New Explore Downtown Austin Bike Route

Looking for a safe and fun activity for the family this holiday season? Explore Downtown Austin is a new bike route created by our friends at Smart Trips Austin. The route highlights iconic sights as well as high-comfort segments of Austin’s all-ages and abilities bicycle network, making it perfect for the whole family.

Explore Downtown Austin by Bike

Your ride begins at the Mexican American Cultural Center before cruising along Lady Bird Lake on the Butler Hike and Bike Trail. Follow the route for Smart Trip’s favorite place to cross the lake as you head north along Shoal Creek Trail past the Austin Public Library and over to snap a photo at the Texas Capitol. Ride with ease on the new Congress Avenue protected bike lanes as you turn south to the Downtown Metro Station. Complete your ride at Rainey Street, where you can enjoy a treat from a selection of Austin’s most delicious food trucks.

Sign up for the Smart Trips Transportation Resource Guide to access a free bus or train pass for getting Downtown and a free MetroBike pass to ride the route in style on a new electric MetroBike! For this route and other DIY maps please visit SmartTripsAustin.org.

Introducing MetroBike, Austin Bike Rental Powered by CapMetro

At CapMetro, we’re committed to getting you where you need to go, and sometimes a bus or train just can’t take you all the way. That’s why we’re so excited to introduce MetroBike! In a brand new partnership with Austin Transportation Department and Bike Share of Austin, Austin BCycle (the Austin bike rental service you already know and love) is transforming to become a new member of our family of transportation services.

Why bike?

Bikes aren’t just an eco-friendly transit alternative, but serve as a great solution for the parts of your trip that fall between bus or train rides. Just visiting? We highly recommend seeing all of Austin’s beauty by bike, from street art to natural destinations like Lady Bird Lake.

How to book MetroBike

To ride MetroBike, you will need to download both the CapMetro App and the BCycle App. The two apps offer different pass options to help you select the best ride frequency for your needs. Keep in mind that regardless of your pass type, all MetroBikes must be returned to a bike station dock after 60 minutes to avoid additional fees. Once you’ve checked your bike in, feel free to check it back out using the app and continue on your adventure!

Learn more about booking a MetroBike here.

More ways to ride

Head to your CapMetro App to purchase one-day or 31-day passes, which can be bundled with CapMetro bus or rail passes to help you navigate each phase of your trip. Use the BCycle App to pay-as-you-ride or purchase a membership for a day, weekend, month or year.

What’s next for MetroBike?

This partnership is just the beginning and we already have system improvements on the way. Not only will we be expanding the fleet and number of stations, but we plan to fully electrify the MetroBike fleet. With new stations, we aim to provide access to communities beyond the downtown core.

Where can I find more info about MetroBike?

Head over to our website for details about riding MetroBike along with more information about the partnership with BCycle, Austin Transportation Department and Bike Share of Austin.