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When it comes to being outside, many are trying to avoid it thanks to the Texas heat. However, cycling has its perks and you can create your own breeze while still enjoying the outdoors. 

A report from betterhealth.gov explained how there are many positive benefits that come from cycling. The activity can help protect you from serious diseases such as stroke, heart attack, some cancers, depression, diabetes, obesity, and arthritis. It’s also healthy, fun, and something all ages can join in on. 

In San Antonio, I asked some cyclists in Facebook groups where they like to bike in San Antonio. It can be for shade, scenery, or a challenge. Below are their responses:

Mission Espada with San Antonio Missions National Historical Park

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Mission Espada

Jacob Rux with SATX Social Ride said he enjoys the tree of life scenery at Mission Espada. Jeffrey Jasso also recommended Mission Parkway. He said, “It’s safe, scenic, and historic! Plus it’s frequented by cyclists, so you get to see other riders, cycling groups, and friends.”

“We Love Our Southside” is the The San Antonio Street Art Initiative’s first mural on the Southside.

“We Love Our Southside” is the The San Antonio Street Art Initiative’s first mural on the Southside.

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Hoefgen Avenue

Mike Jordan with SATX Social Ride said he likes riding during the day on Hoefgen Street, near the electrical substation nearby Southtown. He said he loves seeing the different murals by local artists. 

“The street is smooth and you can take pictures with your bike in front of the murals,” Jordan said.

River Road near Gruene and along FM 306.

River Road near Gruene and along FM 306.

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River Road


Arerrac Nekda said the River Road area is nice with lots of trees and winding. Sergio Vasquez agreed as he thinks it has great shade and interesting homes. The River Road Historic District is a neighborhood comprised of multiple plats dating from 1913 through approximately 1950, according to the City of San Antonio.

The majority of the area was platted in the 1920s, and most of the housing stock is reflective of the time period. The historic district is bounded by Allison Road and Trail on the north, E. Craig Place on the south, River Road and the San Antonio River on the east, and U.S. Hwy 281 on the west.

Squiggly East Contour Drive will make you feel like a Le Mans driver — just watch the speed limit.

Squiggly East Contour Drive will make you feel like a Le Mans driver — just watch the speed limit.

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Contour Drive

Charles N. Rosas said he likes Contour Drive in Alamo Heights for its awesome shade and great scenery. 

Brackenridge Park Conservancy

Brackenridge Park Conservancy

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Brackenridge Park

Noemi Castilleja from SATX Social Ride said Brackenridge Park is great for a short beautiful scenic ride. She said all the way through there are lots of trees, trails, bridges, birds, and ducks. She added there’s even a hill across from the zoo that takes you up top a hill overlooking the Japanese Tea garden and Sunken Garden Theater.

“It’s a beautiful view from above,” she said.