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A new website is available to help Austin cyclists get around, but this one doesn't include the usual bike routes or repair station icons. Instead, Austin Bike Buddy is all about connecting new riders with experienced riders, to make the transition to bike commuting easier.
The website is easy to use, allowing anyone to sign up as a new or experienced bicycle commuter in just a couple of minutes. With an interactive map, users will be able to visually see where other cyclists are starting and ending their trips. The website also makes it easy to connect with other registered users in order to coordinate a ride together.
“Many Austin commuters are interested in cycling, but concerned about the safety of riding to work,” Council Member Chris Riley said. “We also have many experienced bike commuters who are ready to help others discover how safe and enjoyable riding to work can be. This website offers a bridge between those two groups, enabling anyone to feel more comfortable by riding in with an experienced commuter who can suggest good routes, address questions about equipment and clothing needed, and provide guidance about the rules of the road.”
We all know that meeting new people and developing a sense of community are two of the best parts of riding our bikes, and this website is designed to help forge those connections. But hurry-- the website is only live during Bike Month (May), so take advantage of this trial run while you can!