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?

The average person loses 13 lbs. their first year of commuting by bike.

League of American Cyclists

Upcoming Events
County Wandering Walking Tour

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Champion Trees Bike Ride

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Car-Free Diet at the Columbia Pike Farmers Market

Sunday, October 29, 2017

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Arlington’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Counters

Bikes counted

View Counter Data
110 Trail
584
14th Street Bridge
1698
Arlington Mill Trail
433
Ballston Connector
0
Bluemont Connector
244
CC Connector
823
Clarendon EB bike lane
214
Custis Bon Air Park
1036
Custis Rosslyn
1173
Fairfax EB bike lane
144
Joyce St NB
101
Joyce St SB
49
Key Bridge East
1057
Key Bridge West
562
Military NB bike lane
62
Military SB bike lane
35
MVT Airport South
2429
Quincy NB bike lane
125
Quincy SB bike lane
78
Roosevelt Bridge
378
Rosslyn Bikeometer
0
TR Island Bridge
1518
WOD Bon Air Park
1522
WOD Bon Air West
1944
WOD Columbia Pike
0
WOD East Falls Church
1526
Wilson WB bike lane
274

Peds counted

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110 Trail
4455
14th Street Bridge
423
Arlington Mill Trail
849
Ballston Connector
0
Bluemont Connector
357
CC Connector
635
Custis Bon Air Park
704
Custis Rosslyn
671
Joyce St NB
127
Joyce St SB
182
Key Bridge East
4941
Key Bridge West
1992
MVT Airport South
391
Roosevelt Bridge
368
TR Island Bridge
1588
WOD Bon Air Park
1148
WOD Bon Air West
1082
WOD Columbia Pike
0
WOD East Falls Church
615

All counters, YTD

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Year to Date
7551608
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