ACA March Meeting - APD Annual Meeting with the Cycling Community
Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo's annual public forum with cyclists
returns for a fourth year on March 5.
Chief Acevedo has more than two decades of law enforcement experience and a long history of community outreach, and the cycling community has benefited from this commitment to coalition building.
Soon after Chief Acevedo arrived in Austin, he agreed to take part in a public forum in which he would answer for issues, real and perceived, between cyclists and the police department. All topics were open for discussion, including ticket stings, untrained patrol officers and response at crash sites. The first forum, in 2009, was a watershed in relations with the APD, and the following annual events have proved to be the public catalyst for implementing a variety of initiatives.
The 2012 forum format will be changing to reflect the community partnership as it stands today. It will begin with a meet-and-greet social time before the formal presentation. APD will present updates on several projects including statistics of interest, bike registration program, bike light giveaways and ticket remediation classes. The question and answer portion will follow.
Chat With the Chief
What: Annual APD public forum with the cycling community
When: 6:30-8:30 p.m. March 5
Where: Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop, 400 Nueces St.
Light appetizers and drinks will be served