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Car Free Day is a worldwide event that encourages cleaner methods of travel. This year, join us and our partners at BikeArlington as we pledge to remain car free Monday, September 23, 2024. Take the Pledge Today!

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July 16, 2024

Transit Updates: Fare Increases and a New ART Route

Effective July 1, 2024, Arlington Transit (ART) has discontinued three routes- 53, 61, and 62. In their place is Route 56 – Military Road to Rosslyn Metro. Transit riders can also expect fare increases throughout the region.

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July 11, 2024

Introducing Our Brand-New Regional Transportation Guide

Whether you work or live in Arlington you’re most likely familiar with the Metrorail operated by the Washington Metro Area Transit Authority (WMATA), but can you say you’re familiar with all the transit options the region has to offer? Arlington boasts a variety of options to get you to your end destination and while it can be overwhelming to navigate them all, ATP has got you covered.

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June 17, 2024

Champion of the Month: Bloomberg Industry Group

At the end of May, I spent the day at Bloomberg Industry Group’s employee benefits fair. While there, I spoke to 126 employees about their commuting options. Many were aware of their various benefits, but just weren’t sure how to use them. Others were excited to learn that their employer supported their ability to pursue a non-driving commute.

Better Benefits = Better Engagement

A benefits fair would be nothing without the benefits its promoting; and Bloomberg Industry Group has plenty to promote. They support their employees in almost any commute they could choose to take. For employees who prefer to use the train or bus, a direct commuter benefit is at their disposal. This is an incentive that is essential for encouraging employee mode shift as presumed cost is often the biggest barrier to getting out of the car.

For more athletically inclined employees, Bloomberg offers Capital Bikeshare Memberships as well as giving access to showers and lockers. These offers are equally supportive of employees who live close to the office and those with first and last mile challenges getting to the nearest transit. Offering employees multiple options for their benefits both incentivizes their commute and creates a more equitable work environment.

Bloomberg also knows that it isn’t just offering these benefits that got employees in the door. It’s the fact that these benefits are promoted internally, and employees are encouraged to use them. These ideas go hand-in-hand and a benefits fair where 126 people are interested in how to improve their commute is a perfect example of that. They continuously show their commitment to offering their employees the best by participating in Champions since 2015.

Let ATP Help Expand Your Benefits

Bloomberg Industry Group offers some amazing benefits to their employees, but they always strive for more. As a Gold Champion, they work consistently with Arlington Transportation Partners (ATP) to make sure they are offering the best possible programs to their employees. Through the Champions program, ATP assists with benefit implementation while giving recognition for the work you put in. Champions is open for enrollment through November 30, 2024 and there’s no better time to join than right now.

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May 30, 2024

Celebrating a Successful Bike to Work

Bike to Work Day, held on May 17th, was a success in Arlington County, with 2,159 participants attending the event. The purpose of this annual event is to promote biking as an enjoyable commuting option. It truly showed Arlington’s commitment for active commuting and its sustainability goals.

What is Bike to Work Day?

Bike to Work Day is an annual event that encourages people to commute by bike instead of using cars. The main goal is to help people understand the benefits of biking, such as improved health & reduced traffic congestion. This annual event is a reminder that including biking into our daily lives comes with many advantages.

The Benefits of Biking in Arlington

Arlington County is an exceptional place for biking, it has a large biking community and helps reduce carbon emissions, reduces traffic, and it’s a great way for you to stay fit. Another benefit to biking is that it can save commuters time and money, making it a smart financial option to implement into your daily commute. Arlington has done a great job at creating a bike friendly environment, it’s made biking easier and more enjoyable for everyone to participate.

Where to Bike in Arlington 

The Custis Trail: This well-maintained path runs parallel to I-66, connecting Arlington to Washington, D.C.

The Mount Vernon Trail: This trail is along the Potomac River offering stunning views of the DC skyline.

The Washington & Old Dominion (W&OD) Trail: A 45-mile trail providing a scenic route through Northern Virginia.

The Four Mile Run Trail: A shorter, family friendly trail alongside the Four Mile Run stream.

Non-Bike Owners Participation

Don’t own a bike? That was not an issue for most people. Capital Bikeshare stations across the DMV have made it easy for people to rent bikes, including electric bikes, at an affordable rate. Capital Bikeshare has been extremely helpful to those without bikes, it has create more involvement in the community.

A Record Turnout in Arlington County

This year's Bike to Work Day saw an incredible turnout of 2,159 registrants in Arlington County, which showed the community’s commitment to biking and active transportation. Take a look at the final registration numbers for seven Arlington pit stops.

Ballston: 579

Rosslyn: 579

National landing Water Park / national landing BID: 361

East Falls Church / WMATA: 219

Shirlington: 212

Arlington Mill / Phoenix Bikes: 132

Langston Blvd-Spout Run / Langston Blvd Alliance (pm): 77

Looking Ahead

After a successful year of Bike to Work Day, we are excited to continue our efforts in supporting and expanding the biking community in Arlington. We look forward to seeing even more participants next year and continuing to build a bike-friendly community.

Thank you to everyone who participated and made this event memorable. Your support is what makes Bike to Work Day such a special celebration!

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May 7, 2024

Gear Up for Bike to Work Day

Did you know that May is National Bike Month? There are many ways to celebrate, but you’re not going to want to miss out on the month’s largest event: Bike to Work Day (BTWD). Occurring on Friday, May 17, 2024, this annual event encourages commuters to ditch their cars and instead hop on a bike to get to work. Every year, communities around the country come together to celebrate BTWD and Arlington is no exception.

Arlington will be hosting six BTWD pit stop locations throughout the county on the morning of the event and one in the early evening. When registering for the event, you can view the full list which includes pit stops in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. Sign up for your most convenient pit stop and you can get your free Bike to Work Day t-shirt there on BTWD!

Why Participate?

Bike to Work day is not just about getting from your home to work – it’s a community-wide event that brings commuters together to celebrate a healthier, more sustainable commute option and lifestyle. Long-time cyclists and first-time participants alike will be joining together at the various pit stops for a morning (or afternoon) of fun, community engagement, and giveaways!

Energize Your Morning

One of the key benefits of participating in BTWD is the positive impact that it can have on both your physical and mental health. Biking to work is a natural way to incorporate exercise into your daily routine and you’ll feel uplifted after engaging with participants and vendors at your pit stop. In addition to giveaways, healthy snacks and water will provided at pit stops for a quick recharge before continuing on to your final destination.

An Eco-Friendly Alternative

By choosing to bike, you can reduce your carbon footprint and contribute towards a more sustainable community and future – not to mention, biking is a cost-effective form of commuting that can save you money on other parking and commuting costs.

No Bike? No Problem!

Even if you don’t own a bicycle, Capital Bikeshare (CaBi) has got you covered. CaBi has a wide array of stations located within Arlington and the surrounding Metro DC region. Simply download the mobile app or check the website out to find your nearest station. From that point, you can use your mobile app to unlock the bike and ride it to your preferred pit stop.

Register Today!

Whether you’re a long-time cyclist or a first-time bike commuter, BTWD is sure to be a fulfilling event for everyone. Who knows? Maybe you will discover your new favorite commute method while making a positive impact on your community at the same time. Even if you can’t commit to biking to work every day, participating in this event is sure to be a fun and rewarding experience.

So put on that helmet, inflate those tires, and head to your pit stop on May 17 to join Arlington Transportation Partners and hundreds of other cyclists on Bike to Work Day. You’re not going to want to miss out.

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