Archive for June, 2014

Ride Your Heart Out, Austin

June 22nd, 2014, Posted By Austin Housemates

BIKE-ON-STREETAustin is considered one of the TOP cities for cyclists. Over 35 miles of bike paths and lanes were installed in 2011, so even if you’ve just arrived, you’ve probably seen the intricate bike lanes across Congress, Lamar, and Oltorf. It’s no wonder that Bicycling magazine rated us in the top 20 of their favorite cycling cities.

Now, city cycling can be intimidating, especially downtown and during rush hour when cars still rule the road. That’s why Austin has over 25 different bike paths built into their parks to accommodate those riders looking for a more leisurely, outdoors-y bike ride.

Lady Bird Lake is one of the most popular bike trails. The paths loop around the lake itself, making for a cool breeze and a superb view, and you have your option of mileage – loops range from 10 miles, to 7 miles, to 4 miles, down to 3 miles. And because the park spans across most of the city, you have different access points. Entrances at Congress Ave, Guadalupe St, Riverside Dr, and Cesar Chavez open up the park to bike riders regardless of what neighborhood they live in.

Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park in North Austin offers up a slew of trails for beginners and expert riders alike. It’s 10 miles – which is a lot – but you can take it at your leisure and dip off and on any time you’d like. There’s even an alternative loop for jumps and other types of BMX trickery. Even if you left your bike at home, you can take advantage of some of the other perks the park offers, including a pool, picnic areas, playgrounds, and dog parks.

And for the advanced biker, you definitely need to check out the Greenbelt. Barton Creek Greenbelt is probably the most popular, natural spot in all of Austin, mainly because of the natural springs that keep everyone so cool all summer long. But the bike paths are also something to brag about. The initial path spans 7 miles, but you can always sneak off and try one of the “back paths” that bikers have forged ahead of you. Now, none of the back paths are marked on a map, so you may need to do a little exploring on your own. But what else are you going to do this summer?

Here is a direct link to the bike map of Austin. The entire city mapped out per bike-friendly streets and paths to help you get your ride on this summer.

http://assets.austintexas.gov/coa-bike-map-v11-full-city-web.pdf

And for more information on local bike riding in Austin, check out www.austincycling.org

If you’re looking for fast routes, low-traffic, and distance modulators, check out www.ridethecity.com/austin