Yakima Partners with Portland Police Bureau for New Bike Carriers

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Beaverton-based vehicle rack company provides new SwingDaddy hitch bicycle racks for eight patrol vehicles

Beaverton, OR – March 10, 2014 – Yakima Products, Inc., the innovation leader in vehicle racks and cargo solutions, has donated eight SwingDaddy bicycle racks to the Portland Police Bureau. The racks, which can carry up to four bikes, will be distributed throughout the Bureau, including Portland’s three major precincts and the Transit Police Division, for installation on patrol vehicles. The Bureau plans to use them for transporting police bikes for special city and community events and crowd control situations.

“The Portland Police Bureau is a longtime fan of Yakima, which is a fantastic local company and community partner,” said Officer Todd Engstrom, who is also a Portland Police Bureau bike and mechanic instructor. “The SwingDaddy is the perfect bike rack for our patrol vehicles, thanks to its robust design and great carrying capacity, plus its ability to swing away from the vehicle for access to the rear hatch – a key requirement for us. We’re excited to enhance our patrol vehicles and bike program with the new SwingDaddy and we are very grateful to Yakima for this partnership and donation,” said Engstrom.

“We are happy to support the Portland Police Bureau and its bike program,” said Summer Henderson, Global Marketing Manager at Yakima. “The SwingDaddy will definitely make at least one aspect of an officer’s life easier, and we look forward to seeing them on patrol vehicles around town.” The SwingDaddy features one-touch SwingAway™ technology that allows easy rear-of-vehicle access, even when fully loaded with bikes. Other key features include an integrated SpeedKnob™ that provides tool-free installation and zero-hassle ZipStrips™ that secure the bike to the carrier. The fully integrated security system locks the bike to rack and rack to vehicle.

The SwingDaddy retails for $399 and is available at www.yakima.com and retailers nationwide.

About Yakima

Celebrating its 35thanniversary in 2014, Yakima Products, Inc. is a world leader in vehicle racks and cargo solutions for a variety of consumers, from outdoor enthusiasts to car aficionados. The portfolios of brands include: Yakima, Whispbar and Prorack.

Each of the individual brands offer a variety of cargo management products including racks for bikes, boats, ski equipment and other gear, cargo boxes and bags and high performance multi-sport trailers.

The Yakima Products, Inc. global headquarters is in Beaverton, Oregon. For more information, visit www.yakima.com