Greetings! I have volunteered to be the Advocacy Director for the Club and will provide updates to the Club on the goings on of the state of Bicycling in our fair city.
It’s a great time to be a cyclist in Austin! If you have ridden with me, then I’m sure you’ve heard me speak of the South Walnut Creek Trail (SWCT). The trail runs mostly parallel to Hwy. 183 on the east side of town. The 10’ wide, paved trail is scheduled for completion later this year, but currently has about 5 miles that are open now.
Access to the SWCT can be gained on Jain Ln. at the southern terminus or on Loyola, currently the northern terminus but when complete will run to near the intersection of Daffan Rd. and Johnny Morris Rd. To access the trail at Loyola, take the paved driveway to the Rugby fields just east of Walnut Creek on the eastbound side of the street. You will see the trail down to your right. Access can also be gained at the East Side YMCA at Hwy. 183 and 51st St. The trailhead is on your right as you pull into the parking lot. This is a beautiful trail and currently has very little bike traffic (and the best part – absolutely no motorized traffic!). More folks will be using the trail as it nears completion, so check it out now if you want to ride an uncrowded trail! Click here for a map of the completed portion of the trail.
The Austin to Manor Trail is also under construction as well as the Northern Walnut Creek Trail which will run from Balcones Park west of Mopac to Walnut Creek Park. Eventually, the northern and southern WC trails will be connected providing a off-street bike trail for approximately 20 miles. You can track progress on construction of the trail on the City's web site here.