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Fri Feb 21, 2014, 12:25 PM

Four Wheels Bad: Car Loses Austin Rush Hour Race to Bike, Bus, Pedestrian

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It was a simple enough idea. Last Friday, five Austin Post reporters set off across the center of town around 5 p.m. to see how our city's transportation options stack up: just a little more than four miles through rush hour hell.

We avoided the parking lot that was I-35 and the river of cars known as Mopac. No, we were in the mood for a multi-modal race, and we also wanted to test the powers of the new MetroRapid bus. We chose Guadalupe as our race route because it traverses the living, breathing (if not always moving) heart of the city and can be traversed any way you like, short of water travel. And so: 38th and Guadalupe to South Congress and Monroe.

Five travelers, five modes:

* MetroRapid Bus

* Regular Bus

* Car

* Bike

* On Foot

We assumed our pedestrian would come in last. Austin traffic might be horrendous, but thereís no way a not-particularly-athletic person can walk 4.5 miles faster than a car can drive it, right?

Well, you know what they say about assumptions: donít make any when it comes to how bad Austin traffic can be. We'll let the results speak for themselves:

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More at http://www.austinpost.org/article/great-transportation-race-bike-beats-bus-beats-foot-beats-car .

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Reply Four Wheels Bad: Car Loses Austin Rush Hour Race to Bike, Bus, Pedestrian (Original post)
TexasTowelie Feb 2014 OP
flying rabbit Feb 2014 #1
hobbit709 Feb 2014 #2
hobbit709 Feb 2014 #3
TexasTowelie Feb 2014 #4
hobbit709 Feb 2014 #5
TexasTowelie Feb 2014 #7
hobbit709 Feb 2014 #8
TexasTowelie Feb 2014 #6

Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Fri Feb 21, 2014, 05:44 PM

1. This is how you do it. nt

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Fri Feb 21, 2014, 06:34 PM

2. I won't even go by that route in non rush hour.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Tue Feb 25, 2014, 07:53 PM

3. I was at 38th and Lamar at 5:30 today

I got home at 6:05 and I live south of Stassney and S. 1st. But I didn't try to get down Guadaloupe and Congress.

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Response to hobbit709 (Reply #3)

Tue Feb 25, 2014, 08:01 PM

4. That is still a long time though considering that is only about eight miles or so.

I hate rush hour in Austin.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Reply #4)

Tue Feb 25, 2014, 08:36 PM

5. That's twice the distance in half the time.

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Response to hobbit709 (Reply #5)

Tue Feb 25, 2014, 08:42 PM

7. But if you had rode your bike you would have been in Kyle instead...

...as if there was a special reason to go to Kyle.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Reply #7)

Tue Feb 25, 2014, 09:18 PM

8. If I was on a bike I'd be in the ER

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