Biking in Alexandria During SafeTrack

Page updated on Jan 17, 2018 at 11:25 AM

What is SafeTrack?

SafeTrack is WMATA’s (Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority) solution to ongoing safety and repair issues that have troubled the region for quite some time. The SafeTrack program works to advance existing, planned track work in a safe and controlled environment. Planned maintenance surges will impact the City of Alexandria and the entire region for at least a year.

To best handle the expected (and unexpected) delays, single tracking and shut downs in parts of the Metrorail system, commuters should prepare and educate themselves by knowing their options, including biking. For information on other modes, check out the City’s SafeTrack page, and the "Additional Resources" section at the bottom of this page.

Safety Surges #3 and #4 will have the most immediate impact on commuters coming from, through and to Alexandria: 

  • SAFETY SURGE #3: JULY 5 (8 PM) - JULY 11, 2016 (6 DAYS)
    Blue and Yellow Lines will be completely shutdown between the Braddock Road and National Airport stations 
  • SAFETY SURGE #4: JULY 12 - JULY 18, 2016 (7 DAYS)
    Blue and Yellow Lines will be completely shutdown between the National Airport and Pentagon City stations 

Biking Between Braddock Road and Pentagon City via Crystal City

Will SafeTrack impact your weekday commute between July 6 – 18 during Surges #3 and #4? Why not try biking?  

The total trip time between the Braddock Road Metrorail Station and Pentagon City via Crystal City is less than 30 minutes for most cyclists, and is a great way to conveniently complete your trip or get around the surge shutdowns. The trip is almost exclusively on the Potomac Yard Trail and dedicated on-street bike lanes, making for a low stress, flat, and enjoyable commute. From Crystal City and Pentagon City, bicyclists can easily connect to the Mount Vernon Trail and ride to their destinations in Washington, DC and north Arlington. There are several Capital Bikeshare stations located at each Metrorail Station, and points in between, as well as plenty of bike racks for people choosing to ride their own personal bicycle. 

Directions in the Northbound Direction: Braddock Road - Crystal City - Pentagon City

Directions in the Southbound Direction: Pentagon City - Crystal City - Braddock Road

NOTE: The scheduled Bike Trains have been canceled due to low turnout. If you are interested in trying out biking during the Safety Surges, and would like to have an experienced rider provide assistance,  please contact Ray Hayhurst, Complete Streets Coordinator, at, for more information. 

Potomac Yard Trail

Additional Wayfinding

Low stress bike routes will be marked by special signs for the duration of the surge. By starting at any of the affected Metro stations in Alexandria and Arlington, you can simply follow posted signs to reach your destination. Just look for signs similar to the ones below.

Pentagon City Wayfinding NBBraddock Wayfinding Sign SB

Capital Bikeshare

  • There are 24 Capital Bikeshare stations in Alexandria, with eight more coming soon! During SafeTrack, Capital Bikeshare is offering single rides of up to 30 minutes for $2, in addition to the existing membership options.
  • An additional 10 docks have been added to the bikeshare station at the Braddock Road Metrorail Station (near Madison Street & West Street).
  • Capital Bikeshare stations can be easily accessed at Eisenhower Avenue, King Street, Braddock Road, Crystal City, and Pentagon City Metrorail Stations, as well as destinations in between and throughout the region. The system-wide station map can viewed here.
  • Don't know how to use Capital Bikeshare? Get familiar by following this helpful guide.

Additional Resources


For more information on biking in Alexandria during SafeTrack, please contact Ray Hayhurst, Complete Streets Coordinator, at