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.
Joseph shares his wiggle: My wiggle adds some distance to my commute, but the result is way more chill, and I hardly see traffic! I ride to work from Rundberg at I-35 to West Howard at MoPac. I wiggle through the Windsor Hills, Eubank Acres, and Gracywoods neighborhoods to avoid Braker and Rundberg Lanes, and use the the Lamplight Village neighborhood to get from Metric Boulevard through Parmer Lane and to Scofield Ridge Parkway. In spots where a wiggle is too tricky, I ride sidewalks where they exist and assertively take the lane when there is no sidewalk. [Click here to view a map of Joseph’s intricately detailed wiggle.]