Looking for more encouragement and fun folks to ride with?

Check out Smart Trips Austin! Smart Trips Austin is a free program through January 31, 2018 that aims to increase trips taken by foot, bike, bus or shared car. The City of Austin and Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Capital Metro) are working together to encourage Austinites to consider more sustainable options for getting around town. Please check out their upcoming events December 19th for Bike d'Lights, January 14th for the Cold Weather Ride/The Ramen Ride and January 20th for the Bike Shop Tour! http://smarttripsaustin.org

Where to Ride in Austin

1. Austin Bike Map

This map is great because it shows you routes color-coded by biking comfort. New to riding on city streets? Choose the “high comfort” or “medium comfort” routes shown. You can pick up a printed copy of the map at bike shops, other retailers, biking nonprofits and City offices. Or, consult the PDF’s online here: 2017 Bike Map PDF Side 1 (Citywide) and 2017 Bike Map PDF Side 2 (Downtown)

Side 1 is the citywide map, with legend. See Side 2 for a zoomed-in map of the Downtown area, helpful biking tips and information about the route coding. The map also has handy "how to" info about riding safely and legally on city streets.

2. Riding in your local area:

Traveling around Austin by bicycle is supported by a vast network of bike lanes, protected bikeways and bridges in conjunction with crushed stone, paved and dirt trails though major green spaces. Local public transportation is also accommodating when it comes to transporting you and your two- wheeled ride across town. There are also several different clubs, organizations and parks for just about every style of riding. So whether you’re interested in endurance riding, a quick shot around the pump track or casual social rides there is something for everyone.

3. Local rides for new cyclist:

If you prefer riding for fun, training or just leisure there is also a veloway, a 3.1 mile loop that undulates with the natural curves of the landscape. Taking a spin around the Ann and Roy butler Hike and Bike Trail can make for nice little get away along the water front where you can choose the view the city scape or take in a little bit of nature. The Hike and Bike Trail connects with a 7250 foot long board walk that boasts seven viewing areas over the lake.

Link to more info:

Veloway: http://www.austintexas.gov/department/veloway

Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail and the Boardwalk at Lady Bird Lake: https://www.austintexas.gov/department/ann-and-roy-butler-hike-and-bike-trail

4. Local bike share/rental:

No bike? No problem. Austin has bike share stations all around the major hot spots around the city. Austin B-Cycle has a pass type for everyone whether you are a local, an weekend explorer, on a budget or a cross town commuter. Austin B-Cycle is a local nonprofit that currently has about 50 stations citywide. For more information about Austin B-Cycle, go to https://austinbcycle.com.

5. I already cycle:

The Barton Springs Greenbelt offers a more rugged and technical mountain biking experience where a cyclist can single track all day on and off of dirt and grinding over rocky terrain hidden away in the heart of the city.

For the more advanced road cyclist, hooking up with one of the Violet Crown Club rides that leaves out of Mellow Johnny’s might be the way to go. Most rides are fast and long- Just the way you like them.

Or maybe you prefer hitting some big jumps, riding rails or hitting ramps - in which case the 9th Street pump track or the Heath Eiland and Morgan Moss BMX Skate Park might be for you.

6. 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 and https://austintexas.gov/page/austin-cycling-101


Challenge Results - Austin

  • 235 Participants
  • 9 New riders
  • 23,895 Miles
  • 2,905 Trips

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  • 401 People
  • 30 New riders
  • 116,579 Miles
  • 12,913 Rides
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