Average gas prices in Austin topped $4 for the first time in history last week — compared to last year’s average price of ~$2.70 per gallon, that’s a 55% increase.
Unfortunately, those prices likely aren’t going down any time soon. A recent report predicts prices could increase by as much as 30% by August, putting the national average at $6.20.
Are these prices getting you down? Us, too. That’s why we put together four ways to be fuel frugal in Austin.
Get stepping 👟
Austin is rated as the 30th most walkable large city in the US on Walk Score. And some neighborhoods — including downtown, East Cesar Chavez, and around the UT campus — are classified as “walker’s paradises,” which means it’s time to break out your walking shoes. Ditch the drive and head to a nearby trail.
Break out the bikes 🚲
Enjoy pedaling down the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail, which runs a 10-mile loop from Barton Springs to East Austin. Need a bike? Stop by Mellow Johnny’s at 400 Nueces St. or Cycleast at 1619 E. Cesar Chavez St.
Public transit is legit 🚍
Get creative with your commute ⛽️
Hunt down the best gas prices by using an app like GasBuddy or Google Maps. Split the bill by starting a carpool with your coworkers + get the perks of riding in the HOV (High Occupancy Vehicle) lanes.
Where have you spotted the cheapest gas? Share your tips with us.