BikeFest, Viva! Streets coming in late October

Lisa Reed Davis on the Southern Walnut Creek Trail
Lisa Reed bikes the Southern Walnut Creek Trail. Pam LeBlanc/American Statesman Staff

We’ve got two big bicycling events coming up, two-wheeler fans.

The city’s first BikeFest is set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 25 at Govalle Park, 5200 Bolm Road. The day kicks off with an 8:30 a.m. ribbon cutting for the (sort of) new 7.3-mile section of the separated bike path known as the Southern Walnut Creek Trail, which we wrote about in July. (See my article about the trail here.)

The event will include bike polo.

A group ride along the new paved trail, which extends from Govalle Park to the Johnny Morris and Daffen Lane intersection, will start at 10:30 a.m. (Check in first.) Go to the event to check out the new trail, but stay for the food trucks, beer garden, kids’ activities, live music, bike fashion show, vendors and demonstrations of bicycle polo and unicycle football.

The event, presented by BikeTexas and Capital Metro, is free.

BikeTexas suggests arriving by bicycle. Austin B-Cycle will have a mobile check-in station for cyclists who want to use the rental cycles. (Use one of the East Austin stations – East Sixth at Robert Martinez, East Sixth at Pedernales, or Capital Metro Headquarters – to arrive at Govalle Park within the half-hour window for B-Cycle rental.)

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Streets are blocked to cars during Viva! Streets. Rodolfo Gonzalez/American Statesman Staff

Secondly, Viva! Streets – that close-the-road-and-play-in-the-street festival – returns Oct. 26.

After two years on East Sixth Street, the event moves to the Mueller development, where a 2-mile stretch of roadway will be closed to car traffic from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Austinites are invited to bicycle, play, get fit, people watch and celebrate good health in the street. It’s Austin’s version of a ciclovia, a Spanish term that means “cycleway.” Ciclovias got their start in Colombia, where officials block off streets for runners, skaters and bicyclists.

For more information go here.

Author: Pam LeBlanc

Pam LeBlanc writes about fitness and travel for the Austin American-Statesman. She has worked for the Statesman since 1998 and written her weekly fitness column, Fit City, since 2004.

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