Two People on Capital Bikeshare Bikes

New to Biking

A bike rider travels on the Mount Vernon Trail, with Memorial Bridge and the monuments in the background.Great news – Arlington is a pretty great place to bike. Thanks to its compact in size and extensive network of trails, bike lanes, bikeable streets and programs like BikeArlington, Arlington County is recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as a Silver Level Bicycle Friendly Community.

And we’re here to help you get started.

Step One: Get a bike

Or, if you already have a bike, make sure it’s in good working condition. That means, no rust on the chain, smooth shifting, working brakes (make sure those brake pads aren’t worn down), air in the tires and a bike that fits you is a plus. If you need to purchase a bike, new or used, here are some great local bike shops. If you’re not quite ready to get a new bike – consider getting a Capital Bikeshare membership.

Step Two: Ride your bike

A woman takes a bikeshare bike out of a dock.Anywhere. Ride it to your friend’s house, to the movies, around the block; ride it to the grocery store; ride out to West Virginia just for fun; ride laps around Hains Point. It doesn’t matter where or how far you bike, just make sure to ride safely (be a PAL) and enjoy the ride! Click here to request a free Arlington County Bike map be mailed to you!

Step Three: Consider a bike class

This one’s optional, but definitely helpful! If you don’t feel comfortable riding your bike in traffic yet, we offer a bunch of different classes that can get you feeling confident when you’re out on two wheels. And if you don’t know how to ride a bike – we got you covered. We also offer Learn to Ride classes for adults so you can be pedaling around town in no time! Need a helmet? You can purchase a Capital Bikeshare branded helmet at any Commuter Store!

Step Four: Make it a habit

The more you ride your bike, the easier it will be both physically and mentally. You won’t forget your bike lock or lights anymore. You’ll feel better about climbing up that hill. You’ll ride in the rain. But it’s okay if you don’t, too. Biking should be enjoyable so whatever you do, make sure biking still makes you happy!

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