Victoria council to hear report on hike-and-bike trail safety

Sonny Long

Dec. 4, 2011 at 6:04 a.m.

Safety on Victoria's Lone Tree Hike and Bike Trail will be one topic of discussion Tuesday at the Victoria City Council meeting.

A rape was reported along the trail in early November.

Sketches of two suspects were released, but no arrests have been made, and the case is still under investigation.

"Our detectives are actively working the case and following up on leads," said Victoria Police Chief JJ Craig.

Craig is expected to report to the council his department's efforts to increase and improve safety along the trail, both short-term and long-term.

"We've already increased patrols along the trails and in the neighborhoods. This is giving us greater visibility and greater flexibility," Craig said, noting both bicycle patrols and ATV patrols have been added.

The police chief said patrolling the hike and bike trail has also become a regular assignment for the department's canine unit.

Craig said additional details and other changes will be announced as part of his report to the city council.

District 2 City Councilman Gabriel Soliz requested the analysis of the safety issues along the hike and bike trail and is pleased the police chief has responded in a prompt manner.

"I am looking forward to what he will have to say," Soliz said. "The father of the victim came to me about updating the security out there. That's why I asked for a comprehensive report about what can be done, not only patrol, but possibly adjusting city ordinances that could apply.

"I am also especially interested in what the chief will have to say about emergency call boxes along the trail."

Soliz encouraged residents to continue to use the trail, but also to be aware of their surroundings. He said residents in the area, too, are asked to have a better sense of awareness about activity along the trail.



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