How to Bike to the Metro

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There are times when you need to Metro to wherever it is you are going even if biking is your favorite mode of transportation. See how Metro has made it easy for you to do both.

Arlington has great transit access. If you live outside the Rosslyn-Ballston and Route One corridors, it can feel just out of reach. The Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) understands that biking to the stations is a good option for commuters, so there are ways to lock up your bike, travel with your bike, and access bikeshare at stations across Arlington.

Park at Metro Stations

Bicycle Racks

The standard and plentiful. Metro owns and operates 2,400 bike racks, which can be identified using Rackspotter. Remember to use a U-lock and secure the wheels, seat, and remove lights and small objects when locking up your bike outside.

Arlington Metro stations with Bike Racks: All except Arlington Cemetery

Bike Lockers

Some Metro stations have a special type of locker made for bicycles. They look like large beige boxes, with a blue, “I’m a bicycle locker!” sticker on the side. If you’re a frequent bike-to-Metro rider, these are a great long-term storage option. The boxes unlock with a unique key and are fully covered, which protects your ride from theft and weather. Email WMATA to rent a locker.

Arlington Metro stations with Bike Lockers: Clarendon, Virginia Square, and Pentagon City

Take Your Bike on Metro

Bicycles are permitted on railcars during all hours of service which is great for people who simply want to complete their journey on a bike or break up their long commutes. Standard-sized bikes, tandem, e-powered, and folding bicycles are all permitted.

The rules for riding haven’t changed, so be courteous when boarding trains by using train cars with space, use front and rear doors, and take the elevator down to the mezzanine and platform levels.

Ride Bikeshare

If you prefer to keep your bikes locked up at home, then Capital Bikeshare is a great option for you. With docks near every Metro station, an expanding web of neighborhood stations, and a handy mobile app, you can easily pick up a bike near home and ride straight to the Metro station.

Arlington Metro stations with Capital Bikeshare: All except Arlington Cemetery and Pentagon

Plan Your Route

Now that you know some of the options for parking, riding, and traveling with your bike, start planning your route.

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Editor’s Note: This blog was published in January 2018 and has been republished by Suzanne Patel to include WMATA’s bikes on Metro announcement released in January 2019.

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