Enjoy Arlington by Bike! Web Contacts
you on Metrorail, Metrobus, ART, and most other local
bus systems. Bikes are allowed on Metrorail all day on
weekends and most holidays, 10 am – 4 pm and after
7 pm on weekdays. For more commuting information
please visit: BikeArlington.com/BikeCommuting
Security on the trails
● Serious crime can occur anywhere, including on trails
and in parks. It is important to make special efforts to
protect yourself and discourage crime.
This is the place to go for all your local biking
information, safety tips, event calendars, online
Bike Map 2012
bike maps, bicycle tours and much more.
● Choose a safe time and place to exercise, and exercise
● Ride predictably so that others can see you and predict
in well-populated, well-lighted places. Be aware of WashingtonAreaBikeForum.com BikeArlington.com
PAl: Safety on our Streets your movements. Use hand signals to indicate turns. Keep your Bike Secure any personal safety problems in the area(s) in which
The Washington Area Bike Forum is
you exercise. If in doubt, check with the Arlington an online community where cyclists
As more people go on ● Make eye contact with motorists and pedestrians The Arlington County
Police. The Washington and Old Dominion (W&OD) in the greater Washington, D.C.
Arlington’s Car-Free Diet, there before crossing paths. Police Department can help
Trail south of Columbia Pike and the Route 50 Trail metro area can come together to
are more cyclists and walkers you register your bicycle,
● Except when signaling, always keep both hands on the east of Glebe Road are highly visible trail sections and discuss any and all topics relating to
sharing the street with drivers. Whether you’re on two report a theft and even
handlebars and be ready to brake. Use secure racks or readily observed by neighboring residents and passing bicycling. From new rider questions,
help recover your bicycle if J OIN THE
feet, two wheels or four wheels, everyone needs to be a packs for carrying items or packages.
motorists. W ASHINGTON A REA to bike maintenance, to commuting
it is stolen. you can report B IKE F ORUM.
PAL to safely share the streets. routes, the Washington Area
● Go slower and use caution when the road is wet or icy,
an abandoned bicycle by ● Tell someone where you are going and when you will
or when visibility limited. Bike Forum is the place to ask (and answer!) any
Being a PAL means being: calling 703-228-4057. return; better still, exercise with a buddy. Bicycling and
questions you may have.
● Predictable—travel in a predictable way; don’t make ● Be visible; use lights, and reflectors are required when running clubs often organize group rides or runs and
Registering your bicycle with the Arlington County Police
sudden unexpected moves riding at night. Brightly colored or reflective clothing can help individuals find training partners. twitter.com/BikeArlington
Department (703-228-4057) is not mandatory, but strongly
can help increase visibility.
● Alert — pay attention to your surrounds and to others ● Keep fully alert and aware of your surroundings To stay up to date on biking
recommended. There is no cost for registration. For more
● Avoid bicycling upon sidewalks, especially in areas while exercising outdoors. Refrain from wearing in Arlington, follow BikeArlington
● Lawful—obey traffic laws, whether in a car, on a bike, information on keeping your bike secure, or to register
where motorists may not expect bicyclists or may have headphones and other devices which diminish your on Twitter.
or on foot online go to: BikeArlington.com/BikeSecurity
obstructed visibility. ability to hear.
visit BikeArlington.com/PAL for more information. Bike parking tips include: Facebook.com/
● Keep your bicycle in good working condition. ● Immediately report any BikeArlington
Also, only ride a bicycle that is sized and adjusted ● Lock your bike whenever it’s not being ridden. Most
More Safe riding tips suspicious or criminal
Join the ever growing community of
to fit you. stolen bikes are not locked up. Lock up even when in a activity witnessed to
Bicycles offer many opportunities for recreation, people who enjoy biking and stay up to
The virginia Department of Transportation (vDOT) offers garage or storage shed and lock the shed and garage the Arlington County
exercise and personal transportation, but they must date on fun and exciting biking events in
an extensive list of laws and safety tips for bicyclists, doors. Always lock your bike to a solid object and Police. Telephones have
be ridden with safety in mind. Following the tips and around Arlington County!
including where to ride, signaling and changing double check to make sure your lock is closed. been installed along
listed below will make you a safer and more Arlington’s
directions, and helmet use on their Laws and Safety Tips ● Choose a parking location visible to passersby. Bikes are many trails and in parks
page (virginiadot.org/programs/bk-laws.asp) less likely to be stolen in high visibility areas. that permit emergency
● Obey all traffic signals, signs and lane markings. calls at no cost (911
● For bicycles with quick-release wheels, lock both wheels
● Ride on the right side of the road with the flow of Bikes on transit calls only). Symbols on
and the frame to a secure structure.
traffic. Pass slower moving or stopped vehicles on the map indicate general locations of the telephones.
Arlington offers many
their left. ● Remove easily detached items, such as packs, pumps When calling Police or emergency services, try to be
transit options, and bicycling
and lights, before leaving a bicycle unattended. as specific as possible about the incident location.
● Ride far enough away from the curb to stay clear of combines well with them all.
opening car doors, potholes, debris and sewer grates ● The Arlington County Police Department strongly Colored and numbered locator signs are installed
Park your bike at a Metro
and to maintain a straight line. recommends the use of a U-lock due to larcenies of along most trails to identify your location.
station or bus stop and take
● Be alert, scan the route ahead for traffic, opening car the bus or rail. you can bikes using chains and cables.
even take your bike with Printed with environmentally friendly inks on paper manufactured with
doors, pedestrians and obstacles on the road surface. 50% post-consumer fiber and 50% virgin fiber. 1/2012
On Street: Safe Cycling on the Road Off Street: Share the Trail Bicycle Friendly Business Program
Share the road and share the responsibility for making Share the trail and share the responsibilities. Is your work place bike friendly? Would you
your bike trip a safe one. Cyclists, motorists, and Those who use the trail get along better when like it to be?
pedestrians get along better when they show they show courtesy and consideration.
courtesy and consideration.
Stop f you’d like your work place to be bicycle friendly, please need Help?
pass this information on to your business representatives
To find out more information on the Bicycle Friendly
Use appropriate hand Yes No Ride in the appropriate Control your speed Keep to the right
(Human Resources Manager, Property Manager, or a
Left Right Slow Business program visit bicyclefriendlybusiness.org.
Slow Slow Facilities Manager), and give them the opportunity to learn
signals position and lane • Slow down when the trail is • All trail users should keep BikeArlington is available to provide assistance throughout
how they can benefit from making it easy for employees
• Tell motorists, cyclists and • Do not ride in a right turn only busy, potentially slippery, or if to the right except when the application process and will continue to work with
pedestrians when you intend lane if you are going straight.
Yes sight lines are obstructed. passing. and residents to bike to work and receive national
Stop Left Right No awardees to implement bicycle friendly programs and
to do. Be predictable. Yes
Yes • Move into the appropriate Slow
Slow • Move off to the right of recognition for doing so.
Left Right No
No practices. Organizations that do not yet meet the standards
Left Right • Let other motorists , cyclists lane early. the trail when stopping.
The League of American Bicyclists’ Bicycle Friendly for a Bicycle Friendly Business award can also receive
and pedestrians know what Yes
Yes No • In narrow lanes or slow traffic,
Left Right No Be visible Be alert Business (BFB) program nationally recognizes employer assistance in making improvements and preparations for
you are doing. it may be safer to take the *
• Wear bright or light colored • Be alert to trail conditions. efforts to encourage a more bicycle friendly atmosphere future program designation.
Be alert, scan the road clothing with reflective * *
• Watch for slippery surfaces for employees and guests, such as providing secure
For more information or to contact BikeArlington visit
• Always know your Follow all traffic laws material or straps. such as bridges, wet bike parking or shower facilities. A BFB practices social
BikeArlington.com/BFB, call 703.247.9299 or email
• Bikes are required to obey all • Use lights when riding in low sections, ice, and gravel. responsibility by integrating bicycling into the business
visibility conditions, including * firstname.lastname@example.org.
regulatory signs and traffic * • Watch for debris in the culture and giving employees the opportunity to be active
lights. darkness. At least one front trail.
Yes stewards of their personal and environmental health
Left Right No white light and one rear red • Ring bell for others where Current Bicycle Friendly Business and
flashing light. visibility is restricted. university Designations in Arlington County
Be careful at intersections
• Use caution since most Signal when passing Why be a Bicycle Friendly Business?
Two Wheels or Two Feet: Sharing the Way ● Revolution Cycles City Hub (Crystal City)
collisions occur at intersections. • Use your voice, bell or horn
● Healthy employees are hardworking, on-time employees
Watch for turning vehicles. to inform others that you Arlington’s multi-use trails are shared and enjoyed SILvER
who use less sick leave
• Those being passed can
by bicyclists, pedestrians, runners, skaters, cross-
country skiers, dog walkers, baby strollers, persons in
● Reduces your company’s carbon footprint
● Arlington County Government
● Corporate Executive Board
● Crystal City Business Improvement District
acknowledge with a wave. wheelchairs and others. Use courtesy and common sense ● Supports a sustainable business plan and promotes
● Destination Sales & Marketing Group
Ride in a straight line Lights for your bike to avoid collisions — especially when the trails are most a positive community impact
● Excella Consulting
• Do not dodge between • Use lights when riding in low Cell phone and earphone ● Phoenix Bikes
crowded. For more information on proper trail use, ● Employers who appreciate workers’ personal needs
parked cars. visibility conditions, including dangers have less employee turnover ● Revolution Cycles (Clarendon)
please visit BikeArlington.com/SharingTheWay.
darkness. At least one front • Keep the trails safe and
● Supporting bike commuting is less expensive than an BROn zE
Yes No white light and one rear red communication with other
Safety icons courtesy of the City of Calgary in-office fitness facility ● Java Shack
flashing light. trail users clear by avoiding
● John Snow, Incorporated
using cell phones and ● Healthier employees can reduce health insurance costs
● Paramount Group, Inc
Beware of car doors — Always wear a helmet earphones on the trail.
● Reduces your company’s need for vehicle parking
they can open at any time • Helmets dramatically reduce spaces, fleet vehicle costs and taxi expenses
No ● BAE Systems
• Ride at least 5 feet away from the risk of head injury in a
● Employees will see commuting as personal time to ● Consumer Electronics Association
parked vehicles. bicycle accident.
Yes No relax instead of increasing stress
BICyCLE FRIEnDLy UnIvERSITy
● George Mason University (Arlington Campus) – Bronze
PHOTO: WASHInGTOn AREA BICyCLIST ASSOCIATIOn
“The amazing thing about Capital
Bikeshare is that you keep discovering A joint program of Arlington
bikes stations new ways to use it.” and the District Department of Transportation, Capital
Bikeshare puts 1,200+ bicycles at your fingertips. you can
across Arlington, VA and Washington, DC
choose from over 150+ stations across Arlington, vA and
Washington D.C. and return it to any station near your Confident City Cycling Classes Arlington County
destination. Check out a bike for your trip to work, to the To promote safe and fun riding, Arlington County and 703-247-9299, email@example.com
“I love exploring the city by Metro, to run errands, go shopping, or visit friends and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) offer
bike and checking out new sites and Arlington Bicycle Advisory Committee
family. Confident City Cycling classes to educate you on the skills
you need to incorporate bicycling into your daily routine.
Membership Fee Trail Maintenance
A full selection of classes is offered, with something
One Day (24 hrs) $7* 703-228-6524, firstname.lastname@example.org
3-Day $15* for everyone—from the complete beginner to the
30-Day $25 experienced cyclist looking for advanced safety education. Capital Bikeshare
Annual $75 CapitalBikeshare.com
visit BikeArlington.com for the full schedule of classes.
“When I walk off Metro, the bikes 877-430-2453, email@example.com
Your cost equals your membership fee plus usage fee.
are right there waiting for me. It saves
me time and I get some exercise!” Arlington County Police Department Classes Bike Shops & Rentals
real time Bike and Station information BikeArlington.com/BikeShops
For current bike availability and a map of stations please
check out CapitalBikeshare.com or download the mobile The Arlington County Police Depart-
ment has officers able to provide
app, SpotCycle, for on-the-go information.
Alexandria Bicycle Program
bicycle safety instruction to groups of
Corporate Partners alexandriava.gov/localmotion
school-aged children when requested 703-838-3800, firstname.lastname@example.org
There are many ways your organization can support by a community organization such as a
4 Capital Bikeshare and become a steward of one of the
religious institution, civic association, District of Columbia Bicycle Program
newest and greenest transportation programs in the ddot.dc.gov
$ service club, scout troop or youth group. Contact the
1 3 country. Go to CapitalBikeshare.com to learn more 202-673-6836, email@example.com
2 about becoming a corporate member, subsidizing your Police Department at 703-558-2222 to determine when an
$ Fairfax County Bicycle Program
$ $ return employees’ memberships, purchasing bulk memberships
for events and conventions, or purchasing your own
officer would be available.
join take ride
station. league of American Bicyclists Classes firstname.lastname@example.org
join take Return the bike to any
Bank on DC youth and adult bicyclists may want to check out the
Capital Bikeshare station. goDCgo
Go to CapitalBikeshare.com take ride
Run an errand, go to a return
Repeat as many times as If you don’t have a debit or credit card you can join Effective Cycling instruction offered by the League of godcgo.com
to sign up for annual and take take ride meeting, see the sites, ride to you like.
Use your key or unlocking ride return Capital Bikeshare through our partnership with Bank on American Bicyclists. Certified instructors teach a variety 202-299-2186, email@example.com
30-day memberships and code (24-hour or 3-day class, connect to Metro. The DC. visit BankonDC.org for more information. of classes for nominal fees to ages eight and up. Courses
members) to access a bike at first 30 minutes of every trip Virginia Department of Transportation
we’ll mail you a key. range from riding in traffic and emergency maneuvers to
are free. Don’t forget to bring *For 24-hour or 3-day memberships, a preauthorization hold of $101 virginiaDOT.org
any Capital Bikeshare station.
Get a 24-hour or 3-day your helmet.
per bike will be placed on your credit card. This serves as a security tour preparation and bicycle mechanics. For the name and 800-835-1203, TTy 711, firstname.lastname@example.org
deposit and will be returned to you when the hold expires which is
membership at any Capital number of an instructor near you, write to the League
determined by your credit card company.
Bikeshare station. Use a credit Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA)
of American Bicyclists, 1612 K Street nW, Suite 800,
card to obtain an unlocking
code and take as many trips CapitalBikeshare.com Washington, D.C. 22206, 202-822-1333 (TDD 711) or email 202-518-0524, email@example.com
as you would like for 24 hours
or 3 days.