For a comfortable cycling experience, become familiar with the bicycle services and laws specific to Austin.
City bicycle services and regulations
Bicycling laws and safety. Understand the rights and regulations of cycling in Austin. Obeying the laws and riding predictably help foster a friendly environment for everyone to share the road.
Bicycle registry. The Austin Police Department's bicycle registry system will store the make, model and serial number of your bike that can later be used as proof of ownership, in case of theft.
Biking and transit. Learn how you can bring your bike with you on Capital Metro buses and trains and about MetroBike’s secured bike parking program.
Need to report an issue with a bike facility, sidewalk or street? Submit an online customer service request or call Austin 3-1-1 (dial 3-1-1 or 512-974-2000).
Austin Bike Map
The online Austin Bike Map offers up-to-date information about available routes by reported comfort levels, so you can easily plan a safe and stress-free bike ride, using your computer or smartphone. If you would like to provide feedback about the routes and their comfort ratings, you can use the Bike Map Public Input Tool.
For a printable copy of the bike map, you can download the PDF files for each side:
Choose routes color-coded by biking comfort. Side 1 is the citywide map, with legend. See Side 2 for a zoomed-in map of the Downtown area, helpful biking tips and information about the route coding. Consult the map for "how to" info about riding safely and legally on city streets.
Printed copies of the map are available at bike shops, other retailers, biking nonprofits and City offices. Look for them in the reception areas at Austin Transportation Department, City Hall and One Texas Center.
Austin B-cycle, Austin's bike-share program, makes it easy to hop on a rented bicycle for short trips between more than 50 stations around Central Austin. The affordable, popular system offers numerous check-out locations with about 400 bikes. Learn more about how B-cycle works. (Aprende como B-cycle funciona.)
The system was launched with City support in December 2013 and ridership has increased each year since then. B-cycle is projecting that its bikes will have been used for about 200,000 trips in 2016. In December 2016, the Austin City Council approved funding for 125 more bikes and 18 more stations. Austin B-cycle is operated by the nonprofit Austin Bike Share. Additional funding comes from federal grants, sponsorships and fees.
Austin B-cycle estimates that about a quarter of its bike checkouts replace a car trip, based on a user survey. That averages out to 140 avoided car trips per day in Central Austin – and less traffic on our streets.
Additional bicycling resources
Bike Austin: Education, classes, rides, socials, and resources