Just on the heels of “The Old Give and Take”, here I am talking about traffic in the city of Austin. Yes, I did give up some quiet, low traffic roads for what we have here in Austin….but the fact that I’m right now riding in October with warm temperatures is enough to make me super happy. Plus, it’s all about adventure anyway, right?
But seriously….is it just me or have the streets of Austin become insanely busier over the past few years? For some reason, I don’t remember them being quite like this in the past.
One thing that I have always complimented the Austin infrastructure on is how well the traffic flows. Sure, the red lights seem to last for hours…but once you get a green, you’re good to go for a very long time. What happened? It doesn’t seem to flow that well any longer.
There really is no avoiding it in a car, but I have been looking into ways to minimize it while on my bike. When I ride, I like to go non-stop….I’m not a fan of having to stop for traffic, lights, or anything else. I did a 3 hour ride last week, and with all the stops I had to make it ended up being a 3:20 ride…..crazy. So as often as I can, I’m going to find me some good old country roads where I can be free to pedal on forever. Hey all you Austin riders…..any advice? Can you steer me in the right direction for good non-traffic rides?
Sure I’ll continue on with the usual bike routes around here (incredible cycling, even with the stops), but I’ll also be searching out some quieter spots as often as I can.