B-Cycle: Austin's bikeshare system:
Check out a bike from any of several stations around town, and
return it to any other station.
Peer-to-peer bike rental system. (Rent directly from
owners, rent directly to riders.) Find nearby bikes with
their mobile app.
- Bike shops that rent bikes:
Taking your bike on the
buses have bike racks on the front which hold multiple bikes.
This can greatly increase your mobility. Now you don't have to
worry about getting a flat tire, getting caught in the rain, or
running out of energy -- if any of that happens, just take the
bus home (and take your bike with you)!
Most of the city buses have bike racks on front. The
schedule booklet clearly indicates which of the few routes
don't serve cyclists. You can also check on bike rack
availability for your route by calling Capital
Metro at 474-1200.
Also, note that even if your bus accepts bikes, if the rack
on the front is already filled with bikes, you'll have to wait
for the next bus. (Fortunately, the racks are rarely full.)
Bus fares. Buses
are free if you're a UT student or if it's an Ozone Action day
(see below). Otherwise it's $1 for a single-ride, or $2 for a
Days. On days when the amount of
ground-level ozone is particularly high, they're declared
"Ozone Action Days" (OADs) and you can ride the bus for free.
Also, as James Burnside notes, "The City does not run its lawn
crews [on OADs] and advises all city employees to fill city
vehicles late in the afternoon. Other than that it's business
as usual. (sigh)"
You can check whether today is an OAD at the TNRCC
website. Also, you can get
Capital Metro's mailing list or the Clean
Force's mailing list and they'll let you know when it's
HIKE & BIKE TRAILS
Austin has several miles of hike & bike trails.
BicycleAustin.info generally doesn't cover mountain
biking issues, but here are a couple of resources we have:
* Here's a link to the Austin
Riders web site.
* Here's Jim Summers' review of some
local (Austin) trails.
We include taxi rates because many of our visitors are
committed to not owning a car (or are working toward that
goal). Taxis can fill in the gaps when you can't ride because
you're not feeling well or the weather is poor. Taking
a taxi infrequently is a LOT cheaper than owning and
maintaining a car, and if being able to rely on a taxi
on occasion enables you to live otherwise car-free, then so
much the better.
The City of Austin regulates taxicab rates. These rates apply
to all taxicab companies and all drivers. The current meter
rate (as of Nov. 2012) is $2.50 for the first 1/6th mile,
$2.40 for each additional mile, 48¢ per minute waiting time,
plus $1 per person for trips from 9pm to 4am (KXAN),
and $1 extra for trips to/from the airport.
Besides the nightly surcharge, there is no additional charge
for extra passengers. As many as four passengers may
ride for the price of one.
452-9999 American Yellow Checker Cab
478-2222 Austin Cab
472-1111 Yellow Checker Cab
has a fleet of cars all over the city that you can rent by the
minute. Use an app or their website to find a car
close to you, press your access card against the card reader on
the windshield to unlock it, then get in and go. Current
rates are $35 to sign up and 38¢ per minute (max $14/hr or
$73/day), plus tax.