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
367
14th Street Bridge
1240
Arlington Mill Trail
145
Ballston Connector
194
Bluemont Connector
112
CC Connector
795
Clarendon EB bike lane
152
Custis Bon Air Park
538
Custis Rosslyn
934
Fairfax EB bike lane
100
Joyce St NB
11
Joyce St SB
24
Key Bridge East
778
Key Bridge West
545
Military NB bike lane
25
Military SB bike lane
32
MVT Airport South
1066
Quincy NB bike lane
51
Quincy SB bike lane
54
Roosevelt Bridge
332
Rosslyn Bikeometer
864
TR Island Bridge
730
WOD Bon Air Park
354
WOD Bon Air West
680
WOD Columbia Pike
326
WOD East Falls Church
546
Wilson WB bike lane
174

All bike counters, YTD

View Counter Data
Year to Date
4380639
About Arlington’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Counter Program

Upcoming Events
Oktoberfest

Saturday, October 1, 2016

6th Annual Arlington Fun Ride

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Walk/Bike to School Day

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Events Calendar

News Headlines
Amtrak expands bicycle program

Kimberly Woods, September 21, 2016, Amtrak

Pedestrian hit by car on Columbia Pike

September 30, 2016, WUSA9

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