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 surroundings 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.

Be a PAL Ambassador

Hey PAL! We're building a community-driven movement to make Arlington County's streets more safe -- and we need your help. Become a volunteer PAL Ambassador: Bike billboards, block parties, pizza nights, -- all free, and on your commute home. Visit ArlingtonPALS.org to learn more!

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.

League of American Cyclists

Arlington’s Bicycle Counters

Bikes counted

View Counter Data
14th Street Bridge
2110
Ballston Connector
328
Bluemont Connector
203
CC Connector
723
Clarendon EB bike lane
192
Crystal SB bike lane
123
Custis Bon Air Park
1328
Custis Rosslyn
1692
Fairfax EB bike lane
166
Joyce St NB
41
Joyce St SB
35
Key Bridge East
1142
Key Bridge West
788
Military NB bike lane
49
Military SB bike lane
36
MVT Airport South
2598
Quincy NB bike lane
57
Quincy SB bike lane
78
Roosevelt Bridge
460
Rosslyn Bikeometer
1537
TR Island Bridge
1414
WOD Bon Air Park
1199
WOD Bon Air West
1774
WOD Columbia Pike
1002
WOD East Falls Church
1449
Wilson WB bike lane
265

All bike counters, YTD

View Counter Data
Year to Date
2485289
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