PAL Tips

Share our Streets—Be a PAL
Compartamos las calles— Seamos amables

Whether you’re on two feet, two wheels or four wheels, everyone needs to be a PAL to share our streets safely. 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.
— LAWFUL—obey the traffic laws, whether in a car, on a bike, or on foot.

Be a PAL at Intersections / En Intersecciones

Pedestrians
  • Cross the street at marked crosswalks and intersections; before crossing, look left, right, then left again.
  • Begin crossing the street only on the “Walk” signal. Do not begin to cross after the upraised hand signal appears.
Bicyclists
  • Obey all traffic signals -- bicycles are considered vehicles when traveling on the road.
  • Cyclists are safest when they act like and are treated like drivers of vehicles.
Drivers
  • Obey all traffic signals; yield to pedestrians and cyclists in the crosswalks and when turning right on red.
  • Be careful when close to parked vehicles. Parked cars can obscure the presence of people about to enter the roadway.

Be a PAL in School Zones/ En zonas escolares

Pedestrians
  • Cross the street at marked crosswalks and intersections; before crossing, look left, right, then left again.
  • Obey school crossing guards and walk, don’t run, across the street.
Bicyclists
  • Obey traffic signs, signals and school crossing guards.
  • Bikes can use crosswalks but should ride slowly and give space to pedestrians.
Drivers
  • Obey traffic signs, signals and school crossing guards.
  • Be especially attentive around schools.
  • Be aware of reduced speed limits in school zones.

Be a PAL around Buses / Cerca de los buses

Pedestrians
  • Wait for the bus on the sidewalk at the designated bus stop.
  • When getting off the bus, wait until the bus leaves the stop to cross the street. Use a crosswalk where available.
Bicyclists
  • Stay at least 10 feet back from a bus when it’s idling at a stop light or bus stop. Buses may roll back slightly when the bus driver releases the brake.
  • Ride at least 5 feet away from parked vehicles, including unloading buses.
Drivers
  • Use caution when passing a stopped bus. There is additional pedestrian
    activity and street crossing around bus stops and stopped buses.
  • Stay at least 10 feet back from a bus when it’s idling at a stop light or bus stop. Buses may roll back slightly when the bus driver releases the brake.

Be a PAL in Wintry Conditions/ En condiciones invernales

Pedestrians
  • Snow and ice can make sidewalks slippery. Choose sensible shoes and watch your step!
  • Snow piles sometimes remain on sidewalks after plowing. If you need to leave the sidewalk, be alert to cars and bicycles.
Bicyclists
  • Wider tires with grooves or tread pattern provide better control in wintry conditions.
  • Snow piles sometimes remain on bike lanes and streets after plowing. Leaving the bike lane may be safer in these circumstances, but be alert and predictable when merging into traffic.
Drivers
  • Take your time when driving in wintry conditions.
  • Leave plenty of stopping distance between you and the car in front of you.
  • Be aware that snow piles may lead to bicyclists and pedestrians needing to share the roadway.

Be a PAL at Night / Por la noche

Pedestrians
  • Stay visible in times of poor visibility with lights, light-colored clothing and reflective gear.
  • Walk facing traffic, when possible.
Bicyclists
  • Stay visible in times of poor visibility with lights (white for the front and red for the rear), light-colored clothing and reflective gear.
  • Wear a helmet. Helmets dramatically reduce the risk of head injuries in a crash.
Drivers
  • Turn on your headlights after dark and in times of poor visibility.
  • Be especially attentive after dark.

Be a PAL on the Trails / En los caminos

Pedestrians
  • Stay to the right. If walking side by side, be prepared to walk single file.
  • Don’t stop suddenly or step to the left without first checking behind you. If you want to stop, step off the trail.
Bicyclists
  • Warn pedestrians at least 2-3 seconds before passing them; bells are best; use verbal warnings only when necessary.
  • Slow down and give pedestrians at least an arm’s length of clear space when passing. This will help avoid collisions and near misses.
Drivers
  • Be alert where trails cross streets since bikers and walkers may be crossing and other drivers may be stopping.
Did You Know?

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

League of American Cyclists

Upcoming Events
8th Annual Move Me Festival

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Car-Free Diet at Civitan Open Air Market

Saturday, April 1, 2017

National Walking Day

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Workshop: W&OD Bridge Over Lee Hwy.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 6-8 p.m.

Events Calendar

Arlington’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Counters

Bikes counted

View Counter Data
110 Trail
382
14th Street Bridge
1503
Arlington Mill Trail
193
Ballston Connector
155
Bluemont Connector
116
CC Connector
464
Clarendon EB bike lane
133
Custis Bon Air Park
552
Custis Rosslyn
936
Fairfax EB bike lane
108
Joyce St NB
18
Joyce St SB
19
Key Bridge East
679
Key Bridge West
499
Military NB bike lane
14
Military SB bike lane
18
MVT Airport South
1190
Quincy NB bike lane
50
Quincy SB bike lane
49
Roosevelt Bridge
299
Rosslyn Bikeometer
836
TR Island Bridge
707
WOD Bon Air Park
345
WOD Bon Air West
667
WOD Columbia Pike
348
WOD East Falls Church
511
Wilson WB bike lane
163

Peds counted

View Counter Data
110 Trail
412
14th Street Bridge
204
Arlington Mill Trail
483
Ballston Connector
322
Bluemont Connector
496
CC Connector
365
Custis Bon Air Park
353
Custis Rosslyn
412
Joyce St NB
59
Joyce St SB
91
Key Bridge East
1813
Key Bridge West
1043
MVT Airport South
360
Roosevelt Bridge
78
TR Island Bridge
403
WOD Bon Air Park
391
WOD Bon Air West
530
WOD Columbia Pike
409
WOD East Falls Church
551

All counters, YTD

View Counter Data
Year to Date
1738782
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