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?

Arlington County is one of only 15 Gold-level Walk Friendly Communities in the U.S.

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Bike Rodeo

Saturday, April 29, 2017 10 a.m. - noon

Car-Free Diet at Friends of the Library Book Sale

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Arts Walk - Lee Highway

Sunday, April 30, 2017 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

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Arlington’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Counters

Bikes counted

View Counter Data
110 Trail
459
14th Street Bridge
1165
Arlington Mill Trail
350
Ballston Connector
35
Bluemont Connector
145
CC Connector
566
Clarendon EB bike lane
145
Custis Bon Air Park
1002
Custis Rosslyn
939
Fairfax EB bike lane
106
Joyce St NB
33
Joyce St SB
28
Key Bridge East
816
Key Bridge West
485
Military NB bike lane
48
Military SB bike lane
42
MVT Airport South
1842
Quincy NB bike lane
19
Quincy SB bike lane
62
Roosevelt Bridge
228
Rosslyn Bikeometer
0
TR Island Bridge
3
WOD Bon Air Park
1353
WOD Bon Air West
1652
WOD Columbia Pike
1080
WOD East Falls Church
1420
Wilson WB bike lane
192

Peds counted

View Counter Data
110 Trail
789
14th Street Bridge
294
Arlington Mill Trail
854
Ballston Connector
148
Bluemont Connector
373
CC Connector
717
Custis Bon Air Park
768
Custis Rosslyn
608
Joyce St NB
77
Joyce St SB
140
Key Bridge East
2550
Key Bridge West
972
MVT Airport South
640
Roosevelt Bridge
164
TR Island Bridge
916
WOD Bon Air Park
1078
WOD Bon Air West
1072
WOD Columbia Pike
843
WOD East Falls Church
604

All counters, YTD

View Counter Data
Year to Date
2644615
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