Okay, so there’s more to it than this, but, part of staying safe on a bike is taking the right routes. The problem is, often, how do you find the right routes? If you look at Google Maps or a bike map, you’ll think there are only a handful of good roads for cycling. The reality is, however, that there are a ton of good cycling roads. More importantly, there are a handful of steer clear, death trap roads that should be avoided at all costs.
Sooooo, while we have offered a series of posts on suggested bike routes, how about a map that shows you which roads to avoid at all costs? (edit: “at all costs” may overstate the case for some of these roads. Click on the road and there’s more of a description, but generally these are unpleasant and unnecessary, if not downright dangerous, roads to ride on.)
That is, if you look at this map, you can consider most every other road (outside of the highways and frontage roads) good to go for cycling. These are the roads you should avoid.
As noted on the map description, this map sticks to central Austin and south Austin, which means south of 183, north of Slaughter, and between Mopac on the west and 183 on the east.
Click on that icon in the upper left corner of the map to open up the sidebar and see the full list of roads, and click on each road for a little bit more about it.
Let us know in the comments.