AUSTIN (KXAN) - The Austin City Council delayed a vote Thursday to end a pilot program that set up 24/7 cycling on certain trails with officers to patrol them.
The action was delayed until next month
If the council finally decides to end this test run, a curfew would be in place not only for pedestrians, but for cyclists too. The curfew would be from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.
The 24/7 Patrol Pilot Program started in June and is supposed to last until the end of September. It put officers on patrol overnight on the Hike and Bike Trail around Lady Bird Lake, the Shoal Creek Greenbelt Trail and Johnson Creek Greenbelt Trail.
It also allowed cycling during those late night and early morning hours. The four-month project cost $350,000 in overtime for officers. KXAN reported earlier this month city council decided to cut funding for APD to police the trail 24/7.
An officer who patrols the trails late at night thinks it opens the door for crime to return.
"People are going to get away with whatever they think they can get away with," Officer Joseph Lorett said. "The biggest thing, I think, will be breaking into cars - vehicle burglaries. They're going to take whatever they can get."
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