Whether you’re a recreational cyclist or a daily bike commuter, it’s never been a better time to cruise through Houston on two wheels. As part of the Houston Bike Plan, the city has committed to completing over 300 miles of new bikeways, connecting neighborhoods, parks, schools, and work places to encourage ridership. Scheduled to be completed in May 2019, the Austin Corridor is the next big network addition, creating a dedicated bike lane starting at Austin Street near Buffalo Bayou and continuing through downtown, midtown, and Hermann Park to Brays Bayou.
Bike Houston has all the information you need to get started biking around the city. Beginners can sign up for one of their weekly Learn to Bike classes and experienced riders can use their interactive maps to plan a safe daily route or long weekend ride. They also provide resources on bike laws, maintenance, and local events and groups.
Critical Mass Houston hosts a causal, all skill levels welcome, bike ride the last Friday of the month, where hundreds of bikers gather downtown and take over the streets as they make their way to the designated hang out for the evening. For a more intense group ride, avid cyclists should check out the HTX Bike Social calendar of events.
If you’re in the market for a new bicycle, check out Blue Line Bike Lab in the Heights or Fletcher Bike Studio in Montrose. Or you can always rent a bike for a day from one of the numerous B-cycle stations found all over Houston.