City’s new cruising task force holding public meeting Thursday

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The city’s new cruising task force is inviting the public to voice their concerns and ideas.

They’re getting ready to present their recommendations to the city council in the coming weeks.

Task force members say they’re optimistic they’ll revamp the cruising culture in Albuquerque. 

“The progress has been immense, truly it’s been a godsend,” said task force member, Lorenzo Otero, 

The city council passed the bill creating a 10-person cruising task force in December. 

It was sponsored by councilors Klarissa Pena, a cruiser herself, and Issac Benton. 

The idea was to find common ground among the cruising community and those upset about loud engine revving, traffic back-ups and irresponsible stunts on streets, mostly Central Avenue. 

Now, it’s members, made up of business owners, car club representatives and the city staff have been meeting over some of the issues surround cruising.

They’re working to come up with ways the city can promote responsible cruising. 

Otero says the biggest progress has been in identifying the issue.

“So far, it’s kind of been a beautiful thing. It’s come to the realization that it’s not necessarily the cruisers that are causing the ruckus but us as a whole we will come together and listen to make it happen,” Otero said. 

He says they’ve been able to connect with those in the truck and motorcycle community as well and he thinks breaking down the communication barriers is helping and they’re getting on board too. 

Thursday night, the task force will go over more of their findings so far but they also want to hear from the public on what issues they want to be addressed.

They’ll take their recommendations to improve the cruising culture in Albuquerque to the city council next month.

The public meeting is at 6 p.m. Brazos Room in the Albuquerque Convention Center. 
 

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