GameAbove gifts two new e-bikes to Eastern Michigan University’s Department of Public Safety

E-bikes will advance overall campus safety and engagement

Pictured with the new e-bikes are, from left to right, Sergeant Joe Torres, Chief Matthew Lige, Lieutenant Diana Young, Officer Andrea Elliott and Khalid Walton.
Pictured here from left to right, Sergeant Joe Torres, Chief Matthew Lige, Lieutenant Diana Young, Officer Andrea Elliott, and Khalid Walton from GameAbove.

YPSILANTI – Eastern Michigan University’s Department of Public Safety is welcoming the addition of two new e-bikes to help improve campus safety thanks to a gift from GameAbove, a team of EMU alumni.

GameAbove logoIn addition to improving campus safety, e-bikes are environmentally friendly. The new e-bikes are manufactured by Recon Power Bikes, recognized as a leader in law enforcement e-bikes. Its all-terrain e-bikes use heavy-duty frames and quality components and are used by law enforcement at the federal, state, and local levels, including the FBI. 

“EMU PD is proud to partner with GameAbove to utilize e-bike technology on campus,” said Matthew Lige, EMU executive director of public safety and chief of police. “The e-bikes will improve our ability to get to buildings and situations with increased efficiency. Having EMU PD officers on bikes is a great opportunity to engage students and staff in a positive circumstance.”

EMU PD officer riding a new e-bike
EMU’s Department of Public Safety will use the environmentally-friendly e-bikes during move-in, sporting events, and general patrol to improve campus safety.

EMU’s Department of Public Safety will use the e-bikes and pedal bikes during move-in, sporting events, and general patrol.

“The safety of the EMU community is important to us at GameAbove,” said Khalid Walton, advisory board member of GameAbove. “The new e-bikes are a great example of EMU stepping into the next evolution of campus mobility and security.”

This gift represents the latest in a series of ongoing gifts and support to the University from GameAbove. Since its launch in 2019, GameAbove has committed more than $30 million to EMU and the Ypsilanti community, supporting or creating programs that spark innovation and academic advancement. Those programs include enhancing faculty enrichment, supplying financial aid to students, and building and improving new facilities that advance student-athlete achievements at EMU. 

 “I'm excited about this collaboration and look forward to the interactions with our Eagle family,” said Lige.

GameAbove also supports programs to encourage STEM learning in school-aged children and partners with nationally recognized organizations that enable youth to explore an education and career path in STEM.

About GameAbove
GameAbove at EMU's primary focus is to help shape, inspire and support the current and future students at Eastern Michigan University by reaching new heights in learning through transformation and inspiration in the educational experience. GameAbove aspires to help improve the higher education experience by exploring and supporting innovative financial models to sustain universities, enhancing the campus environment, elevating athletics, promoting pioneering academic programs, and creative giving within the community. To learn more, visit www.gameabove.com.

About Eastern Michigan University
Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest public university in Michigan. It currently serves more than 15,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In all, more than 300 majors, minors and concentrations are delivered through the University's Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Engineering and Technology; Health and Human Services; and its graduate school. National publications regularly recognize EMU for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University's website. To stay up to date on University news, activities and announcements, visit EMU Today.

August 24, 2022

Written by:
Brittany Mobley

Contact:
Brittany Mobley
bmobley1@emich.edu
734-487-4402