Bicycling Groups Around Austin
published on April 19, 2012
Bicycles could solve many of America’s pressing issues: obesity, oil prices, ozone depletion, and stress. Abandoning vehicles altogether is too lofty a goal – but replacing 2-3 commutes per week with bicycling isn’t. Austin is an ideal city for recreational and commuter cyclists. In addition to its accessible bike routes, there are myriad groups and clubs that organize rides from the Great Hills to Olympic Heights neighborhoods. For a low yearly membership, members can make friends, get fit, and experience the city’s sights as never before: from the seat of a bike.
Circle C Cycling Club
This group is perfect for cyclists of any age, gender, or ability and is open to residents of the Circle C neighborhood and surrounding areas. For a low annual membership fee of $20, residents can join a number of rides that occur weekly, biweekly, and seasonally. It’s a great way to bond with neighbors or teach children safe cycling techniques. Keep an eye out for their flashy black-and-blue jerseys streaking through the streets!
Austin Flyers Women’s Cycling Club
This 10-year old cycling club is perfect for women of all riding levels. The Austin Flyers routinely ride through central Austin to Highway 183, with rides lasting about 3+ hours (20 miles). Join them every Sunday for their weekly ride and brunch from 9 am to 12 pm. This intermediate ride is great for women looking to continue or push their fitness routines and make friends.
Austin Cycling Association
ACA is one of most trusted and established cycling clubs in central Texas. Enthusiasts of longer rides (30-90 miles) will have lots of options if they opt to join this group, which frequently scouts rides through Bastrop, Buda, Westlake, and many other areas surrounding Austin. ACA has a friendly "no-drop" rule, so riders never have to worry about being left behind. Membership runs $40 annually, which helps support ACA’s many community efforts.
New to urban riding? Mellow Johnny’s scout-a-ride is an ideal way to get a feel for urban commuting while riding in the safety of a group. The pace is slow (10-12 mph) and the atmosphere is relaxed. The goal of these rides is to help cyclists learn safe routes through different neighborhoods in Austin. Residents considering a new Austin home search may want to use these rides as a starting point. Guides are known to throw in bike handling tips and take long coffee breaks, as well.
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