Bicycling & Bike-Sharing
Bicycling for transportation is a healthy, fun, and environmentally-friendly way of getting around. The Washington, DC area has hundreds of miles of interconnected off-street trails and on-street bike routes. Bike trips are a small but growing percentage of all trips in the area, and the number of bikes in Metro station bike racks attest to cycling's importance as the first or last leg of "multimodal" trips.
The Washington, DC area has a great network of off-street trails which are shared by cyclists, walkers, joggers, and others. For more information and tips on safely sharing the trails, see the Multi-Use Trails page.
Bikesharing is public transportation using bicycles. Cities around the world have introduced bikesharing systems as a transportation option for residents and visitors.
Capital Bikeshare is the regional bike-sharing system in the Washington, DC area, with a network of bikes and docking stations in DC, Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax County and Montgomery County. Members can join for a year, a month, three days or 24 hours, or a single-ride is $2.00. Special fleet bikes can be checked out at one docking station and dropped off at any other docking station in the system with the first 30 minutes free.
Dockless Bike-Sharing Systems
Dockless bike-sharing doesn't depend on fixed docking stations for locking the systems bikes. Instead, bikes include a built-in locking mechanism and are tracked by GPS. They can be parked anywhere it's legal to park a bike. At least three companies have registered to operate dockless bikeshare systems in Washington DC.
Dockless bike-share is officially here, by Luz Lazo, September 20, 2017, Washington Post
Bicycling, Bus, and Rail
In addition to being door-to-door transportation modes, bicycling and bike-sharing can fill the gap for people that live or work a mile, or a few miles, from a transit station or stop. Many area commuters bike from home to a Metro station, and rely on public transit to get them the rest of the way to work. Bike-sharing also provides an option for those who take transit to work, but need transportation for an errand or meeting while at work.
Bicycles and the Metro System - Information from Metro about bike parking and taking your bike on Metrobus and Metrorail.
Bike on ART - Take your bike on the Arlington Transit - ART bus system.
BikeArlington - Arlington County, Virginia's bicycling outreach program. Visit BikeArlington's website for everything you need to know about bicycling in Arlington.
Capital Bikeshare - Regional bike-sharing system in the Washington, DC area.
Bicycling in Alexandria - Information from the City of Alexandria
Fairfax County Bicycle Program - Information from Fairfax County, VA
goDCgo Bike page – Information about bicycling in Washington, DC
Bike & Walk Fairfax – Fairfax County Bicycle and Pedestrian Programs aim to enhance the quality of life of our residents through enhanced safety and access on the roads for all; increased awareness of the benefits of these modes of transportation for leisure and commuting; and improved connectivity through infrastructure improvements that accommodate biking and walking within Fairfax County.
DDOT Bicycles and Pedestrians page - Information about biking and walking in DC from the District Department of Transportation (DDOT).
MCDOT Info for Walkers & Bikers - Information from the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT)
Prince George's County Bicycle and Pedestrian Program - Information from the Prince George's County, MD Department of Public Works & Transportation
Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) - One of the oldest and largest bicycle advocacy groups in the United States. Check out WABA's site for bicycling news and events, commuter assistance, and more.
Washington Area Bike Forum - Bicycling discussion forum for the Washington, DC area, presented by BikeArlington, WABA, the City of Alexandria, and goDCgo.
WashCycle - Cycling advocacy in the nation's capital.
Safe Routes to School – Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs are sustained efforts by parents, schools, community leaders and local, state, and federal governments to improve the health and well-being of children by enabling and encouraging them to walk and bicycle to school.
Be a PAL – Arlington's safety campaign encouraging drivers, walkers and bikers to share the streets by being a PAL - Predictable, Alert, Lawful.
Street Smart – Street Smart is an annual public education, awareness and behavioral change campaign in the Washington, DC, suburban Maryland and northern Virginia area. The campaign has used radio, newspaper, and transit advertising, public awareness efforts, and added law enforcement to respond to the challenges of pedestrian and bicyclist safety.