I first saw police using bicycles a couple years ago here in Seattle and thought - those bike-cops are creative. Recently, I saw the police using bikes on beat - all raise their bikes, all push crowd, place bikes on road, police line advances. There were so many bikes in evidence that they have to have been issued as a tool. This is not necessarily a complaint - hell bikes for crowd control is better than water cannons, billy clubs, mace, tear gas, guns or just about any other tool I have seen.

So, does any other city police force use bikes in a similar way? Anyone else seen something like this? Do you think this is a good/bad idea?