Hike & Bike TrailsWritten by The Woodlands Guide
Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC)
The League of American Bicyclists renewed The Woodlands Township’s status as a Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) at the Bronze level on Wednesday, June 10, 2020. The League of American Bicyclists’ Bicycle Friendly America program establishes the guidelines for how communities build and track progress toward making bicycling better in their area. More than 850 communities have applied for recognition by the Bicycle Friendly Community program. The Bronze BFC award recognizes The Woodlands Township’s commitment to improving conditions for all people who bike through investments in bike education programs, regular bike events that promote and encouraging people to choose biking, and bike infrastructure.
Every year, The Woodlands Township celebrates National Bike Month in May. The Woodlands Township has planned a myriad of fun events for cyclists of all ages and abilities to enjoy during the entire month of May. Events include social rides, public art rides, Bike to Work Day, bike maintenance workshops, Bike The Woodlands Day and so much more!
Hiking and Offroad Biking
- Creekside Park Off-road Trail
- Flint Ridge Bike Trail
- Millbend Fitness Loop
- Nature Trail Road
- Spring Creek Greenway
- Sweetleaf Nature Trail
Public Art Loops in The Woodlands Texas
Bike the Woodlands Coalition offers seven public art loop maps featuring 16 outdoor sculptures and 50+ parks, all connected by The Woodlands fabulous pathway system! These ride/walk/run loops cover many of The Woodlands' Villages.
More than 185-miles of multi-use pathways serve most of The Woodlands. Bicycle friendly streets are not yet identified in Google Maps , although there are miles of roads, major and minor with adequate shoulders for safe cycling.(2020)
Pathways in The Woodlands Texas
The Woodlands pathway system is designed to connect users to individual neighborhoods, parks, schools and retail centers. All pathways are multi-use. Users should expect to encounter all kinds of users, including walkers, cyclists and wheelchairs. Pathway maintenance vehicles are also often seen on the pathways.
To promote a safe environment for all pathway users, The Woodlands Parks and Recreation Department recommends the following:
- Show courtesy and respect to other pathway users at all times.
- Use the right side of the pathway.
- Pass other users on the left.
- Avoid putting yourself or others at risk.
- Keep dogs on a leash and clean up after them.
- Yield to wheelchairs, no matter who has the right of way.
Anyone interested in keeping our community clean and green is welcome to join the Adopt-a-Path program. Business employees, neighborhood, school groups and scout troops have all helped keep The Woodlands a beautiful place to live.
Electric Scooters on Streets and Pathways
While Texas legislation provides that electric scooters and gas scooters with engines less than 40cc may be ridden on public thoroughfares, this law only extends to counties and municipalities. The pathways in The Woodlands do not fall into this category; they are owned by The Woodlands. Therefore, motorized vehicles are prohibited from using the pathways. The only exceptions are motorized wheelchairs and the pathway maintenance vehicles.