Hot Weather Biking Tips

Summer is here and temperatures are rising, but just because it's hot out doesn't mean you have to stop riding.  We teamed up with our friends at goDCgo to create this bright, and easy to remember infographic to help you beat the heat on two wheels!

Summer Biking Checklist:

  • Water Bottles
  • Sunscreen
  • Shorts/other loose fitting or moisture wicking clothing
  • Plan for extra time

Hot Weather Tips

  • Drink up. Fluid intake keeps you cool from the inside and replaces what you lose in perspiration and breathing. Sip throughout the day and take in extra fluids during and after your ride. If your ride is short, water is best, but if you ride longer than 30 minutes, reach for a drink containing electrolytes, such as a sports drink or coconut water.
  • Dress light. Wearing shorts, short sleeves and light wicking clothing will help. If you happen to be wearing long pants, try rolling up the pant leg a few inches. For button down shirts, roll up the sleeves and unfasten a top button or two.
  • Take a load off. Get that bag off your back and use a basket or rear panniers. Your ride will be easier and your back and shoulder area will catch more breeze.
  • Take your time. Slow down and keep your exertion level low, especially on uphills where effort can be high and breeze can be low. You will get there in almost the same time – just drier!
  • Allow time for cooling off. Perspiration continues even after you finish your bike trip, in fact it can be even worse without the natural breeze of biking . After your ride, find a cool place and take it easy for a few minutes. That will help the sweating subside.
  • Pat down. Use paper towels in the bathroom or take a small towel along to pat yourself down and dry off with after your ride.

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Arlington’s Bicycle Counters

Bikes counted

View Counter Data
110 Trail
190
14th Street Bridge
2429
Arlington Mill Trail
170
Ballston Connector
342
Bluemont Connector
89
CC Connector
232
Clarendon EB bike lane
102
Custis Bon Air Park
359
Custis Rosslyn
445
Fairfax EB bike lane
60
Joyce St NB
21
Joyce St SB
13
Key Bridge East
476
Key Bridge West
309
Military NB bike lane
20
Military SB bike lane
14
MVT Airport South
676
Quincy NB bike lane
43
Quincy SB bike lane
34
Roosevelt Bridge
116
Rosslyn Bikeometer
399
TR Island Bridge
465
WOD Bon Air Park
513
WOD Bon Air West
627
WOD Columbia Pike
948
WOD East Falls Church
479
Wilson WB bike lane
169

All bike counters, YTD

View Counter Data
Year to Date
512017
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