Show Us How You Wiggle

We all create favored paths to repeat destinations, which become so routine to us we don’t think twice as we go along. These routes often help us avoid scary intersections, high-traffic streets, or killer hills in favor of something more pleasant and user-friendly. The idea of the “Wiggle” began in San Francisco where cyclists share a famous winding route for getting through the hilly divide. While Austin doesn’t face the same magnitude of “hills,” we thought we’d tap into the local scene for some trip-tips from Austin cyclers to share with our readers.

Sarah shares her wiggles:

 On campus: There’s a giant hill on E 21st and E24th St on the UT campus. To avoid the steep incline, coming from south of campus I go up Red River, turn left onto MLK and then right onto Brazos St, which leads to Speedway. There’s still a hill but definitely not quite so steep and painful.

From central east to Mueller area: When I lived on Tillery, rather than taking the obvious Airport I go up Pleasant Valley to Chestnut to Cherrywood and then cut across the intersection at Mueller (which technically you’re not allowed to do in the lane, I use the cross walk). From where I live now I go straight up Chicon, right on Manor Road, and then back to Cherrywood. This route is a little less hilly than the Pleasant Valley route too. 

 

We want to hear how you wiggle! Comment below or email us your wiggle at Lauren@MovabilityAustin.org. 

 

3 Responses to Show Us How You Wiggle

  1. Kim says:

    Wiggling, I like that term! It has taken me 2 years to figure out which way to wiggle to work. I work on 360 in Westlake near the High School and I live near 45th street & Mopac. If I don’t have breakfast with me, I must stop by Rudy’s for as breakfast taco, so I go straight up the mopac access road. If I have breaky w me, I turn on Liberty Park just past Bee Caves, then left on Regents and right on Thousand Oaks, Right on Warlsh Tarlton, then left on Pinnacle. What i have learned is I rarely take Rollingwood, it is way too steep, especially for my cross bike turned touring/commuter bike.

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