About BikeArlington

What is BikeArlington?

Bicyclist on Arlington streetBikeArlington is an effort to build on an existing partnership between citizens, businesses and local government in Arlington County, Virginia, to encourage more people to bike more often in Arlington.

BikeArlington is a program of Arlington County Commuter Services (ACCS), a bureau of Arlington's Department of Environmental Services. Other ACCS programs and services include CommuterPage.com®,  CommuterDirect.com®, The Commuter Store®,  WalkArlington, Arlington's Car-Free Diet, Mobility Lab, and Arlington Transportation Partners. ACCS is a bureau of Arlington's Department of Environmental Services. ACCS is funded in part by grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT).

A Multi-faceted Program

BikeArlington is a combined effort of many – from moms and dads advocating for safe routes to schools, to County staff building safer streets, trails, and intersections, to business owners, urban designers, park planners and event planners working to create places and events that welcome cyclists.

There is a role for you, too, in helping to create a more bikeable Arlington-even if it is simply getting out and seeing the community on a bike more often.

What Makes a Community "Bikeable?" 

Why are there far fewer cars per capita in countries outside of the U.S.? What are the common denominators of the places where people bicycle the most? North America's best cities for bicycling share one thing in common: they have implemented a wide range of measures that have made bicycling safe, convenient, and comfortable. They have realized that there is no simple or single answer to this question.

The best cities for bicycling have significant regional rails linked to a network of major streets with striped bike lanes and signed bike routes. They have fixed up their streets to provide a safe and comfortable ride, and they have installed secure bike parking to ensure your bike is still there when you come back to it. They may also have reduced vehicle speeds and flows to make residential roads more conducive to riding, and they may require new office buildings to incorporate parking, showers and changing facilities.

Most likely these communities are also trying new ways to improve conditions for bicyclists by redesigning intersections and experimenting with colored bike lanes.  These communities  probably also publish a bike map, promote bicycling through events, teach bicycle safety in schools, integrate bicycles into the transit system, and enforce traffic laws that affect bicyclist safety.

In Arlington, the goal is a bikeable community, and BikeArlington is the name of the initiative to make that happen.  An inter-disciplinary, cross-cultural, citizen- and staff-driven effort, BikeArlington is part of an even bigger plan to realize Arlington's goal of urban villages; where goods, services, and other needs are located close to one another, to residences, and workers, and where bicycling is a safe, healthy, and enjoyable way to get around.

Research

Research related to the BikeArlington Program is available from Mobility Lab.

About Arlington County Commuter Services

Arlington County Commuter Services (ACCS) is a bureau of the Arlington, Virginia Department of Environmental Services. ACCS serves people who live, work, or play in Arlington by providing programs and services to make it easier to get around without a car. ACCS programs are designed to encourage the use of mass transit, carpooling and vanpooling, bicycling, walking, teleworking, and other alternatives to driving alone. More about ACCS.

photo: community ride

Did You Know?

The average person loses 13 lbs. their first year of commuting by bike.

League of American Cyclists

Arlington’s Bicycle Counters

Bikes counted

View Counter Data
14th Street Bridge
2329
Ballston Connector
377
Bluemont Connector
241
CC Connector
826
Clarendon EB bike lane
297
Crystal SB bike lane
85
Custis Bon Air Park
1335
Custis Rosslyn
1771
Fairfax EB bike lane
214
Joyce St NB
39
Joyce St SB
30
Key Bridge East
1272
Key Bridge West
848
Military NB bike lane
52
Military SB bike lane
52
MVT Airport South
2591
Quincy NB bike lane
513
Quincy SB bike lane
220
Roosevelt Bridge
527
Rosslyn Bikeometer
1614
TR Island Bridge
1702
WOD Bon Air Park
1193
WOD Bon Air West
1866
WOD Columbia Pike
971
WOD East Falls Church
1469
Wilson WB bike lane
335

All bike counters, YTD

View Counter Data
Year to Date
3056858
About Arlington’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Counter Program

Upcoming Events

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Inaugural edition of the American Century of Bikes & Brews

Sunday, August 30, 2015

George Mason Welcome Fair

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Events Calendar