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Need where to cycle South Austin that's kinda safe
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I need bike people in Austin suggestions where to ride far south Austin or drive to safe route wherever, the Veloway is closed temporarily. I'm not fond of riding in traffic or on the sidewalk. On Strava or any suggestions appreciated.

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There's lotsa miles of well-paved no-traffic county roads to ride in Bastrop County - especially out around Red Rock, TX.

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name a good starting point with free parking that's safe, and road to head out on👍

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as you get far south on S. 1st St., there's a good bike lane that takes you all the way to FM1626 (Akins High School). On the east side of Akins High School, you can cross 1626 and go south on Old San Antonio Rd. Clear sailing all the way to Buda. You can park at Akins perhaps and if not you can park along the road east of Akins by the sports fields. I will add a link to a route presently.

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as you get far south on S. 1st St., there's a good bike lane that takes you all the way to FM1626 (Akins High School). On the east side of Akins High School, you can cross 1626 and go south on Old San Antonio Rd. Clear sailing all the way to Buda. You can park at Akins perhaps and if not you can park along the road east of Akins by the sports fields. I will add a link to a route presently.
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OK, see this route. I've ridden it literally hundreds of times since 2002
If target=_blank>bicycleaustin.info/getaround/route-sanantonio.html

If
that doesn't meet your needs, let me know more about what sort of riding you are thinking of and I'll give it some more thought. T


Trying again https://bicycleaustin.info/getaround/route-sanantonio.html
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Thank you! I found HWY 45 and 1626, although I need traffic safety training apparently!!! yikes, as the shoulder ran out on a small part of the roadway, the traffic did not merge to the other lane. Perhaps I need to get off my bike and walk the grass, wow close call. I will sure check this route out
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name a good starting point with free parking that's safe, and road to head out on👍
-- posted by Jeanie2019


Pull up a map of Red Rock - you can either park at the school, (on the corner of Hwys. 812 & 20), or at the post office. Then you can ride out Goertz Rd., veer Right onto Waterson Rd. & ride for miles.

There are other roads and nice rides as well - and exploring is easy because any county road out on the E/SE side of RR is a good ride.

Print out the map and bring it with you.

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Thank you! I found HWY 45 and 1626, although I need traffic safety training apparently!!! yikes, as the shoulder ran out on a small part of the roadway, the traffic did not merge to the other lane. Perhaps I need to get off my bike and walk the grass, wow close call. I will sure check this route out
-- posted by Jeanie2019


1626 is a lot busier than it used to be, so itís still rideable but not as pleasant...

The Old San Antonio Rd. route is pleasant but lacks a shoulder. Traffic seems used to seeing lots of cyclists.

Another thought is to go out Southwest Parkway to Republic of Texas and turn north. Take the next right (Travis Country Cir.) and park there if you likeólots of nice riding on wide residential streets with some climbing to boot.

Farther along SW Parkway is Barton Creek Blvd. Low traffic and hilly between SW Parkway and Bee Cave Rd. You could park near The Natural Gardener and ride toward SW Parkway go get there. Climb up all the way to Bee Cave Rd and that road is good to ride on too, with a wide shoulder. Take a left toward City of Bee Cave or take a left and go toward 360.

While on Barton Creek Blvd., you can turn onto Lost Creek for more quietly hilly riding tooóthat goes to 360.

For "hilly" I mean "hilly" and mostly not too bad but also be warned that some of those hills are in places maybe 15% grades, like the final climb to Bee Cave along Barton Creek Blvd. At the intersection of Bee Cave and Barton Creek, there is a church with a lot you might be able to park in also.

Contact Bike Austin for L.A.B. connected safety classes (I endorse them but surely they arenít behind done during social distancing) and go on line for "Cycling Savvy" and John Allenís "Bicycling Street Smarts"

Let us know what you think.

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Thank you! I found HWY 45 and 1626, although I need traffic safety training apparently!!! yikes, as the shoulder ran out on a small part of the roadway, the traffic did not merge to the other lane. Perhaps I need to get off my bike and walk the grass, wow close call. I will sure check this route out
-- posted by Jeanie2019


1626 is a lot busier than it used to be, so itís still rideable but not as pleasant...

The Old San Antonio Rd. route is pleasant but lacks a shoulder. Traffic seems used to seeing lots of cyclists.

Another thought is to go out Southwest Parkway to Republic of Texas and turn north. Take the next right (Travis Country Cir.) and park there if you likeólots of nice riding on wide residential streets with some climbing to boot.

Farther along SW Parkway is Barton Creek Blvd. Low traffic and hilly between SW Parkway and Bee Cave Rd. You could park near The Natural Gardener and ride toward SW Parkway go get there. Climb up all the way to Bee Cave Rd and that road is good to ride on too, with a wide shoulder. Take a left toward City of Bee Cave or take a left and go toward 360.

While on Barton Creek Blvd., you can turn onto Lost Creek for more quietly hilly riding tooóthat goes to 360.

For "hilly" I mean "hilly" and mostly not too bad but also be warned that some of those hills are in places maybe 15% grades, like the final climb to Bee Cave along Barton Creek Blvd. At the intersection of Bee Cave and Barton Creek, there is a church with a lot you might be able to park in also.

Contact Bike Austin for L.A.B. connected safety classes (I endorse them but surely they arenít behind done during social distancing) and go on line for "Cycling Savvy" and John Allenís "Bicycling Street Smarts"

Let us know what you think.
-- posted by Thorn


That's a LOT of good suggestions and information, I'll need time to get back with you on that! I will most certainly follow up! It gets really boring riding the same route. Thanks.

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-- posted by Thorn

Thorn: I'm a regular visitor to Austin. #3 son, Brandon lives there and races the Driveway series every week. He also works at Luster Pearl East. Usually I send someone like you to go meet him and buy your first couple of drinks. When things open up again, consider this an invitation.
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