ArtRides in Austin

Explore Austin and its creative soul – all on your bike with ArtRides!

Experience your own personal tour of Austin Art in Public Places TEMPO 2017 via curated bike routes and artwork guides.

This diverse set of nine works by new and emerging local artists are currently sited across Austin. After being displayed in Austin parklands and other City-owned sites, all the works will be presented together at Edward Rendon Sr. Park in a collective exhibition, TEMPO Convergence, as part of the East Austin Studio Tour, November 11-19.

Artist Interviews

The Art in Public Places Program has published a series of video interviews with the artists. Check them out on the TEMPO 2017 Playlist!

 

 

The App

The ArtRides mobile app is your tour guide to Austin Art in Public Places TEMPO 2017. Ride along a variety of curated bike routes, selecting based on a convenient section of town or by interest in an individual artwork.

Each route has been designed to visit several TEMPO 2017 artworks and travel through some of our favorite Austin neighborhoods.

The ArtRides app offers turn by turn navigation while you ride making it easy to stay on track.

Each artwork stop contains photos and an audio description to give more meaning and context. The cycling stops include important information to make navigating the streets easier or help in finding a place for lunch.

Because the artworks are located city-wide through early November, three of the routes range between 20 and 29 miles so aren’t designed for newbie cyclists. If these distances seem daunting, select our Downtown and Eastside Route which keeps the mileage below 10 miles and can be modified even further to just do a cruiser ride near Lady Bird Lake.

 

 

 

The Routes

TEMPO 2017 is on view throughout the city so we’ve created four tours to explore the works in manageable distances.

 

Downtown and Eastside

The shortest route at just under 10 miles, these are the 3 works closest to downtown and can be done using the B-Cycle bike share system. The Carver Library, the MACC, and Austin Nature Center are destinations that also hold multiple offerings from the Art in Public Places permanent collection.

Downtown Route for Web

 

Central

At 20 miles, this loop expands on the Downtown and Eastside Route with stops in Ramsey Park and Bartholomew Park before traveling through the Mueller neighborhood.

Central Route for Web

 

South

Another expansion of the Downtown and Eastside Route, we ride into South Austin visiting the Pleasant Valley and Manchaca Libraries. The South Route clocks in at 25 miles and does include riding in bike lanes on South Congress and South Lamar.

South Route for Web

 

North

The North Loop is the longest route at 29 miles stretching to Schroeter Park in Northwest Austin. The majority of this route is on well-traveled bike routes but we added an exploration of the new MoPac bike path near the Domain and made use of the public access through the Hyde Park Baptist Quarry property to stay off of Duval Rd.

North Route for Web

 

TEMPO Convergence

Austin is a big city and the art is distributed across nine separate council districts. If these route distances seem a bit daunting, ride shorter segments of the routes or explore the works individually while they are out in the districts.

After being displayed in Austin parklands and other City-owned sites, all nine works will be presented together at Edward Rendon Sr. Park in a collective exhibition, TEMPO Convergence, as part of the East Austin Studio Tour, November 11-19.

TEMPO is Dynamic

Want to hear more as ArtRides updates the tours?