It’s that South-by time of year again in Austin and with the great music, speakers and all of the parties comes gridlock and street closures making two-wheeled transportation your best option for quickly navigating your way to the most events. Here’s a few quick pointers to make cycling around the city during a festival easier.
1) If you don’t have a bike, there’s always the new, shiny B-cycles rentable at multiple stations downtown. There’s also a variety of rental options (check out AustinPost’s list here) and SXSW badge holders have access to Tern folders.
2) Accessorize. Lights and lock are required, helmet is a good idea and a bell can be useful for alerting the sea of pedestrians and cars that come with downtown during SX.
3) Keep an eye out for those aforementioned cars and pedestrians, they’re not always looking for you.
4) Stay off the sidewalks. We know, its tempting to take off past the gridlock, but sidewalks can be more dangerous than the bike lanes.
5) Signal, signal and yield. People are everywhere downtown, let them know what you’re doing by signaling and yield to the pedestrians.
6) Try to stick to bike-friendly routes. North to south has Nueces, Speedway through the Capital to Congress and San Jacinto. Keeping a few blocks south of 6th to travel east/west is usually slightly less crowded and there’s an easy bike-path crossing under I-35 by the Convention Center on 4th.
7) Lock up every time you leave your bike. There are a lot more bike racks downtown than in previous years – use them. Watch for no bike parking signs because sometimes they’ll remove your bike.
8) Go slow. No matter your wheels, it’s slow going but biking is still faster than walking or driving. The faster you go the harder it is to dodge the power partier on their cell phone stepping directly in your path.
9) Don’t ride drunk. You CAN still get a ticket for impairment on a bicycle. Plus it’s just not a good idea. Play it safe and take a pedicab instead.
10) Wanna get downtown and walk? Motorcycle parking is always free downtown, if you can find a space and CapMetro has several stops along key SX zones.
Have fun, ride safe and remember, CyclistLaw – we’ve got your back.
There will be an escorted charity ride and party on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at Cowboy Harley-Davidson Austin. Come join Cyclist Law for this special charity event to benefit the Code Green Campaign.
The party will run from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. It is free to attend and family friendly, so come join us for live music, food, a silent auction, and a raffle. There will also be a jumpy house for the kids and a bikini bike wash for the adults to enjoy.
The charity ride:
If you ride, there will be an optional escorted charity ride through the hill country. Registration for the charity ride runs from 9:30-10:30 am, and kickstands go up at 11:00 am. The ride lasts an hour and starts and ends at Cowboy Harley-Davidson Austin. The ride has a $20 registration fee that includes breakfast, lunch, and a goodie bag. If you prefer to pre-register for the ride, you can do so here.
About Code Green Campaign:
The Code Green Campaign seeks to raise awareness about the high rates of mental health issues that first responders must endure, to reduce mental health issues among first responders, to educate first responders about self and peer care, to lobby for change regarding how mental health issues are addressed by first responder agencies, and to help eliminate the stigma that prevents individuals from admitting that they are having problems and asking for help. You can learn more here.
If you would like to help this worthy cause, please consider joining us for the escorted charity ride and party on March 28th. It is sure to be a fun time for the whole family while helping to raise money and bring awareness to this important issue. We hope to see you there!
Motorcyclists and Bicyclists
As personal injury attorneys for bikers and cyclists it is our goal to reduce the number of injuries suffered by our clients so everyone can enjoy what they love most, riding. Here are three tips to hopefully help avoid injuries caused by negligent drivers.
When you are riding behind a car in traffic, make sure you have an “out” if the car stops suddenly. Ride to the side and closest to the shoulder or a clear path out of any sudden movements by the motorists ahead.
When you are approaching an intersection and cars or trucks are turning right, move to the left of the bumper of the vehicles ahead of you and do not move to the right, maintain a safe distance because motorists may not notice you.
Many motorcycle and bicycle collisions could be avoided if other motorists simply saw the cyclist prior to the collision. Watch for drivers making a left hand turn across your path. Left hand turns in violation of a motorcyclists right of way are a leading cause of injury to motorcyclists.
If you have questions, don’t hesitate to call The Shefman Law Group or visit our website for more tips on motorcycle safety: http://www.cyclistlaw.com/motorcycle-accidents/motorcycle-safety/ and or for bicycle safety and laws:http://www.cyclistlaw.com/bicycle-accidents/austin-bicycle-law/
Marc Green is a Human Factors and Visuals Expert. He wrote a very interesting article on THE MOTH EFFECT. So, What is the Moth Effect? The study is worth reading. The summary is captured at the top, indicating despite the Moth Effect riders should employ lights, as many as possible, and preferrably flashing. The article discusses drivers leaving the road and being directed at the subject of their focus fixation.
The author writes, “The likely explanation for the moth effect is imprecision in knowing where the eyes are pointed. In order to perceive a stable world, the brain is constantly monitoring the direction of gaze. It is one of those critical mental operations necessary for survival that operates outside of awareness. If the brain did not know where the eyes were pointed, for example, the world would jump every time we made an eye movement.”
Take a few minutes to read the article. The information is invauable especially for riders at this time of year when days are short and nights are long.