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Special Interest Vehicle Recognition Program

Cultivating responsible special interest vehicle club activities and events that promote the City’s cultural heritage and cultural tourism industry.

Recognition Accessories

City Council, Cultural Services, and APD staff have identified the following set of accessories that recognized solo riders and clubs could furnish upon the approval of their application.

  • Stickers (Complementary): This would be distributed to every registered Special Interest Vehicle solo rider and club to be placed on their vehicles.
  • Toppers (Optional): After being recognized, solo riders and clubs will have the option to be directly connected with a local third-party vendor to purchase one or a collection of toppers to place on their vehicles after being recognized.
  • Patch (Optional): Recognized solo riders and clubs will have the option to purchase a patch or collection of patches to put on their jackets. This should cost around $5 to produce and should also be sent to a local third-party vendor.

Recognition Benefits

  • Official listed in City of Albuquerque Registry for Special Interest Vehicle Solo Operators or Clubs.
  • Advance notice to register for Route 66 Summerfest’s Old Route 66 Car Show in Nob Hill.
  • Exclusive invitation to annual City of Albuquerque celebration of Special Interest Vehicles and Clubs.

Learn more and apply to the Special Interest Vehicle Recognition Program.

Duke City Leadership Lowrider Bike Club

The Albuquerque Youth Leadership Lowrider Bike Club is an at-risk, culturally-competent high school afterschool program offered by the City of Albuquerque's Family and Community Services Department, Esperanza Bike Club, and City Council Office. The program involves volunteers and mentors from the City's Police Department, Fire Department, Community Safety Department, and the community at large.

Get involved with the Duke City Leadership Lowrider Bike Club

Albuquerque Police Department Youth Leadership Lowrider

APD also held a contest open to local students to create a design to be painted on the vehicle’s hood. Winners of this contest were provided scholarships for school as well as local recognition. While this initiative involved using $30,000 from APD’s Neighborhood Policing budget, local businesses donated over $60,000 worth of materials and operational support in order to make this a reality. Upgrades to the police vehicle include everything from hydraulics to bodywork and artwork. APD is using this community oriented approach to be able to use their vehicles as a tool for building relationships between the lowrider community and law enforcement, while also providing mentorship opportunities for local youth.

Learn more about the APD Youth Leadership Lowrider