Bicycling In Austin
Austin Texas' most famous cyclist is, of course, Lance Armstrong who celebrates his sport and raises money for his foundation with the annual Ride for the Roses. In honor of the cycling legend, local bicycle enthusiasts have lobbied Austin City Hall to develop the Lance Armstrong Bikeway which will weave through the central part of the city and carry commuters and recreational cyclists to the suburbs. Austin also employs a bicycling coordinator who is involved in transportation issues, including the development of almost 70 miles of bicycle lanes around Austin. The city also provides some 1,500 bike racks, many of them in the downtown area.
Every day Austinites are wheeling their way around the city, peddling to work or simply enjoying the scenery. There is a three-mile Veloway in Slaughter Creek Metropolitan Park in Southwest Austin and Loop 360 is a popular bicycle run, but while the Austin is bike-friendly that does not mean others sharing the road are always considerate of cyclists. Austin mandates all cyclists under 17 must wear a bicycle helmet on city streets, parks and trails and adults also are advised to follow that safety practice. Always be on the lookout for bicyclists and help share the road.
There are numerous cycling groups in Austin, including the Yellow Bike Project which operates out of a "shack" behind Wheatsville Co-op on Guadalupe near the UT campus. The group takes old bikes, refurbishes them, paints them yellow and then spreads them out across the area for free usage. Check out Bicycle Austin to find out more about Austin bicycling.
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