Show Us How You Wiggle!

richardThe idea of the “Wiggle” began in San Francisco where cyclists share a famous winding route for getting through the hilly divide. We also 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.

Richard shares his wiggle, with some pro tips for cooling off on hot summer days:  At age 60, I’ve learned to stay safe and healthy in Texas summer heat by getting wet and keeping that core body temperature down. If you’re one of the many East Austin cyclists I see on my daily commute, take advantage of the following routes – they’re worth a few blocks detour.

My daily commute takes me up and down the hill on Comal between 11th and 7th Streets. In the summer, I prefer to ride through the State Cemetery, which is a gentler, shadier, and more picturesque climb. The best part is on many afternoons, especially during the dry summers, the sprinklers are shooting out refreshing cool water! They rotate, but if you time your ride, you can ride through 5 or 6 sprinkler showers!

Another refreshing ride is at Chestnut Pocket Park (at 2207 E. 16th St. at Chestnut), which has a water fountain play scape for the kids. You can’t ride through it, but you can get off and cavort with the kids until you are comfortably drenched, and then pedal off to your final destination!

Still struggling with how to get from A to B? Here’s a website that can help you find a safe wiggle that works for you and our wiggle series here for tips from our followers.

Let us know how YOU wiggle! Comment below or email us your wiggle at Lauren@MovabilityAustin.org.

One Response to Show Us How You Wiggle!

  1. Dave Sullivan says:

    My wiggle: Headed west on W12th at Lamar, one faces a steep hill to climb on a relatively narrow road where you can’t serpentine. Although Lamar carries a lot of motor vehicle traffic, there are gaps in the traffic and I am usually able to turn right on Lamar, then left onto Parkway, then left onto Castle Hill back to W12th with most of the steep hill out of the way.