Be a PAL - Share Our Streets

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More people in Arlington are getting around by bike and by foot. While this is great news, it does come with one little caveat -- and that's something we were all taught by our parents when we were kids: SHARING. The streets don't belong to any one of us, they belong to all of us and so we have an inherent responsibility to share the streets with everyone else using them... in a courteous and safe manner.

Image: street intersectionThe PAL campaign wants everyone to know how to easily and safely share the streets with others, and that's by being a PAL --  Predictable, Alert and Lawful. If more people know about being a PAL and the importance of sharing the streets, we can all benefit from a safer and more enjoyable journey, wherever our destination might be.

So whether you're on two feet, two wheels or four wheels, we all need to share our streets safely. Arlington County has developed the PAL program for those who drive, walk and bike.

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 around you
  • Lawful – obey the traffic laws, whether in a car, on a bike, or on foot 

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!

More About PAL

PAL two-page spread from January-February 2013 Citizen newsletter. Click to enlarge. (PDF, 1.4 MB, Adobe Reader required.)

PAL Citizen spread, thumbnail image

Each of us finds ourselves as a driver, cyclist, or walker at some point. Do our perceptions change with each mode? Watch this video to see how to be a PAL with the driver, cyclist and walker in all of us.

PAL logo

Don't be shy, let us know on our comments page what you think of the PAL campaign.  We would love to hear your comments or suggestions!

Did You Know?

You could save $816 a month if you switch from driving to public transportation for your commute.

American Public Transportation Association

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Arlington’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Counters

Bikes counted

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110 Trail
96
14th Street Bridge
560
Arlington Mill Trail
204
Ballston Connector
0
Bluemont Connector
165
CC Connector
153
Clarendon EB bike lane
142
Custis Bon Air Park
642
Custis Rosslyn
1126
Fairfax EB bike lane
96
Joyce St NB
6
Joyce St SB
13
Key Bridge East
389
Key Bridge West
212
Military NB bike lane
19
Military SB bike lane
17
MVT Airport South
2429
Quincy NB bike lane
125
Quincy SB bike lane
48
Roosevelt Bridge
432
Rosslyn Bikeometer
283
TR Island Bridge
779
WOD Bon Air Park
256
WOD Bon Air West
342
WOD Columbia Pike
265
WOD East Falls Church
272
Wilson WB bike lane
186

Peds counted

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110 Trail
392
14th Street Bridge
179
Arlington Mill Trail
428
Ballston Connector
0
Bluemont Connector
275
CC Connector
329
Custis Bon Air Park
443
Custis Rosslyn
376
Joyce St NB
57
Joyce St SB
66
Key Bridge East
1463
Key Bridge West
706
MVT Airport South
391
Roosevelt Bridge
80
TR Island Bridge
665
WOD Bon Air Park
613
WOD Bon Air West
583
WOD Columbia Pike
315
WOD East Falls Church
33223

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