This summer’s pandemic-altered traffic configuration in downtown Hyannis has led the village Fire Department to adapt, too.
And for now, at least, two wheels could be better than eight to ensure rapid emergency response in the downtown area.
Last week, the department initiated bicycle patrols on Main, North and South streets and on Ocean Street near the harbor. Wearing bright, highly visible yellow shirts, the two-person team can respond to medical and other emergencies quicker and more nimbly, especially during peak periods and weekends.
“There was always a thought of establishing one (a bike unit) for high-traffic areas of Hyannis, but COVID-19 really highlighted the need,” Hyannis fire Capt. David Webb said.
One lane on Main Street in Hyannis has been closed to traffic this summer to accommodate social distancing and provide additional space for restaurants and small businesses to offer services outside.