Austin On A Bike

The Sweet New Bike Path from Austin to Manor [Pics]

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:

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The trail “beginning” at the YMCA.

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Headed downhill from the YMCA. Beware the golf course and random missiles.

 

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The current northern terminus of the trail…though we hear if you forge your way past the mud alongside the golf course, there’s another 3/4 mile of paved pathway headed north.

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“Behold! Bike paths, flood debris and garbage!” says Spen, happily modeling for the shot.

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Will Austin buy a bike path sized sweeper? (While these are just leaves, larger branches and sand covered the path in parts.)

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Sweet view.

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At least rocks won’t fall on your head as trains pass by…

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The raised path runs alongside the road out to The Driveway and even has an exit.

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Fallen tree from the Halloween flood.

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Crossing under 183 is much easier nowadays. Spen points to the previous pathway, which was mostly mud and broken beer bottles.

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The southern end of the trail is a dirt path into the park.

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.

4 comments for “The Sweet New Bike Path from Austin to Manor [Pics]

  1. November 28, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    Paths like this one linking neighborhoods and communities serve the overall quality of life, improve property values throughout the communities they touch, and take cars off the roads during rush hour.

    I can’t wait to ride this one!

  2. Jeff Burns
    December 6, 2015 at 11:31 am

    I ride this trail at least twice a week and thoroughly enjoy being able to put in distance without encountering hardly any traffic-just getting to it from my downtown office and back do I encounter the traffic.

  3. Ricardo
    July 26, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    This anybody knows how many miles is one way , or both ?

    • Mike Melanson
      September 18, 2016 at 12:20 pm

      Something like 11 miles one way? I think?

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