Bike Commuting

Photo: Bike Commuter and bike trail signageIn addition to being fun, bike commuting can be a great way to increase physical fitness, help the environment, and save money. The BikeArlington Forum is a great resource to help you get started.

Bicycle Commuter Act

Did you know that you can receive a $20 reimbursement per month for riding your bike to work? The Bicycle Commuter Act added reimbursement for bike commuting to the IRS' list of qualified transportation fringe benefits in 2009. Arlington employers can contact Arlington Transportation Partners for assistance in setting up tax-free transit benefits for their employees.

Planning a Route

You may know how to get to work by car or transit, but how do you get there by bike? Arlington County, and the region as a whole, has a great network of trails. In addition, the network of on-street bike lanes and routes is always expanding as well. For bike maps and more information, see the Maps & Rides page.

Bike to Transit or Bike on Transit

If you live far from work, consider combining bicycling with transit -- park your bike at a Metro station, commuter rail station, or bus stop and take bus or rail. Or take your bike with you on Metrorail, Metrobus, ART, and most other local bus systems. There are some restrictions; see the Bike on Transit page for more information.

What to Wear?

What you wear for your bike commute will depend on many factors, including outside temperature and time of day. For short commutes of up to two miles, you may be fine simply wearing your work clothes. For longer trips, you may be more comfortable in bike clothes, such as spandex shorts, jersey, and sneakers. You can change to office clothes in the restroom or locker room once at work. If you do this, consider bringing dress shoes and other dress clothing to work a few days ahead of time to lighten the load on your bike.

Helmets

Helmets will not prevent accidents; however, they are valuable protective devices proven to be effective in reducing serious head injuries and fatalities during crashes and spills. Because even a careful and skillful bicyclist will crash occasionally, it is important to wear a helmet whenever you ride. Helmets are required equipment for all bicyclists age 14 and under in Arlington, Alexandria and Fairfax County.

Bike Commuting Suggestions

  • Try a practice run on a weekend to check out the route and see how long it takes.
  • Find a co-worker or friend who bikes and commute with them. Start by trying just one day a week, perhaps on "casual" Friday.
  • Use bike panniers or a rack trunk instead of a backpack to stay cooler in warm weather.
  • Bring bike lights in case you come home later than planned.
  • Register your bike and keep it locked when unattended. (More on bike parking and security.)

Confident City Cycling Classes

Even though you know how to ride a bike, these classes can help get you ready and confident to take on your commute.  Presented by BikeArlington and WABA. For more information, see the Bike Education

RackSpotter -- Crowdsourced Arlington bike parking map

Arlington’s Bicycle Counters

Bikes counted

View Counter Data
110 Trail
764
14th Street Bridge
2182
Arlington Mill Trail
370
Ballston Connector
325
Bluemont Connector
241
CC Connector
822
Clarendon EB bike lane
220
Custis Bon Air Park
1209
Custis Rosslyn
1773
Fairfax EB bike lane
182
Joyce St NB
33
Joyce St SB
28
Key Bridge East
1231
Key Bridge West
804
Military NB bike lane
35
Military SB bike lane
20
Quincy NB bike lane
98
Quincy SB bike lane
87
Roosevelt Bridge
534
Rosslyn Bikeometer
1588
TR Island Bridge
1544
WOD Bon Air Park
1029
WOD Bon Air West
1684
WOD Columbia Pike
824
WOD East Falls Church
1272
Wilson WB bike lane
259

All bike counters, YTD

View Counter Data
Year to Date
2069710
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