The League of American Bicyclists has named Arlington a Silver-level Bicycle Friendly Community for the third time since 2007.
The County is just one of 75 communities across the nation to achieve that rating – out of 371 ranked by the League. The organization estimates that 69 million people now live in Bicycle Friendly Communities in the United States, with Virginia home to 11 ranked communities.
Localities are evaluated by how strong an environment they create for bicycling as a real transportation and recreation option for everyone.
“Applying for this ranking gives our County a thorough assessment of how our bikeability compares to other communities around the country and offers direct guidance on how and where we can improve,” said Dennis Leach, Arlington’s Director of Transportation. “Arlington is committed to improving its bicycle infrastructure, information and education and outreach efforts to make cycling a more attractive transportation option for both experienced and beginner riders.”
Twenty-four communities earned a Gold-level rating, and four received the highest rating of Platinum. Applicants answer more than 100 questions, and their submissions are reviewed by national bicycling experts and local cyclists.
Bicycling is just one of many options for getting around Arlington. The County’s transportation program also provides a local bus service, Arlington Rapid Transit, supports carshare and bikeshare, walking and programs such as Complete Streets that make roads work for everyone.
To learn more about bicycling in Arlington, visit the BikeArlington website. You’ll find maps, safety tips, bicycling classes and much, much more.