Primal USA for production. The Jerseys along with other logo bike clothing will be in the spring NSP Store for purchase by NSP/NBP members. Pricing is yet TBA but thinking the bike Jersey will come in in the $40 to $50 range and comparable to a $70 to $80 Jersey in a retail store. We will have about 8 Bike Clothing Items coming but here are just three of our pieces and designs in a peak preview:
- If you would like to see more of the clothing offerings including loose fit mountain bike jerseys, shirts, arm warmers and a custom rain coat see my email at the bottom and I will send those to you to view as well.
- So not much else happening during the winter as far as Bike patrols in our PNWD Division as we are blanketed with snow and most of us are enjoying serving as ski patrollers during our winter season.
- I will be pressing to get more of our PNWD division bike patrols to register additionally as Bike Patrols with NSP rather than just a summer extension of their ski patrols. Please contact me with any questions to help facilitate more NBP bike patrols with NSP.
- If you are a patrol/area that has summer bike operations, please let us connect.
- Watch for the next issue of the NSP Magazine where you will see the Hiawatha Trail Bike Patrol from PNWD division in a featured article as the National Outstanding Bike Patrol ln the Nation!