Bicycling in Alexandria
The City of Alexandria has long been committed to making cycling a safer and more convenient method for getting around. The City is committed to working with businesses, residents, and visitors alike to meet their infrastructure and non-infrastructure bicycle needs. The City’s expansion of the Bikeshare program, installation and designation of new bike lanes and routes, as well as the continual installation of bicycle parking throughout the City are just a few of the initiatives that make the City of Alexandria a nationally recognized Bike Friendly Community.
The City of Alexandria is a wonderful place to cycle. With more than 49 miles of on-street bike lanes, shared lanes, and trails, using a bike to quickly, safely, and enjoyably get around has never been easier.
Join the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) this fall for lessons on how to ride your bike in traffic and take your riding to the next level! During each class, you will learn how to prepare for your ride, where to ride on the road, how to communicate with motorists, and how to build confidence! These classes are sponsored by the City of Alexandria's Dept. of Transportation & Environmental Services and will be held at Jones Point Park.
- 9/10 - Learn to Ride, Jones Point
- 9/10 - Trail Riding Basics (City Cycle rebranded), Jones Point
- 10/9 - Basic Skills Clinic, Jones Point
- 10/9 - City Cycle, Jones Point
- 10/22 - Learn to Ride, Jones Point
- 10/22 - Youth Learn to Ride, Jones Point
- 11/6 - Trail Riding Basics, Jones Point
Visit the WABA webpage to learn more and register for upcoming classes.
E-bikes and Scooters on Trails
Electric bicycles or e-bikes and scooters have grown in popularity the past few years. This chart shows where you can ride e-bikes and scooters on the trails in our region.
- Cameron and Prince Complete Streets
- Kenwood Avenue Pedestrian and Bicycle Improvements
- Taney Avenue Pedestrian and Bicycle Improvements
- King Street Complete Streets Project
- North Van Dorn Complete Streets
- Glebe Road Bicycle Lanes
- King Street - Janney's Lane to Cedar Street
- Janney's Lane Bicycle Facilities
- Monroe Avenue Complete Streets
- North Hampton Drive Complete Streets
- Stevenson Avenue Complete Streets
- Pedestrian and Bicycle Wayfinding
- Potomac Greens Drive Advisory Bicycle Lanes
- West Taylor Run Parkway Bicycle Facilities
- Wheeler Avenue Bicycle Lanes
- Wilkes Street Bicycle Facilities
The City of Alexandria is working to increase the number of bicycle parking locations throughout the city. City crews annually install over 100 new spaces, typically at the request of citizens or businesses. Many more spaces go in each year as part of new development. Learn more at alexandriava/gov/BicycleParking.
- Trails (Shared Use Path Capital Improvement Program)
- Holmes Run Trail Chambliss Crossing
- Holmes Run Trail at Ripley Street Crossing
- Old Cameron Run Study
- Mount Vernon at East Abingdon Drive
- About Pedestrian & Traffic Signals
- Complete Streets
- Crosswalks 101
- Get Involved: Alexandria Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee
- HAWK Pedestrian Signal
- Safe Routes to School & Walk to School Day
- Bicycle Friendly Businesses
- Bicycle Education & Safety with WABA
- Bicycle Safety
- Bicycle Trip Routing Tool - D.C. Region including Alexandria
- Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan Update
- Capital Bikeshare
- Bicycle Laws in Virginia
- Where to Ride E-bikes and Scooters on Trails
- GO Alex Rider Guide
- Bicycle Registration - Bike Index, The National Bike Registry
- Bike-n-Ride on Metro
- Mount Vernon Trail Bicycle Signal
- Maps & Bikeways Network
- Pedestrian Safety
- Street Smart Campaign
Bicycle Code in Alexandria
On June 25, 2013, City Council adopted changes to the bicycle section of the City Code, Chapter 7 of Title 10, to be consistent with the State of Virginia code and neighboring jurisdictions codes. The updates to the code are also consistent with the City's Council's Strategic Plan goal to ensure safe and accessible travel for pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users, and motorists on Complete Streets, as well as with the City's Complete Streets Policy. The revised code:
- Removes the bicycle registration requirement because the National Bike Registry is now utilized nationally to register bicycles
- Makes the City Code consistent with the State code regarding how bicycles are operated on the roadway
- Allows bicycle riding on sidewalks unless a sign is posted prohibiting it. A person riding a bicycle on a sidewalk shall yield to pedestrians and give an audible signal.
- Bicycle riding on sidewalks is prohibited on King Street, from West Street to the Potomac River, and on Union Street, between Prince Street and Cameron Street.
Alexandria is a bike friendly community! Learn more about this designation, awarded by the League of American Bicyclists, at bikeleague.org.