Biking in Alexandria
Local residents know that Alexandria is a great place to be active and go green while you're doing it! The city of Alexandria was recently awarded the honor of being a Silver-level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists. That means whether you're looking for a recreational ride down a waterfront trail, or just an easy way to get from Point A to Point B, you'll find it here. And don't worry if you didn't bring your bike-we've got you covered with tours and rentals to get you on your way.
Bike Friendly Destinations
Alexandria is truly a hub for bike activity in the Washington, DC metro area. Centrally located along the waterfront Mount Vernon Trail, this is where you'll want to begin and end your travels.
If you need some great destination ideas:
- Bike into Del Ray to check out some great boutiques and restaurants in an old-fashioned Main Street setting.
- The beautiful Mount Vernon Trail is a destination in itself. This 18 mile walking/running/biking path takes you from Rosslyn (just across the bridge from DC) to Mount Vernon. As you ride alongside the stunning Potomac River, you'll pass views of the national monuments, Arlington Cemetery, parks, Old Town Alexandria and George Washington's waterfront estate.
- There's even more to do. Check out these other area trails.
- LocalMotion has links to several biking and walking tours - some guided and some self-paced.
The city of Alexandria's "LocalMotion" site is a great resource for environmentally friendly transportation information. Check out their official city bike map, marked with bike lanes, bike routes, shared routes and more.
- Bike lanes (either dedicated or shared) are available on Cameron, Prince and Pendleton in Old Town as well as Commonwealth, Mt Vernon and Braddock in Del Ray.
- To request a paper version, contact LocalMotion at (703) 746-4086. You can also pick this map up at City Hall (301 King Street in Old Town) or the Old Town Transit Shop (1775C Duke Street, on Diagonal Road across from King Street Metro).
- "Ride the City" will give you point-to-point directions for bike riders, taking into consideration local routes and other access information.
- To see a biking map of the greater DC area, including Arlington, Alexandria and parts of Maryland, check out this regional bike map.
For more information on what to do and how to get there, don't forget the Alexandria Visitors Center at Ramsay House, located at 221 King Street in Old Town. You'll find an ATM, maps, restrooms, a gift shop and more. Our staff can answer any questions help make your visit to Alexandria a great one!
Laws can vary from state to state, so here's a look at how we do things in Virginia.
- Bicyclists must follow all traffic laws that apply to motorists.
- Bicyclists must ride on the right side of the road, along with the flow of traffic.
- In Alexandria specifically, all riders 14 or younger are legally required to wear helmets.
- Bicycles can be brought on the DC Metro except during rush hour periods (7-10 a.m. and 4-7 p.m. weekdays). You also can park your bike at most Metro stations, or attach it to the front of Metrobuses. To learn more about biking and public transportation, click here.
- Bicycling is permitted on sidewalks except where specifically prohibited, such as on King St. east of West St. (towards the waterfront) and on Union St. between Cameron and Prince.
Luckily you didn't have to lug your bike from home just to go riding in Alexandria!
Rent a bike from one of our partners - the experts at Bike and Roll or Wheel Nuts, both located conveniently in Old Town.
With Capital Bikeshare you can hop on a bike at one of several Bikeshare locations around the city and return the bike somewhere different. In the coming months, even more stations will become accessible. Check out the official website to learn more and see a map of Bikeshare stations.
Bike racks have been installed along sidewalks near many local businesses and other locations for your convenience, like along King Street in Old Town and Mount Vernon Avenue in Del Ray.
At the following locations, bike corrals replace automobile parking spaces to provide additional bicycle parking options.
Old Town waterfront on King St.
N Alfred St, just north of King St. in Old Town
Mt Vernon Ave. and E Del Ray Ave. in Del Ray
Mt Vernon Ave. and E Custis Ave. in Del Ray
Tap It is a welcome addition for thirsty travelers. With their website or iPhone app, you can find out which businesses or other locations in Alexandria will allow you to fill your own water bottle for free.