This last week our editors had a chance to ride the roads of Austin Texas as part of an organized group ride presented by the Austin Cycling Association (ACA). Austin has quickly become known as the hip part of Texas where it is actually okay to lean slightly to the left. The city displays this liberal slant by creating, signing, and maintaining usable bike lanes and pedestrian walkways.
Unlike neighboring Texas cities, think San Antonio, there is a semblance of order when riding along the pavement. The city recently passed a three foot law to codify some rights for cyclists (this law is similar to the one struck down by the governor of Texas).
With a large active community of cyclist ACA is able to schedule multiple rides on weekends. The route our editors took was titled “The Tour de Lipid” following the apparent mantra of the club to create unique names for their routes. 30 miles of urban and suburban back-roads the bicycle ride is perfect for visitors to the city as it meanders through this lively community while skipping most of the heavy traffic areas.
This route is tandem approved offering mostly flat terrain interspersed with a few small hills. For tandem teams heading to the area it is highly recommended that you do make contact with ACA and tag along on one of their scheduled rides. The members were incredibly polite and traveled in a style that most clubs forget… they follow the laws of the road and obey traffic signs.