Where to Ride in Austin
Austin Bike Map
This map can help you discover and plan some great biking routes around town. It shows “better bikeways” – routes color-coded by biking comfort. Do you feel safer using streets with bike lanes and less traffic, or riding on off-street trails? Just choose the “high comfort” and “medium comfort” routes.
Printed copies are available at bike shops, other retailers, biking nonprofits and City offices. Look for them in the reception areas at Austin Transportation Department, City Hall and One Texas Center.
Consult the PDF or printed map for "how to" info about riding safely and legally on city streets as well.
2017 Bike Map PDF Side 2 (Downtown)
New for 2018! Scroll around to move the map; you can set your location, then zoom in, to find nearby routes. (This information is often better than the routes shown by smart-phone map apps.)
Want to start riding, but not ready for City streets? Start out on a trail or the Veloway!
The trails are all shown as green “high-comfort” routes on the Austin Bike Map.
The Hike and Bike Trail: This trail around Lady Bird Lake is a beautiful setting to bike. The full 10-mile loop includes The Boardwalk, which goes out over the water. The Trail is less crowded on the eastern side.
Southern Walnut Creek Trail: This is Austin's first “urban trail.” Largely in a natural setting, it begins at Govalle Park and ends near Johnny Morris Road and Daffen Lane. A 10' wide concrete trail with shoulders, it’s a little over 7 miles in length. There are several creek crossings and trail heads along the trail. Click here for hours and recreational information.
Northern Walnut Creek Trail: This new leg goes from Mopac south to Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park. It has 9 creek crossings and 4 trail heads; it’s being expanded as part of the Walnut Creek Trail System.
The Veloway: Located in south Austin setting near the wildflower center, the veloway is an undulating 3.1 mile loop in a natural setting. it offers a safe place to practice riding with the whole family – or to get in some training miles.
Barton Springs Greenbelt: Ready to try mountain biking? This trail offers a rugged off-road experience. You can start at many trailheads, including the one by Barton Springs Pool.
Join a Group Ride
Many Austin groups offer group rides – which are a great way to log miles and try out new routes with support from more experienced cyclists. Many are casual social rides.
Check out the great calendar of rides on the Bike Austin website. You can filter to find the easiest, shortest rides.
The “no drop” code means you won’t be dropped along the way – no bicyclist left behind!
Social Cycling Austin brings people together for casual, fun ride.
A fun one to try: Thursday Night Social Ride. Everyone is welcome on this weekly social ride -- no matter what your skill level, what kind of bike you ride, or how many miles you’ve ridden.
Experience cyclist looking to log more miles? Looking for distance and speed?
Try one of the Violet Crown Club rides. This cycling club is one of Austin's oldest. A great community to join for those who live and love to ride!
Local Bike Shares & Rentals
No bike? No problem. Austin B-Cycle has bike share stations near popular destinations around the central city. Austin B-Cycle has a pass type affordable for everyone – whether you are a curious local, a weekend visitor, or a weekly bike commuter. On a tight budget? Contact them directly to ask about “Bike Share for All” rates.
Many companies and bike shops also offer bicycles for rent by the hour, day, or week.
Where to get more information:
There are several places to get more information about cycling in Austin! If you have any questions or want to learn more, please reach out to any of these organizations and they would be happy to help you on your cycling adventure!
Bike Austin: https://bikeaustin.org
Downtown Austin Alliance: http://www.downtownaustin.com/experience/bike-downtown
Visit Austin: https://www.austintexas.org/visit/things-to-do/cycling/
City of Austin: https://austintexas.gov/bicycle