If you haven’t headed out on a bike yet, just a reminder – Thanksgiving is a perfect time for a bike ride. While everyone is out sitting in traffic for hundreds of miles, Austin’s local streets will be a veritable ghost town this weekend, especially tomorrow. And the weather’s pretty perfect too.
Update: Since this post was written, the trail has been completed from the entrance at Govalle Park all the way to the northern end of Decker Lake at Lindell Lane. Currently, in April 2015, the final trail to connect to Manor is on hold until funding is secured. We have also written about the other end of the trail and, if you’re looking for good ways to get around town, be sure to read some of our alternative routes guides.
Today, we took off to check out the new trail being built from Austin to Manor. Specifically, we scoped out the Southern Walnut Creek Trail section, which goes between the YMCA at 51st Street and 183 down to Govalle Park, near Bolm and Shady. We started our ride up north after doing a much needed tune-up over at the Yellow Bike Project (which now has day-time hours for bike and parts purchases). Here’s a map of the part of the trail we rode today:
The trail is planned to be complete sometime in the Spring of 2014 and will continue north out along Walter E. Long lake and into the town of Manor.
To find the trail’s beginning down in Austin, simply follow Bolm Rd. east of Airport, turn left on Shady and follow it around the bend. Turn left onto the path just before the bridge.
Now you know where to go ride to burn off all that pecan pie.