|Park Name||Trail Rating||Special Trail Conditions||Miles||Trail Type|
|Bastrop||Intermediate-Advanced||Ride through the scenic Lost Pines on paved Park Road 1C between Bastrop and Buescher.||12.5||Paved|
|Buescher||Beginner-Intermediate||The scenic, hilly, 12-mile paved road between Buescher and Bastrop is ideal for experienced cyclists. The park also includes about 8 miles of trail riding through pine trees and cedar elms.||20.3||Paved and Trail|
|Colorado Bend||Beginner-Intermediate||Access 26 miles of multi-use trails over varied terrain.
|Government Canyon||Beginner-Advanced||Front country and backcountry trails are available. Trails range in length, so riders can create routes that work best for them. Watch video||26||Trail|
|Guadalupe River||Intermediate-Advanced||Multi-use loop trails offer scenic views and varied, rugged riding.||10||Trail|
|Hill Country||Beginner-Advanced||Mixed single-track, double-track and unpaved jeep roads offer some steep hills and plenty of technical terrains.||40||Trail|
|Kickapoo Cavern||Beginner-Intermediate||Multi-use trails provide an easy to moderate ride||14||Trail|
|Lyndon B. Johnson||Beginner||2.5 miles of scenic trails offer a closer look at wildlife and rich history. Scenic, 9-mile paved loop winds through LBJ National Historical Park, beginning and ending at the Visitor Center.||11.5||Paved and Trail|
|McKinney Falls||Beginner||3.5 miles of gentle, paved trails and 6 miles of unpaved trails can be linked together for a longer ride.||9.5||Paved and Trail|
|Pedernales Falls||Beginner-Intermediate||Ride along hills dotted with oak and juniper and access more heavily-wooded areas.||20||Trail|
|South Llano River||Beginner-Intermediate||Some easy trails, but some with fairly steep terrain with loose rocks.||18||Trail|
Tips for Biking with San Antonio Traffic
For those of us who have cycling routes that involve cycling with traffic, it is important to know proper safety precautions to avoid getting into an accident. Here are some tips to be aware of when you’re cycling with traffic to ensure your safety.
- Yield to Traffic – When changing lanes the traffic in the destination lane has the right of way so make sure to yield to them. You’ll also want to make eye contact with any drivers so that they know you can see them, and you’ll know they can see you.
- Ride in the Correct Lane – The left-most lane is for the fastest-moving traffic, the right lane for slower traffic. Make sure you keep to the appropriate lane for your speed and the speed of the traffic around you.
- Stay Outside the Door Zone – When passing cars parked on the street try to keep out of the door zone. This is the area occupied by an open door on the driver side of a car. When passing parked cars keep an eye on passengers inside the car that could potentially open their door. Anticipating accidents and getting out of the way before they happen is the best way to ensure everyone’s safety.
Tips for Cycling Downhill in San Antonio
Cycling downhill can be exhilarating, feeling the wind breeze past you as you increase your speed. That being said, it can also be kind of scary. Depending on the steepness of the downward descent your speed can increase quite suddenly. However, when cycling downhill it is crucial to keep control of your bike. In order to get the most out of your downhill ride try these simple tips.
- Become Familiar With The Road – Before you descend a hill become familiar with the condition of the road by riding it uphill. Make notes of any hazardous areas including cracks in the pavements, loose gravel or potholes. When cycling downhill these hazards can pose a great risk and be able to anticipate them ahead of time will help you avoid an accident.
- Brake Gradually, Not Suddenly – Never brake suddenly when cycling downhill. Instead, anticipate when you’ll need to brake and slow down gradually by gently squeezing both levers evenly every 2-3 seconds.
- Wear Sunglasses – Depending on the time of day you are riding, and the direction you are facing you may want to consider wearing sunglasses. Even if you are familiar with the condition of the road if the sun is in your eyes knowing the road won’t help as you won’t be able to see clearly. Wearing sunglasses will help keep your vision unobstructed by the sun and possible glares.
How to Avoid the Door Zone in Traffic
When cycling on streets with traffic it is important to be extra cautious of your surroundings, and this means avoiding the infamous door zone. When a car is parked on the street there is always the potential that a car door could suddenly open onto the street thus blocking your lane – this is the door zone. There are certain tricks for avoiding being in this position. Here are tips on how to avoid the door zone.
- Anticipate the Door Zone – As soon as you come upon a street that has cars parked on the street be sure to ride far enough away from the cars to avoid the door zone. This means even if there isn’t anyone in any of the cars. This prevents you from having to swerve out of the way at the last second.
- Don’t Swerve Between Parked Cars – If there are large empty spaces between parked cars on the street don’t ride in between the parked cars. Always stay outside of the door zone, even if there aren’t any cars parked on the street. As tempting as it may be to ride in these empty spaces you should get in the habit of pretending there are imaginary cars there. By riding consistently in a straight line, the same distance from the side of the road it will help other drivers to anticipate your movements.
- Leave the Bike Lane is You Have To – Always ride outside of the door zone, even if this means riding outside, or on the edge of a bike lane.