What is BikeArlington?
BikeArlington 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, 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 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.