SMART TRIPS (10/26) | "Super Saturday" Choose-Your-Own-Adventure

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Browning Hangar

Austin, TX 78722

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Fall Festival Season is upon us, which means thousands of people descend upon downtown Austin each week for events that inspire, educate, and celebrate our shared culture. The last weekend of October is particularly jam-packed this year, with the Texas Book Festival, Austin Film Festival, and Mexic-Arte's Viva la Vida Parade all taking place on the same day! It promises to be an unforgettable celebration for the whole family, unless you try to find parking....

MAKE IT A SMART TRIP! | Capital Metro, Smart Trips Austin and Councilmember Kathie Tovo invite you (and your whole family) for free coffee & tacos AND the opportunity to choose-your-own-adventure with a free Local Day Pass OR a free Guided Bike Ride downtown from Mueller's Browning Hangar -- so you can spend more time at the festivals and less time circling downtown for parking.

10:00 AM | CHECK-IN | Join us in Mueller's Browning Hangar for free coffee & tacos and to get ready to roll!

10:20 AM | WELCOME FROM COUNCILMEMBER KATHIE TOVO | We're honored to have District 9 Austin City Councilmember Kathie Tovo joining us for our Super Saturday Adventure. She'll be at the Browning Hangar welcoming everyone and will address the crowd before choosing a bike or bus trip downtown. PLUS -- we have prizes for those who come in costume!

10:40 AM | CHOOSE-YOUR-OWN-ADVENTURE | Smart Trips Eastside is offering participants two ways of getting downtown for the festivities:

>>>> Option A: Viva la Bike Train! | Want to bike downtown? We've got your covered! Smart Trips Eastside Ambassadors are leading a ride showcasing some of the best neighborhood bike trails on the Eastside. Join us for an all-ages-all-abilities ride that will wind through Patterson Park, Cherrywood, Rosewood, Boggy Creek Greenbelt Trail, Eastlink Trail, and the Lance Armstrong Bikeway before ending downtown.

** Please bring your own bike & helmet -- tandems, recumbents & e-bikes welcome too! **

** NO BIKE? NO PROBLEM ** Our micromobility partner JUMP will have E-Bikes available for attendees to use at no cost. JUMP riders must be 18 years or older and should have the UBER or JUMP app downloaded on their phone. JUMP representatives will be present to assist those without smartphones. In addition to receiving a free bus pass, a JUMP promo code will be provided for a free return trip.

>>>> Option B: Viva la Transit Adventure! | Prefer to bus downtown? Capital Metro staff are leading a bus trip from Mueller to Congress Avenue so you can catch all the Super Saturday action without breaking a sweat.

10:40 AM | CATCH CAP METRO | 1714 Aldrich/Mueller (Stop #5670) | #10 MetroBus -- every 15 min, 7 days a week! | 10:31am / 10:46am / 11:01am

11:12 AM | SUPER SATURDAY | Both the bike ride and transit adventure will bring participants downtown with plenty of time to spare before Mexic-Arte's Viva la Vida Parade & Festival. Of course, there's plenty more to explore in downtown Austin this weekend, with the Texas Book Festival and Austin Film Festival hosting open-air events on Congress Avenue and the SFC Downtown Farmers Market in full swing at Republic Square Park.

RETURN TRIP | Head back to Mueller whenever you like!

>>>> Biking back? Smart Trips Ambassadors can help you find the best bike route back to Mueller.

>>>> Bussing back? Getting to Mueller by bus is easy (and you can even take your bike back on the bus!)

  1. WALK to 115 7th/Colorado (Stop #6314)
  2. CATCH CAPMETRO | #10 MetroBus | 12:28pm / 12:43pm / 12:58pm / 1:13pm / 1:28pm / 1:43pm / 1:58pm / 2:13pm / 2:28pm / 2:43pm / 2:58pm / 3:13pm / 3:28pm / 3:43pm / 3:58pm... until 11:58pm!


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TEXAS BOOK FESTIVAL is one of the largest and most prestigious literary festivals in the country, the annual Texas Book Festival features 250+ nationally and critically recognized authors, 20+ venues including the State Capitol, 100+ exhibitors, local food trucks, family activities, and countless opportunities to meet authors and fellow book lovers. Founded in 1995 by First Lady Laura Bush, the Festival has hosted thousands of notable and award-winning authors over the years, including Margaret Atwood, Robert Caro, Sandra Cisneros, Salman Rushdie, Cheryl Strayed, Walter Mosley, Molly Shannon, Frank McCourt, Ziggy Marley, Liz Carpenter, Doris Kearns Goodwin, and many, many others.

AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL was founded by Barbara Morgan and Marsha Milam in 1993 to celebrate the art of storytelling through film. Known as the “Writers Festival,” AFF recognizes the writer as the core of the creative process in filmmaking. Diligently seeking strong examples of written and visual storytelling, AFF screens the highest caliber narrative, documentary and animated films. With over 150 regional, national and world premieres each year, AFF features everything from highly anticipated Hollywood fare to breakthrough independent filmmaking.

MEXIC-ARTE'S "VIVA LA VIDA" is Austin’s largest and longest-running Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festival. The festival features a Grand Procession, the Education Pavilion with hands-on art activities and artist demos, and a celebration with traditional foods, local artist and retail booths, a low-rider exhibition, live music and performances throughout the day.

SMART TRIPS AUSTIN is a collaboration between the City of Austin and Capital Metro that aims to reduce single occupant vehicle trips and increase trips taken by foot, bike, bus or shared car. Participants in the University Hills, Windsor Park, Pecan Springs-Springdale, Mueller, Boggy Creek, MLK, MLK-183, Johnston Terrace, Govalle, Holly and East Cesar Chavez neighborhoods who sign-up can order resources like maps, brochures, and special rewards and will be invited to neighborhood walks, social bike rides, and transit adventures through the end of December 2019.

TRANSIT ADVENTURES is a transportation demand management (TDM) program designed to increase transit ridership and reduce parking demand among participants. Capital Metro hosts the program to provide transit training in a risk-free, low-stakes environment for groups of 10 - 40 people and can organize a team-building trip for FREE for your office, neighborhood group, organization, church or school using our transit services. Contact us and let us plan a Transit Adventure for your group!


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