Here in Austin, we love bats. We also love bicycles – and our reputation for weirdness.
So it makes perfect sense that downtown cyclists can lock their bikes against bat-shaped racks outside the Austin Convention Center at 500 E. Cesar Chavez Street.
The racks are a nod to the Mexican free-tailed bats that live underneath the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge each summer.
About 750,000 bats begin migrating to Austin from central Mexico each March, setting up shop in the crevices beneath the bridge. By June, the size of the colony roughly doubles, as the females give birth to pups.