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!

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Arlington County has 50 miles of shared-use, off-street trails.

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Arlington’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Counters

Bikes counted

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110 Trail
712
14th Street Bridge
1823
Arlington Mill Trail
429
Ballston Connector
260
Bluemont Connector
226
CC Connector
0
Clarendon EB bike lane
230
Custis Bon Air Park
1130
Custis Rosslyn
1224
Fairfax EB bike lane
126
Joyce St NB
42
Joyce St SB
40
Key Bridge East
1197
Key Bridge West
580
Military NB bike lane
48
Military SB bike lane
50
MVT Airport South
2731
Quincy NB bike lane
87
Quincy SB bike lane
85
Roosevelt Bridge
324
Rosslyn Bikeometer
0
TR Island Bridge
0
WOD Bon Air Park
1609
WOD Bon Air West
1868
WOD Columbia Pike
1254
WOD East Falls Church
1611
Wilson WB bike lane
243

Peds counted

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110 Trail
705
14th Street Bridge
213
Arlington Mill Trail
526
Ballston Connector
305
Bluemont Connector
281
CC Connector
0
Custis Bon Air Park
363
Custis Rosslyn
259
Joyce St NB
62
Joyce St SB
101
Key Bridge East
2432
Key Bridge West
1251
MVT Airport South
132
Roosevelt Bridge
100
TR Island Bridge
1373
WOD Bon Air Park
411
WOD Bon Air West
494
WOD Columbia Pike
525
WOD East Falls Church
344

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4444708
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