Richard Bagdonas is an Austin-based entrepreneur, and he knows his city. So his guide to getting around the Texan capital during SXSW is probably worth your time if you are coming from out of town:
Having lived just south of the downtown skyscrapers for a decade, I can tell you that driving during SXSWi is a cluster of epic proportions. The other reason that driving is tough is because the city of Austin always decides to close lanes on roads leading into downtown because it is the time of year that directly follows heavy rains and bitter cold: two things that wreak havoc on asphalt, pipes, electrical lines, etc.
Add to that the numerous rental cars and buses (or what we politely refer to as “rolling detours”) and you have the makings for one heck of a standstill on all major roads.
My best advice is to ditch vehicle transportation all together. No bus, taxi, Uber, Lyft or anything over 150cc.
I still think B-Cycle is your best option with a dash of walking at either side of the journey, but if you;ve got any tips, let everyone know in the comments.