The 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.
Alex shows us how to get to the bike-friendly Shoal Creek Blvd. from around the city (and get some treats on the way!)
“Both my brother and my sister live north, pretty close to Mopac. Fortunately, Shoal Creek Blvd. is a really friendly road to ride, since it’s got easy curves, gentle rolling hills, and a bike lane complemented by a wide shoulder. However, getting to Shoal Creek can be tricky sometimes.
I live on the east side, so the best way for me is to take Manor until it joins/becomes Dean Keaton, hang a right on San Jacinto and continue on Duval. I like to take a left on E 43rd and head over to Speedway.
This is also good because you can stop at Antonelli’s for a little cheese if you’re going to a dinner or cocktail party; nobody likes to arrive empty-handed.
I’ll take Speedway to 46th, take a left, and then turn right on Guadalupe. After that I’ll turn left on North Loop, which has a decent bike lane after North Lamar. North Loop ends at Hancock, but after a slight right a quick right puts me on Shoal Creek, and after that it’s easy street.
Coming from central or south I’d take the Pfluger footbridge across the lake, head up Rio Grande through West Campus to 27th, hang right, and it’ll dead end at Speedway, take a left and follow the above route.
If I’m coming from the west (e.g., Tarrytown), I’ll build up steam on Exposition to get to Westover, take a right and follow that under Mopac.
Take a left at the stop sign at Jefferson, and ride that to 34th and hang a right. As you come to the point where 35th and 34th meet, there’s an entrance to the Hike and Bike Trail, jump on it, and head north under 34th-38th streets. This will drop you off at the beginning of Shoal Creek. You’ve got to tackle a small hill, but after that, it’s easy riding.”