acl_signIt’s that time again in Austin! The Austin City Limits Music Festival is a time of great music, fun, and merriment for the city. ACL also brings street closures and traffic congestion. This means that often your best option for getting there is cycling. Follow these tips when riding to help make getting to ACL a breeze.

1) The ACL bicycle parking lot is next to the box office on the south side of Barton Springs Road-about as close as you can get! There are also bike racks at each of the festival entrances. Be sure to bring your lock, and don’t park in an unauthorized area.

2) If you’re on a motorcycle, you can park in the ball field parking lot off of Robert E. Lee. Also, motorcycle parking is always free downtown, so if you’d prefer you can park and take the free CapMetro shuttle located in Republic Square on 4th and Guadalupe to the festival.

3) Check your bike over thoroughly before you leave. Make sure that there is air in your tires and that all of the mechanical parts are in good working order. However, if you get there and have a problem, there will be mechanics on site to help with emergency bicycle repairs.

4) Be sure your bike is equipped with lights. It will probably be dark when you leave. Don’t forget your helmet!

5) If you don’t have a bike, or don’t want to bring your best one, you can always rent one from one of the bike shops in town or grab a B-cycle.

6) Be alert and aware. There will be many cars and pedestrians, and they may not always be paying attention to their surroundings as closely as they should. Be sure that you signal and follow all traffic laws as well.

7) Pack wisely. Remember that you may have a lot to carry. You may need to use a rack if you have one or leave some nonessentials at home. Plan ahead so that you are prepared when it’s time to head out!

8) Don’t ride your bike if you’ve been drinking. It’s dangerous, and it IS possible to get an impairment ticket on a bicycle. If you need an alternate lift, there are pedicabs available, or you can use Uber. First time Uber users can use the code ACLFEST for a free first ride up to $30.

A little advance planning can help keep you safe and save you a lot of time and hassle.

Have fun, ride safe and remember, Shefman Law and CyclistLaw – we’ve got your back.

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