AUSTIN – An Austin Police Commander told KVUE News Friday evening he’s surprised at how many people are actually using the city’s hike and bike trails overnight.
“A little surprised at the number of people we're seeing overnight. The number of cyclists it seems is only averaging seven and a half per night,” said Commander William Manno with A.P.D.
Austin City Leaders began a pilot program June 1, 2013, a trial period to see what would happen if three of the city’s hike and bike trails were open to bicycles overnight.
From June 1-27, numbers obtained from Austin Police show A.P.D. officers assigned to the overnight trail patrols counted 140 cyclists.
Overnight Park Patrol Officers also found 69 violations of the city’s no camping ordinance.
Another 146 people broke the park curfew ordinance which is 10 p.m.
The biggest number were the number of warnings written, 280.
“It's good that we know because we've never been out here before at night time so it's nice to be able to see who actually using it and for what purpose," added Manno.
The trial period for the overnight trail pilot program runs through September.
Austin Council Members will review the data before making overnight trail access to Butler, Johnson and Shoal Creek trails a permanent thing.