Biking in Alexandria
Recently awarded the honor of being a "Silver Level Bicycle Friendly Community" by the League of American Bicyclists, 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
- Mount Vernon by Bike and Boat. With this premier package, start in Alexandria and cycle to George Washington's Mount Vernon, where you can enjoy touring the historic estate, grounds and museum. In the afternoon, board the Potomac Riverboat Co.'s Miss Christin for a narrated boat cruise back to Old Town.
- Bike to Mount Vernon. Pedal along the waterfront Mount Vernon Trail with a Bike and Roll bicycle rental to George Washington's Mount Vernon estate and tour the grounds before biking back to Old Town Alexandria.
- Mount Vernon Trail. This 18 mile walking/running/biking path takes you from Rosslyn (just across the bridge from Washington, DC) to George Washington's historic 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.
- Area trails. Check out other trails in the Washington, DC region.
- Self Guided biking and walking tours. Use the links found on LocalMotion to find several biking and walking tours so you can go at your own pace.
Biking in Alexandria
With a Capital Bikeshare membership, pick up a bike from one of the many stations throughout Alexandria to get around the city and drop off bikes at any of the 200+ stations across the Washington, DC region.
- City bike map. LocalMotion provides Alexandria city bike maps, as well as paper versions 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). To request a paper version, contact LocalMotion at (703) 746-4086.
- Interactive bike map. "Ride the City" provides point-to-point bike directions, taking into consideration local routes and other access information.
- Regional bike map. Check out this comprehensive map to see a biking map of the greater DC area, including Arlington, Alexandria and parts of Maryland.
- State bike map. For long-distance travelers, use this official state bicycle map from the Virginia Department of Transportation. You can also receive a paper version via this request form.
Bike lanes (either dedicated or shared) are available on Cameron, Prince and Pendleton sts. in Old Town as well as Commonwealth Ave., Mt Vernon Ave. and Braddock Rd. in Del Ray. Soon to come are bike lanes on King St. For more details, see the Alexandria Bike Map.
Bike racks have been installed along sidewalks near many local businesses and other locations for your convenience, like along King St. in Old Town and Mount Vernon Ave. 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.