A (Mostly) Car-Free Festival: Austin City Limits

All modes of transportation were out in force during the two weekends of the Austin City Limits Music Festival, October 3-5 and 10-12 at Zilker Park. With approximately 75,000 attendees every day, and nearby parking limited and expensive, festival attendees were motivated to take the bus, ride a bike, carpool, catch a taxi (or Uber or Lyft) or just use their own two feet to get to Zilker Park.

The 803 MetroRapid line was a popular choice for the festival, especially among UT students coming from campus. For those coming from other parts of the city, a free ACL shuttle from Republic Square Park offered a great last-mile connection. Austin B-Cycle had all hands on deck to provide bikes across town. Many attendees also brought their own bikes; check out the picture below of the field of bike parking at Zilker Park!

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As a festival co-sponsor, Uber was offering a free ride promotion (up to $30) for revelers to try out their service. (Read more about Uber in today’s update.) The car-free fun really starts once you’re inside the festival: eight stages, local food carts, art and craft vendors, and a beer garden are all within an easy walk within Zilker Park. The Austin City Limits Festival is a great example of how the many options available in Austin can efficiently move a large number of people around – even on average days.

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