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  1. Austin Parks Foundation does not own or manage ANY parks. They support City of Austin Parks (City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department). Here are some links - Travis County - https://parks.traviscountytx.gov/parks (should show a map and park names) City of Austin PARD - http://www.austintexas.gov/page/park-directory (click on the map to see a map of all City Parks. Note that it opens to a small section of Zilker Park and you have zoom and scroll from there.) Austin Parks Foundation - https://austinparks.org/ (Looks like they create and manage parks but they only support parks.) Quoted from Travis County Parks web site - "March 31, 2020 - Easter celebrations are historically a time for families to come together in outdoor parks facilities. However, due to concerns regarding the spread of the COVID-19 virus, ALL Travis County parks are closed from Thursday, April 9, at 8:00 p.m., through the Easter weekend. Some parks may reopen again for limited activities such as, walking, hiking and biking activities on Monday, April 13, 2020 at 8:00 am." Note the wording " ... Travis County Parks ... ". City of Austin Parks web site on closures says nothing about closing over Easter weekend. That may change but for now it looks like the parks that are open now will be open Easter weekend. http://austintexas.gov/page/pard-facilities-closures
  2. I'm pretty sure I have a few years on you. But everyone should decide for themselves what to ride or not ride.
  3. You could do what I did. Contact the local bike shop and ask if they need work. If they are slow - take them that project you have 'been meaning to get to' but have not. If they are busy, tell them to contact you if they need work. I can sit on the project a little longer since it has waited for over a year already.
  4. I had to google "agita". I pushed those same recommendations for years. I thought those were appropriate before the pandemic. Maybe people will pay more attention now. But I am happy to report - Its no longer *MY* problem. After 5 years I have passed on my patient and politically correct hats. I am glad someone has stepped up to wear them.
  5. I was riding Walnut Creek many years ago with one of my buddies. A young guy (early 20's) would blow past us and then stop after a couple of turns kind of blocking the trail. After the two of us pulling over for him and then having to squeeze past him I finally got tired of it. The next time he passed I jumped on his wheel and kept yelling at him "PICK IT UP! PICK IT UP! YOU ARE GOING TOO SLOW! MOVE MOVE MOVE! LETS GO!!!!" I think i might have buzzed his rear wheel when he slowed down. It didn't take long for him to blow up. He finally pulled over red faced, panting and laid over his bars then fell over. I told him "At least you got off the trail this time." He just glared at me while by buddy rode past laughing. We never saw him again. For some reason he didn't pass us. My buddy kept saying "Man that was COOL!" My point is you can get your point across to someone being a jerk without a physical altercation. Do to them what they are doing to you. When they complain about it say 'so you don't like what you were doing to me? Interesting.' At Peddlers Pass, cut the trail so you end up in front of him and make him try to pass you. Call out "on your right" then pass on the left.
  6. Once again The Tip has to lead people (CDC) around by the nose. 😉 Or is that by the mask?
  7. Back to dirt bike experience - when I can't get their attention with "noise" I show them my front wheel just like on a motocross race. Tuck inside them in a turn and make sure your front wheel gets into their line of sight. If they are even slightly awake and paying attention they will know that you are there and trying to pass them "politely". If that doesn't do it I quit being "polite". (I wonder what that means???)
  8. Fred is not human. Please do not compare him to any of us mere humans.
  9. My point was that there are different ways to ride ANY feature. I used the motorcycle videos because there are more examples and they show things more clearly / longer. If some trail or feature does not suit your riding style then pick a different trail or adjust your riding to match the trail you are on. The trail builders and maintainers I know appreciate input from everyone. Because they get input from everyone - they know you can not possibly please everyone. They try but it truly is impossible. Having tried for years I have developed a new saying that I have used when dealing with government folks - " I am now certain that there is NOTHING that can be done or even not done, that will not cause someone to complain." It just is not possible to please everyone. I also miss the old Walnut Creek trails. I wish the big sidewalk had not changed the whole park in many many ways. But because of the big sidewalk we were allowed to build some new trails to replace some that were closed / blocked / eliminated. I think we were successful at building some fun new trails. And still people complain about those new trails. C'est la vie. I hope to see you on the greenbelt trails. I rode those most because they are my favorites too.
  10. They keep posting new article above older articles. Make sure you read down to the one that discusses a rescue during the pandemic. It has implications for ALL of us. Even the people that were not directly involved but were in contact with people who were involved.
  11. I have a weird background that give me a different perspective on things like berms and jumps. I raced motocross, hare scrambles and motorcycle enduro (the real ones that have been called that since the 1960's - ). Berms can be "railed" (follow all or part of the berm) or "bounced" (slide sideways into the berm at any point and bounce off in the new direction). Someone railing a berm can and better carry a LOT of speed or someone like me will take your line by bouncing that berm right in front of you. Or that is what I did in all kinds of races. There are examples of both types of riding a berm at about 2 to 2:15 minutes in that video. Better examples are in the first 15 seconds of this video - The advantage to railing the berm is the speed you could carry even if you only used part of the berm. The advantage to bouncing the berm is you only need a small section of a "berm" to bounce off. Even a rock or a tree can be used to bounce a berm. So when you say the 'berm is in the wrong place' I say you need to ride that spot to use what is there. Isn't the idea is we ride the trail conditions that exist? Not change the trail to what ---> I <---- want? Since many riders want different things existing trails quickly get "improved" to where they look like dirt sidewalks as each tries to make the trail match their personal desires.
  12. Some people are just like to argue. Let them argue with another person who like to argue. While they are busy I can do useful things. Like get leaves off the trail.
  13. I rode Walnut for the first time in about a year. But since I had not ridden since before Thanksgiving - I was slow and weak and stopped a lot. But I LIKE those new features! People can ride them if they want or go around them. I hope most people ride them since they are all 'rollable'. You don't have to jump them - you can just roll over the tops.
  14. OH BS AustinBike. You are one of the people that post good info and back it up. Keep that crap up and you will be banned from the internet. Don't you know "It can't be on the internet if its true"? (Everbody as a topy now and than.)
  15. I added the *NOT* to the above statement. I suspect that is what was intended. Otherwise, there would be a 'timeout' for posting correct information. As far as today's "news media", I trust VERY little of it. I end up flipping back and forth between CNN and Fox. I am STUNNED at how the same story is presented in such different ways.
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