cabs? haha. Cabs do exist in Texas cities but it's not exactly a common form of transportation. You can stay at my apartment; I plan on going to the free parts of SXSW.
If you walk 10 minutes from my apmt, you reach Congress and there is a free bus that you can take (downtown austin has a few free bus routes for specific buses known as Dillos). Heck walking to and from my apartment and downtown only takes 45 minutes. Buses are a buck a day and run for 21hours of the day.
Biking is big in Austin (way bigger than in all of Texas), and there are fixies galore. for example, my work is next door to two bike shops, and I pass by two more bike shops on my short 2-mile commute.
My apartment is a mile from downtown. From my place it is straight downhill for the entire mile. Central downtown is pretty flat but rises are on the outskirts. The biggest streets where you find the 'hip' cyclists (read: fixed gear riders) are Lamar, downtown, and the drag (Guadalupe). These streets are flat and long so you can cruise them for a long time.
you gotta remember that this is prime Hill Country. Hills still kick my ass here or there. I'm from flat Houston and moved to Austin in December.
Bringing your bike is a good idea because I'm sure bike-related events will be happening. Probably Frankenbike www.frankenbike.org
Last edited by Ready to Ruck; 02-03-06 at 08:12 PM.