Driving Tips

When you’re driving, be a PAL and follow these tips:

Photo: view from car driver's seat

  • Appreciate the vulnerability of people biking and walking. They are much more likely to end up injured in collisions due to the speed and sheer mass of automobiles.
  • Be patient and take your time. It’s not worth saving a few seconds if it causes an incident. Many severe crashes are caused by excessive speed.
  • Be attentive at intersections and check all directions. There are lots of interactions at intersections with pedestrians crossing the street and cyclists making turning movements.
  • Look over your shoulder and make sure the coast is clear before opening the car door. Bike lanes are often next to parked cars, so there is a good chance a bike is approaching.
  • Don’t right hook a cyclist by turning right across their path immediately after passing them. The cyclist is moving too, so it’s much safer to let them go ahead before moving over and making your right turn.
  • Give cyclists at least three feet of space at all times. This is a law in many states and provides breathing room for everyone.
  • When you are turning, you may have to wait for a “gap” in traffic. Beware that while you are waiting for that gap, pedestrians may have moved into your intended path. Look twice before you turn.
  • When entering a crosswalk area, drive slowly and be prepared to stop.
  • Do not overtake and pass other vehicles stopped for pedestrians.
  • Remember that you may encounter people walking and biking anytime and anywhere – even in unexpected places.
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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Arlington’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Counters

Bikes counted

View Counter Data
110 Trail
417
14th Street Bridge
1572
Arlington Mill Trail
483
Ballston Connector
0
Bluemont Connector
212
CC Connector
0
Clarendon EB bike lane
146
Custis Bon Air Park
1016
Custis Rosslyn
1788
Fairfax EB bike lane
168
Joyce St NB
40
Joyce St SB
38
Key Bridge East
1042
Key Bridge West
511
Military NB bike lane
43
Military SB bike lane
35
MVT Airport South
2328
Quincy NB bike lane
97
Quincy SB bike lane
73
Roosevelt Bridge
335
Rosslyn Bikeometer
0
TR Island Bridge
0
WOD Bon Air Park
1434
WOD Bon Air West
1551
WOD Columbia Pike
1252
WOD East Falls Church
0
Wilson WB bike lane
192

Peds counted

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110 Trail
691
14th Street Bridge
222
Arlington Mill Trail
452
Ballston Connector
0
Bluemont Connector
401
CC Connector
0
Custis Bon Air Park
371
Custis Rosslyn
314
Joyce St NB
79
Joyce St SB
111
Key Bridge East
1791
Key Bridge West
829
MVT Airport South
241
Roosevelt Bridge
116
TR Island Bridge
1373
WOD Bon Air Park
345
WOD Bon Air West
662
WOD Columbia Pike
379
WOD East Falls Church
0

All counters, YTD

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Year to Date
5736591
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