Best way to get to ACL? By bicycle, of course!

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Two lighted lots will be available for bike parking at this year’s ACL Fest. Alberto Martinez/Statesman Staff

The best way to travel to and from ACL Fest? Bicycle, of course.

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Remember to bring a bike lock to park your bike at ACL.

Two giant, lighted areas have been set aside for bike parking – one on the southeast side of the festival, off of Barton Springs Road, and the other on the northwest side of the park, near Stratford Drive. Bring your own lock and remember that bikes will be removed the Monday after the festival each weekend.

Folks from Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop folks will be on hand offering advice and selling locks, lights, tubes and other emergency gear.

The most bike friendly routes to the park are via the Butler hike and bike trail on either the north or south side of Lady Bird Lake.

That’s not the only bike parking, though. For the first time this year, Spinlister, an online site that fosters peer-to-peer bike rentals, is hosting free valet bike parking across the street from Uncle Billy’s Bar and Restaurant, 1603 Barton Springs Road. Cyclists attending the fest can drop off their bike and Spinlister will park and guard it in a secure, fenced lot. They’ll even have a separate indoor garage where they’ll park high-dollar bikes and bikes that have been listed on Spinlister.

Don’t have a bike of your own? B-cycle, the city’s bike share system, is offering special deals during ACL Fest. Customers can buy 24-hour access to the bikes for $8 or a special ACL 3-Day B-cycle access pass for $19.99 at All passes include unlimited 30-minute trips. If you keep a B-cycle undocked for more than 30 minutes, you’ll be charged an additional fee of $4 for each half-hour.

To make those check-ins easy, B-cycle will offer a special B-cycle valet at the Zilker Park B-station near the south festival entrance on Barton Springs Road. Customers can pick up a B-cycle from any of the 44 stations around Austin and check it in at the B-cycle valet. Locations and B-cycle availability can be found in real time with the free “B-cycle” app mobile app for iPhone and Android. The B-cycle valet will operate from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. each day of ACL Fest.


Upscale gym Spark opens in downtown Austin

Spark, an upscale fitness center, has opened near Cesar Chavez and Lamar Boulevard.

A new upscale fitness club with everything from a tricked-out spinning room to its own full-service bar has opened in downtown Austin.

Spark Fitness Club, at 111 Sandra Muraida Way, features a spinning room with high-end Body Bikes and a lighting and sound system. It also has private parking for members, eucalyptus steam rooms and an onsite coffee, smoothie and full-service bar called “Black Dog Bar.” (The bar hasn’t quite opened yet, but is set to open its doors in October.)

The 14,000-square-foot facility is located next to the new Luxury Gables Park Tower building and Luke’s Locker, near Lamar Boulevard and Lady Bird Lake. It offers specialized groups called Team Weight Loss, Team Performance and Team Elite, plus an array of fitness classes.


Owner Dan Yudin co-founded what is now Pure Austin in 2000. He sold his interest in that gym in 2007.

“With Spark I wanted to create an upscale and inspirational environment where people could accomplish their fitness goals that also included a social setting that makes Spark more than a gym,” Yudin said in a press release. “It is a downtown destination.”

The press release even noted that Brad Womack from the reality show “The Bachelor” has even dropped by for a visit. Seriously.