In Austin, the cabs are far and few between, and when they do come by they are usually full. So how does one get 8 blocks in a matter of minutes to make a panel at one of this year’s many satellite locations - in the rain? By rickshaw of course.
Austin resident Tom Schneider, 25, makes a full-time living off of peddling people around downtown Austin. He says that when large events like SXSW are not in town, most of his customers are bar hoppers, looking to get from one bar to another, and he makes a decent living doing it. However, with the rain this year, he has seen at least a 50% drop off in riders, despite the convenient rain cover. Personally, I found the trip to be quite efficient. It got me to 8 blocks in under 4 minutes. — Jeremy Zilar