Biking in Alexandria
Recently awarded the honor of being a Silver-level Bicycle Friendly Community, 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. And don't worry if you didn't bring your bike, we've got you covered with tours, rentals, and shops to get you on your way.
Alexandria Biking Tours and Trails
- 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.
Biking in Alexandria
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.
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
Biking Safety Rules
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.
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.