Texas Travel

Pedaling through the petals

By Rachel Elmalawany 4.3.14

Springtime is here, which means it’s time for beautiful hill country blooms. Whether you’re an avid cyclist or a leisurely rider, Texas offers miles of open country roads lined with wild blooms to cycle along. But first, let’s talk safety.

Safety

Texas has some cycling laws of which you should take heed before hitting the road. Even if it’s not the law, practicing safe cycling will make for a happy experience for you and motorists alike. Keep these things in mind:

  • Bikes have the same rights to the road as motor vehicles. That means you also have to stop at stop signs and red lights.
  • Bikes have the right to a lane, but only take a lane if you need to.
  • No riding without hands; and no double riders unless you’re both on a tandem.
  • Use hand and arm signals when turning.

Where to Ride

The Texas Hill Country has amazing wildflower blooms.

The San Antonio Fiesta Wildflower Ride on Sunday, April 27, offers something for everyone with 40-, 25-, and 15-mile routes. After the race, enjoy food trucks, massage therapists, and camaraderie with fellow riders and spectators.

The Austin Cycling Association offers charity rides throughout the year. This month, Kerrville is hosting the Easter Hill Country Tour, one of the state’s premier cycling events. Routes vary from 20 to 100 miles.

Whatever you do and wherever you ride, have fun, be safe, and enjoy the incredible scenery Texas has to offer.