Biking Through Arlington National Cemetery and Fort Myer

Photo: Arlington Cemetery entranceArlington National Cemetery and Fort Myer are administered by the U.S. military and have special rules for cyclists.

Arlington National Cemetery

As of October 2016, Arlington Cemetery allows limited access to visitors wishing to visit a grave by bicycle. Please contact Arlington Cemetery for more information on obtaining a temporary pass.

Fort Myer - Enhanced Access Control Press Release

Date: February 27, 2015
Contact: Leah Rubalcaba, JBM-HH Public Affairs (703) 696-3283

JBM-HH enhanced access control – Requirements for bicyclists and pedestrians

On Feb. 16, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall (JBM-HH) began implementation of the first phase of Secretary of the Army-directed access control measures to be phased in over the coming months. New requirements are for individuals who do not have a Department of Defense (DoD)-issued ID. These individuals will be directed to one of the two designated visitor gates for the joint base: Hatfield Gate at Washington Boulevard and South 2nd Street in Arlington, Va., on the Fort Myer portion of the joint base; and Second Street Gate at 2nd Street, south of P Street, in Washington, D.C., on the Fort McNair side.

Visitors will be subject to in-lane vetting (search lane inspection and criminal background vetting). The vetting will include a National Crime Information Center (NCIC-III) criminal history check prior to being granted access to the base. This applies to anyone wanting to get on the installation, whether travelling in a vehicle, by bicycle or on foot.

Individuals with DoD-issued IDs will be allowed access through any of the joint base’s gates during published hours of operation.

To avoid long lines and backups at the gates, visitors not affiliated with the DoD, have the opportunity to register and be vetted for an Automated Installation Entry (AIE) pass. To register for an AIE Pass, a JBM-HH access request form must be filled out and dropped off in person at the Visitor Control Center (VCC) at Fort Myer’s MP Station, Bldg. 415, between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Beginning Saturday, March 14, the VCC will open with minimum staffing from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Saturdays and Sundays. Beginning March 16, the VCC will continue to open Monday through Friday beginning at 8 a.m., but its hours will be extended until 7 p.m., with minimum staffing from 3:30 to 7 p.m.

The access request form may be found online at the “JBM-HH enhanced access control – frequently asked questions” section of our website at:

Currently, the joint base is unable to accept pass applications online, as once reported, due to the Personally Identifiable Information (PII) the application necessarily contains. Online pass request registration will be allowed at a time when a registrant’s privacy can be insured.

Once a completed, signed form is turned in at the VCC, the joint base requires three business days turn-around time for vetting. Registrants are asked to make a copy of their signed access request form for their records before arriving on base, as copies will not be provided at the VCC. Once approved, a member of the VCC staff will notify the registrant, who will then return to the VCC to have his or her photo taken and be fingerprinted. The AIE pass is issued at this time. Registrants will also be notified if they fail the background check.

There are two types of AIE passes that may be issued: 1) A “sponsored” AIE pass is good for one year. This requires the registrant to be sponsored by someone who has a DoD ID card; 2) A “nonsponsored” AIE pass is good for 60 days. Anyone holding a “non-sponsored” AIE pass is subject to search. Once an AIE pass has expired, the pass holder will be required to re-register by filling out and submitting a new JBM-HH access request form and repeating the vetting process.

For clarification, a DoD ID is one issued by the Department of Defense – the U.S. Army, Marines, Navy, and Air Force – to its active duty personnel and their immediate family members; to Army, Marines, Navy and Air Force retirees and their immediate family members; and to its civilian personnel. This also includes personnel working for the Secretary of Defense. Please know that other federal agencies, such as the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security, and DoD contractors are not authorized to sponsor someone for an AIE pass.

Requirements for bicyclists and pedestrians

From now through April 16, bicyclists (who are not DoD ID card holders and who traverse the Fort Myer and Henderson Hall portions of Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall) will have the opportunity to be vetted and receive an AIE pass following the registration guidelines noted above. In the interim, up through April 16, bicyclists will be allowed access to traverse the base through any of its three operational gates during normal hours of operation:

  • Hatfield Gate (Washington Blvd. at 2nd Street Bridge) open 24/7
  • Wright Gate (Marshall Drive at North Meade Street) open 5 a.m.–11 p.m.
  • Henderson Hall Gate 1 (Southgate Road at South Orme Street) open 5 a.m.–11 p.m. During this time, bicyclists will be required to show a valid, photo ID and follow the joint base’s rules for riding a bicycle on base:
  • Wear an approved helmet that meets or exceeds American National Standards Institute or Snell Memorial Foundation Standards for bicycle helmets.
  • Obey all traffic signals, signs and devices except when dismounted, at which time the rules pertaining to pedestrians will apply.
  • Ride single file when vehicle traffic is present. Bicyclists may not ride more than two abreast.
  • Ensure the bicycle is equipped with a front clear reflector and red rear reflector if in operation from one-half hour before sunset to one-half hour after sunrise. Bicyclists will wear a reflective upper outer garment during hours of reduced visibility.
  • Do not wear or use headphones, earphones or cell phones while riding a bicycle. After a bicyclist receives an AIE pass, he or she will be allowed access through any of the three JBM-HH gates on the Fort Myer and Henderson Hall portions of the base.

After April 16, any bicyclist who wants to traverse the base and is not vetted will be directed to Hatfield Gate to begin the vetting process.

The vetting, access request and pass renewal processes will be the same for pedestrians who wish to access any of portion of Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, to include Fort Myer, Henderson Hall and Fort McNair.

All bicyclists and pedestrians will still be required to carry a valid, photo ID along with their AIE pass and may be asked to present the valid ID at any time. Registrants may email questions to Please allow up to three business days for an email response. ###

Alternative Routes to Fort Myer & Future Planned Connections

There are a number of planned projects that will make traveling from one side of Fort Myer to the other side much easier and safer.  See the below list for future planned connections:

  • When completed, people will be able to take the new Route 110 trail between Memorial Circle and the Pentagon North parking lot. This will provide a safer and more direct route that avoids the various grade-crossings of the GWMP. This project is currently undergoing an EA with the NPS and is funded through construction. The project timeline will be updated after the completion of the EA, with construction anticipated for no earlier than 2018. (Route 110 Trail/Memorial Drive to the Pentagon Project Information)
  • Phase II of the Washington Boulevard Trail will provide an off-street alternative to riding on S. Courthouse Road. Final engineering plans have been developed and we anticipate being able to bid the project and start construction by the end of 2015, with the trail opening in 2016. (Washington Boulevard Trail Project Information)
  • The Army Navy Country Club service road will provide an alternative connection from the end of the Washington Boulevard Trail to the Pentagon City area that will help cyclists avoid having to ride through the Washington Boulevard interchange and along the busy section of Columbia Pike and S. Joyce Street east of there. This project is in the Capital Improvement Plan for construction in 2022-2023. (Columbia Pike Multimodal Street Improvements Project Information)
  • The Boundary Drive interchange project will improve the quality of the connection from Boundary Drive to Long Bridge Park and will allow for the completion of the lagoon connection to the Mt. Vernon Trail which will provide a more direct connection to Crystal City and Pentagon City for some riders. This project is listed in the Capital Improvement Plan for major construction starting in 2016 with completion in 2018. (Boundary Channel Drive Interchange Project Information)

For an interactive map of current alternative routes around Ft. Myer click on the below image:

Alternative Routes

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