The Bike/Walk Trails committee made significant impact in ways that 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.

This important work will continue thorough collaboration efforts of Mower County State-wide Improvement Program and Mower Refreshed, a community wellness initiative through Mayo Clinic Health Systems Albert Lea and Austin.

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