The Bike/Walk Trails committee is proud of its efforts to make outdoor recreation safer, more accessible, and more enjoyable for everyone.  None of the work listed below would be possible without the financial and professional support of many other community organizations, including: the City of Austin, Hormel Foods, The Hormel Foundation, Mayo Clinic Health Systems - Albert Lea/Austin, Mower County, Mower County Soil and Water Conservation District, Prairie Visions, Rydjor Bike Shop, the Southern Minnesota Bike Club, and the Statewide Health Improvement Program.

Past accomplishments

  • Expansion of the city trail system in numerous locations
  • Development of Safe Routes to School throughout Austin
  • Implementation of new trail signage and other amenities
  • Creation of Red Bike - a free bike share program
  • Establishment of an annual Bike Safety Day, with fun family activities and helmets available to purchase for a low co-pay
  • Creation of a new mountain bike trail, and hosting a Minnesota State High School League race
  • Creation of a "Welcome to Austin" rest stop near the Jay C. Hormel Nature Center, for visitors to enjoy and learn more about biking in Austin

Current objectives

  • Support completion of the Shooting Star Trail connection, which will enter Austin near the Jay C. Hormel Nature Center 
  • Work towards Austin being officially designated a "Bike Friendly City".  In 2016 we received an "honorable mention" designation from the League of American Bicyclists.
  • Enhance and expand the new mountain bike trail and secure permits to allow for public use
  • Continue to explore strategies to improve the Red Bike program
  • Identify and develop more Safe Routes to School

Future goals

  • Continue to promote increased trail usage, and measure usage to track progress
  • Continue to promote bicycling and pedestrian safety through educational campaigns
  • Establish an endowment fund to support the long-term maintenance and growth of trails