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?

May is National Bike Month. Bicycling five miles takes 30 minutes or less, and 60% of all trips are less than five miles.

League of American Cyclists

Arlington’s Bicycle Counters

Bikes counted

View Counter Data
110 Trail
324
14th Street Bridge
1037
Arlington Mill Trail
276
Ballston Connector
174
Bluemont Connector
133
CC Connector
469
Clarendon EB bike lane
144
Custis Bon Air Park
757
Custis Rosslyn
0
Fairfax EB bike lane
82
Joyce St SB
16
Key Bridge East
809
Key Bridge West
437
Military NB bike lane
48
Military SB bike lane
57
Quincy NB bike lane
72
Quincy SB bike lane
67
Roosevelt Bridge
167
Rosslyn Bikeometer
816
TR Island Bridge
1003
WOD Bon Air Park
940
WOD Bon Air West
1209
WOD Columbia Pike
838
WOD East Falls Church
993
Wilson WB bike lane
166

All bike counters, YTD

View Counter Data
Year to Date
1105302
About Arlington’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Counter Program

Upcoming Events
Crystal City Sparket

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

National Bike and Walk to School Day

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Bike to the Game - DC United

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Events Calendar