PAL: Safety on Our Streets

Be a PAL (logo)As more people go on Arlington's Car-Free Diet, there are more cyclists and walkers sharing the street with drivers.  Whether you're on two feet, two wheels or four wheels, everyone needs to be a PAL to safely share the streets.

Being a PAL means being:

  • Predictable - travel in a predictable way; don't make sudden unexpected moves
  • Alert - pay attention to your surrounds and to others
  • Lawful - obey traffic laws, whether in a car, on a bike, or on foot

More information about the PAL program is available on CommuterPage.com. If you'd like to help us spread the word, we've made it easy for you to share our PAL messaging with our handy toolkit.

Safety & Courtesy Tips

Click to enlarge this street scene as a low resolution image (JPEG, 1 MB), or as a high resolution PDF (PDF, 4.6 MB, Adobe Reader required). It illustrates some useful safety and courtesy tips for walking, cycling and driving. Spanish version (PDF, 3.2 MB, Adobe Reader required).

Graphic: PAL street scene

Videos

Be a PAL video:

BikeArlington PSA - Don't Run Red Lights!

"Share the Road" video on how to avoid the dreaded right hook--when biking and driving:

"Share the Road" video on how to keep bicyclists safe from being "doored:" 

"Share the Road" videos produced by Washington Area Bicyclist Association and the District Department of Transportation.

Did You Know?

The average person loses 13 lbs. their first year of commuting by bike.

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News Headlines
What to do if you're in, or see, a bicycle crash

Megan McCarty, April 18, 2014, GGW

D.C. has relatively safe streets, but needs improvement

Martin Di Caro, April 18, 2014, WAMU

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