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?

Each U.S. rush-hour auto commuter spends an average of 50 hours a year stuck in traffic.

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Friday, September 22, 2017

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

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Arlington’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Counters

Bikes counted

View Counter Data
110 Trail
747
14th Street Bridge
2691
Arlington Mill Trail
382
Ballston Connector
0
Bluemont Connector
212
CC Connector
961
Clarendon EB bike lane
247
Custis Bon Air Park
1172
Custis Rosslyn
1788
Fairfax EB bike lane
168
Joyce St NB
40
Joyce St SB
38
Key Bridge East
1337
Key Bridge West
902
Military NB bike lane
45
Military SB bike lane
35
MVT Airport South
2328
Quincy NB bike lane
97
Quincy SB bike lane
118
Roosevelt Bridge
670
Rosslyn Bikeometer
0
TR Island Bridge
1438
WOD Bon Air Park
976
WOD Bon Air West
1551
WOD Columbia Pike
699
WOD East Falls Church
1216
Wilson WB bike lane
321

Peds counted

View Counter Data
110 Trail
780
14th Street Bridge
278
Arlington Mill Trail
695
Ballston Connector
0
Bluemont Connector
401
CC Connector
631
Custis Bon Air Park
519
Custis Rosslyn
314
Joyce St NB
79
Joyce St SB
111
Key Bridge East
2715
Key Bridge West
1456
MVT Airport South
241
Roosevelt Bridge
157
TR Island Bridge
974
WOD Bon Air Park
761
WOD Bon Air West
662
WOD Columbia Pike
689
WOD East Falls Church
0

All counters, YTD

View Counter Data
Year to Date
6369578
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