Consider these ideas to detour around SXSW traffic onslaught Friday


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City has dubbed Friday “ATX Detour Day.”

Officials are urging people to seek alternative solutions to cut down on rush-hour traffic this Friday.

Austin’s Transportation Department expects Friday to be one of the worst days to be on the city’s streets and highways because of the influx of visitors for the South by Southwest and spring break. To reduce everyone’s traffic headache, the city recommends adopting these steps for what it has dubbed ATX Detour Day:

RELATED: See the full list of street closures for SXSW

1. How flexible are you? See if your employer will let you work from home or allow flexible work hours so you can avoid traveling during traditional rush hours.

2. Get your boss on board: Companies interested in exploring commuting options for their workers can visit Movability Austin online at movabilityaustin.org or find resources at the Commute Solutions website.

3. Get some exercise: Ride a bike to work or for part of your commute. The city’s B-cycle bike-share program allows you to rent one of about 400 bikes at more than 50 stations around Central Austin.

4. Use public transit: Visit Capital Metro’s online travel planner to figure out your best bus route or MetroRail option.

5. Share your ride: Sign up for a carpool at myCommuteSolutions.com, or try joining a van pool through Cap Metro’s MetroRideShare program if you have a group of five or more.



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