National Bike Week!
(May 15 – 19)
May 15th – 19th is National Bike Week, and Austin has much to boast about since being ranked the third most bike-friendly city in America, according to Forbes Magazine in 2016. The amount of cyclers, whether commuting or recreational, testifies to the city’s bike-friendly qualities, and confirms the benefits of cycling. Studies have shown that cycling strengthens your hips, thighs, and rear, preserves your joints, cuts down on gas money, lessens your exposure to air pollution (that’s right—those who bike have less exposure to air pollution than car commuters), and the list goes on. Maybe the best reason to bike, though, is simply to explore this breathtaking city. So hit the road and check out these trusty trails!
Ever wondered what it would be like to exchange your car for a bike? Check out this map to see Austin’s cycling lanes and routes. It’s a sure way to determine the path that will have you gliding steadily to any destination. If you’re bike-shy, join a bike train for Bike-To-Work-Day on May 19th. You’ll get a guided tour of the best commuting routes from wherever you live in the city. And if you’re bike-less, Austin B-Cycle will take care of you. Just use the code 519 to rent a bike for free, and join the adventure!
Lance Armstrong Bikeway
If you’re looking for a paved ride downtown, this is the one for you. The finished path is planned to go from Veterans Dr. to Montopolis Bridge, and so far, 4.6 miles are complete and ready for your enjoyment. Take a ride!
Southern Walnut Creek Bike Trail
This delightful trail will give you more than 7 miles of mature trees, easy flatland, subtle hills, and flowing water—everything to invigorate your senses and keep you inspired to ride! You can find a connection to this trail in over 5 neighborhoods across Austin.
This trail in the middle of Circle C Ranch is a solid 5K and designed specifically for recreational bikers AND inline skaters! Because this path prohibits anyone without wheels, take advantage of spinning at top speeds without worrying about pedestrians.
Shoal Creek Trail
Hop onto one of Austin’s oldest trails, dating back to the 1960’s, and take a tour of its glorious oak trees. When you’re ready for a detour, hop off at Pease Park or Duncan Park and you’ll find well-suited rest stops. If you need more trail, roll onto the Lance Armstrong Bikeway close by, and keep going ‘til your cycling heart is content!
Calling all expert riders—if you’re looking for a challenging excitement, you’d do best to try this adventure out. It’s not so much a trail as it is just a road that beckons the nature lovers. It also has the steepest hills and makes for exhilarating slopes!
Capital of Texas Highway – Loop 360
Another one for you experienced riders. When you brave this route, you’ll speed through the gorgeous scenes of Capital of Texas Highway. Enjoy an exquisite ride beneath blue skies as you coast over water and hills.
Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail
Possibly the most well-known trail in Austin, the Ann and Roy Butler Trail stretches over 10 miles around Lady Bird Lake. The Boardwalk, the newest section of the trail that hovers peacefully over the lake, was opened in 2014 to connect the whole trail together. Now you have a choice of striding over smooth waters or taking on the hills—or both! No matter what you choose, you’ll get the best of the cityscape and nature’s habitat.