Tips for Sharing the Trail

WalkArlington and BikeArlington have teamed up to provide some tips to help bicyclists and pedestrians share trails and sidewalks. This printable PDF file has color and black-and-white versions in English and Spanish:

Two Wheels or Two Feet: Sharing the Way (PDF, 1.3 MB. Adobe Reader required.)

Tips for Being Courteous and Sharing the Trail

Some tips compiled by Arlington County:

  • All trail users should keep to the right side of the trail, except when passing.
  • Pass other trail users on their left, leave at least two feet of clearance between you and them. Give an audible warning at least two seconds before passing.
  • Pedestrians have the right-of-way on trails and sidewalks. However, groups of pedestrians should form a single-file to allow bicyclists and others to pass.
  • Travel only at speeds which are safe and appropriate for trail conditions. Safe and appropriate speeds will be lower in congested areas, when visibility is limited and around curves.
  • Pay attention to all trail markings and safety signs.
  • Move off the trail pavement whenever you need to stop.
  • Bicyclists should ride single file.
  • Keep pets on a short leash and under control at all times. The best place for pets is on the right shoulder of the trail, next to their owner.
  • Private motorized vehicles (except wheelchairs) are not permitted on the trails.
  • Trails are usually not cleared of snow and ice. If you choose to use the trails during the winter, always be alert for any snow or ice and exercise extreme care in your use of the trails.

Security on the Trails

Compiled by Arlington County:

  • Serious crime can occur anywhere, including on trails and in parks. It is important to make special efforts to protect yourself and discourage crime.
  • Choose a safe time and place to exercise, and exercise in well-populated, well-lighted places. Be aware of any personal safety problems in the area(s) in which you exercise.
  • Tell someone where you are going and when you will return; better still, exercise with a buddy. Bicycling and running clubs often organize group rides or runs and can help you find training partners.
  • Keep fully alert and aware of your surroundings while exercising outdoors. Refrain from wearing headphones and other devices, which diminish your ability to hear.
  • Immediately report any suspicious or criminal activity witnessed to police. Telephones have been installed along many trails and in parks that permit emergency calls at no cost (911 calls only). When calling Police or emergency services, try to be as specific as possible about the incident location. Colored and numbered locator signs are installed along many trails to aid in emergency situations.
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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

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