How to bike during SafeTrack

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Want to avoid crowded highways and crowded train platforms while Metro undertakes its Safetrack program?

Check your brakes, pump up your tires, and give biking a try! We’ve got maps, events, classes, convoys and all sorts of other resources to make your SafeTrack bike commute comfortable, safe and fun.

We’ve also got tools for employers looking to make life a little easier for their staff.

Head to goDCgo for info on other ways to get around during SafeTrack.

Resources for each SafeTrack Surge:


Fort Totten to NoMa try it by bike

The Red line will be shut down between the Fort Totten and NoMa/Gallaudet Metrorail stations from Saturday, October 29th to Tuesday, November 22nd.

With the Metropolitan Branch Trail parallel to the Red line in this section corridor, riding your bike during this surge should be a breeze.

Here is WMATA’s page for this surge.

Routes & signage

If you are looking to stay on the eastern Red line corridor (Silver Spring to Union Station), we recommend the Metropolitan Branch Trail.

Here is the map:

Riders from Bethesda and areas to the west are encouraged to utilize the Capital Crescent trail from Bethesda to Georgetown.

Riders east of Bethesda can make use of signed bicycle routes on surface streets, which can be found on the DC Bike Map or by using google maps.

If you rely on the upper red line and are looking for the easiest way to get yourself on metro, Montgomery County DOT has put up signs along the route from the upper Red line stations to the West Hyattsville metro rail station. From the MCDOT SafeTrack press release:

  • Ride to the West Hyattsville Green/Yellow Line station.
    • Look for MCDOT’s bike route “SafeTrack Detour” signs that begin at station entrances at the Takoma, Silver Spring, Forest Glen, Wheaton and Glenmont stations.
    • Route distances along the Sligo Creek Trail, with local street connections, range from about five miles between Takoma and West Hyattsville to 11.6 miles between Glenmont and West Hyattsville.
    • As with any bike route, prepare for the weather and be sure your bike has a headlight.

Existing bike accommodations

The Metropolitan Branch Trail is one of the region’s premiere off-street, multi-use trails. The portion of the trail from Silver Spring to Fort Totten is incomplete, but is marked by wayfinding signs:

MBT sign image courtesy of 2mstreet.com

MBT sign image courtesy of 2mstreet.com

From safetrack.godcgo.com:

To ride from Fort Totten to NoMa, bike along the Metropolitan Branch Trail, about 4.3 miles, 22 minutes biking. Wear reflective clothing, turn on your head lamp (safety first!) and enjoy the ride.

To bike across the trail north to south, see turn-by-turn instructions here.

To bike across the trail south to north, see turn-by-turn instruction here.

Capital Bikeshare

From safetrack.godcgo.com:

For one of the most convenient ways to navigate around SafeTrack Surge #10, check out a red bike for $2 per trip. Download the SpotCycle app to locate available bikes and stations in real time. It’s FREE on the iTunes App Store and Google Play.

*Corral service will be available weekdays at Union Station from 3:30pm-7:30pm during SafeTrack Surge 10.

For more info on how to use Capital Bikeshare or to sign up as a member, visit www.capitalbikeshare.com


East Falls Church West Falls Church (November) try it by bike

The Orange and Silver lines will be single-tracking between the East Falls Church and Ballston Metrorail stations from Monday, November 28th to Wednesday, December 21st.

With a lovely and robust trail network that parallels the Orange/Silver line Metro corridor in Arlington, riding your bike during this surge should be a breeze.

Here is WMATA’s page for this surge.


Greenbelt to College Park try it by bike

We’ll have more details available soon. Check back!


Rosslyn to Pentagon try it by bike

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Braddock Road to Huntington & Van Dorn Street try it by bike

We’ll have more details available soon. Check back!


East Falls Church West Falls Church (March) try it by bike

We’ll have more details available soon. Check back!


Past surges view

East Falls Church to Ballston

The Orange and Silver lines will be single-tracking between the East Falls Church and Ballston Metrorail stations from Saturday, June 4th to Thursday, June 16th.

With a lovely and robust trail network that parallels the Metro corridor, riding your bike to Ballston should be a breeze.

Here is WMATA’s page for this surge.

Signage

BikeArlington has signed a low-stress route from East Falls Church to Rosslyn. Follow the signs that look like this:

BA Route Sign

Please note: There will not be any bike train/convoys during the week of June 13th.

Existing biking accommodations

Steps from the entrance to the East Falls Church Metrorail station is one of the region’s best off-street bike trails: The Washington and Old Dominion Trail. Thanks to Northern Virginia’s extensive bike trail network, from there you can ride a bike completely off-street and free from cars all the way into downtown Washington, DC.

Accommodations during this surge

Arlington County’s bike program Bike Arlington has been hard at work getting ready for the surge. You can check out their site here.

  • Installing a Capital Bikeshare station at the East Falls Church Metrorail station, and adding capacity to Bikeshare stations at the Ballston and Rosslyn Metrorail stations.
  • Adding bike racks at the Ballston Metrorail station.
  • Improving directional signs along bike commuter routes.
  • Providing ambassadors at Ballston Metrorail station to answer questions and offer transportation option information.

 

Eastern Market to Minnesota Avenue & Benning Road

Arlington Cemetery to Rosslyn try it by bike

The Orange, Blue and Silver lines will be shut down between the Eastern Market and Minnesota Avenue (on the Orange line) and Benning Road (on the Blue/Silver line) Metrorail stations from Saturday, June 18th to Sunday, July 3rd.

The Blue line will also be shut down between Arlington Cemetery and Rosslyn from Saturday, June 18th to Sunday, July 3rd.

Here is WMATA’s page for this surge.

Routes & Signage

WABA and WMATA have put up directional signs for both an on-street bike route and an off-street bike route connecting the Benning Road, Minnesota Avenue, and Eastern Market Metrorail stations.

Here is the map:

And the signs look like this:

Surge 2 benning mn ave

We also have printable maps that include turn by turn directions. Tape it to your handlebars and go!

Benning MN Est Mkt Flyer promo

In Arlington, the Orange/Silver line will be affected by this surge, and we recommend the route below for anyone interested in biking:


Click here for a printable map.

Ride with us

Join a group ride led by folks who know the route. We’ll ride at a speed comfortable for beginners and make sure that your commute is the best part of your day. Convoys are FREE to join and there’s no need to register. Just show up with a bike and helmet! Riders will be asked to sign waivers.

In the mornings:
Every weekday during the surge, at 7:45 AM, a bike convoy will depart from the Benning Road and Minnesota Avenue Metrorail stations, heading to the Eastern Market Metrorail station, following our routes. From Eastern Market, the convoy leaders will give riders options for continuing downtown.

In the afternoons:
Every weekday during the surge, at 5:30 PM, a bike convoy will depart from the Eastern Market Metrorail station, heading to the Benning Road and Minnesota Avenue Metrorail stations, following our routes.

Existing biking accommodations

There are bike lanes throughout Capitol Hill in the neighborhoods around the Eastern Market, Potomac Avenue, and Stadium-Armory Metrorail stations. Additionally, there is a fantastic multi-use path on both sides of the Anacostia River: The Anacostia Riverwalk Trail. Utilizing these amenities, it’s possible to bike very effectively across nearly all of the region affected by this surge.

Unfortunately, however, east of the Anacostia, those accommodations largely end. There are some signed bicycle routes on-street, but for much of Benning Rd. NE and Minnesota Ave. NE, the best place for novice cyclists to be is the sidewalk.

When riding on the sidewalk, go slowly, be courteous to pedestrians, and be prepared to get off of your bike and walk. Also be on extra alert for turning drivers.

WABA is working to improve bike facilities in the communities across the Anacostia River, and we’d love your support. To get involved, check out our advocacy resources here.

If you’re a visual learner, here’s a great video of both the on street and off street routes:

Capital Bikeshare

Bikeshare will have corrals (which means you’re guaranteed a place to dock) at the following staffed stations:

  • 17th St & K St NW in Farragut Square, Ongoing 8am to 12pm
  • 21st St & I St NW, Ongoing 8am to 12pm
  • 13th St & New York Ave NW, Ongoing 8am to 12pm
  • Eastern Market, Weekdays 8am-12pm, 6/18 – 6/25 from 4pm to 7pm

More details at capitalbikeshare.com


National Airport to Braddock Road try it by bike

The Yellow and Blue lines will be shut down between the National Airport and Braddock Road Metrorail stations from Tuesday, July 5th (starting at 8:00 PM) to Monday, July 11th.

Here is WMATA’s page for this surge.

Routes & Signage

The City of Alexandria has set up signs directing bicyclists between the closed Metrorail stations.

Here is the map:

Ride with us

Alexandria will also be setting up and leading “bike trains” during the AM commute for this surge.

Here is the City’s “Biking during SafeTrack” page. And below is their info on the bike trains:

A Bike Train is a group of commuters riding a predetermined route together, making stops along the way on a regular schedule, similar to a bus line. Volunteers from the Alexandria Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee will be leading bike trains between the Braddock Road, Crystal City, and Pentagon City Metro Stations during the weekday morning commute during Surges #3 and #4. Simply show up with your bike, or Capital Bikeshare, to any of the affected Metro Stations and be ready to ride at the time listed on the schedule below. The total trip time is less than 30 minutes for most cyclists, and is a great way to conveniently complete your trip or get around the surge shutdowns. You don’t need to know the route, as you’ll be escorted by volunteers!

Bike Trains Departure Time NB

Bike Train Departure Time SB

NOTE 1: All departure times are for weekdays between July 6 and July 18th.

NOTE 2: By participating in the bike train, riders all participants in the bike train should realize acknowledge that there are inherent dangers whenever one engages in physical activity. Participants therefore accept all responsibility and assume the risk of injury or damage that may arise, whether directly or indirectly, as a result of bicycle riding. Participants thereby release and hold harmless the City of Alexandria, its employees, agents and representatives, from any liability whatsoever related to participating in the bike train.

Northbound Bike Train: Braddock Road – Crystal City – Pentagon City

A low-stress and flat route from the Braddock Road Metrorail Station to Crystal City and Pentagon City via the Potomac Yard Trail and on-street bike lanes.

Southbound Bike Train: Pentagon City – Crystal City – Braddock Road

A low-stress and flat route from the Pentagon City and Crystal City Metrorail Stations to Braddock Road via on-street bike lanes and the Potomac Yard Trail.

For more information on biking in Alexandria during SafeTrack, including the bike trains, please contact Ray Hayhurst, Complete Streets Coordinator, at raymond.hayhurst@alexandriava.gov.

Existing biking accommodations

The areas affected by this shutdown are luckily served by some of the best trails in the region. The Mount Vernon trail runs north-south along the Potomac River, and is accessible from the Braddock Road Metro by riding due east on Madison St. After crossing N. Fairfax St., the trail access will be on the left. You can view the trail here on traillink (free registration required)

Alternatively, bicyclists can utilize the newest trail in the region, the Potomac Yard Trail. This trail begins behind the Braddock Rd. Metrorail station, on E Braddock Rd. From there, you can ride north to connect with the Four Mile Run trail (which will then take you to the Mount Vernon trail) or follow the posted SafeTrack bike route signs to the Pentagon City Metrorail station.


Pentagon City to National Airport try it by bike

The Yellow and Blue lines will be shut down between the Pentagon City and National Airport Metrorail stations from Tuesday, July 12th to Monday, July 18th.

Here is WMATA’s page for this surge.

Routes & Signage

The City of Alexandria has set up signs directing bicyclists between the closed Metrorail stations.

Here is the map:

Ride with us

Alexandria has decided not to run “bike trains” during this surge.

Here is the City’s “Biking during SafeTrack” page.

For more information on biking in Alexandria during SafeTrack, please contact Ray Hayhurst, Complete Streets Coordinator, at raymond.hayhurst@alexandriava.gov.

Existing biking accommodations

The areas affected by this shutdown are luckily served by some of the best trails in the region. The Mount Vernon trail runs north-south along the Potomac River, and is accessible from the Braddock Road Metro by riding due east on Madison St. After crossing N. Fairfax St., the trail access will be on the left. You can view the trail here on traillink (free registration required)

Alternatively, bicyclists can utilize the newest trail in the region, the Potomac Yard Trail. This trail begins behind the Braddock Rd. Metrorail station, on E Braddock Rd. From there, you can ride north to connect with the Four Mile Run trail (which will then take you to the Mount Vernon trail) or follow the posted SafeTrack bike route signs to the Pentagon City Metrorail station.


East Falls Church to Ballston (July)

The Orange and Silver lines will be single-tracking between the East Falls Church and Ballston Metrorail stations from Wednesday, July 20th to Sunday, July 31st.

With a lovely and robust trail network that parallels the Metro corridor, riding your bike to Ballston (and beyond) should be a breeze.

Here is WMATA’s page for this surge.

Signage

BikeArlington has signed a low-stress route from East Falls Church to Rosslyn. Follow the signs that look like this:

BA Route Sign

Please note: There will not be any bike train/convoys during this surge.

Existing biking accommodations

Steps from the entrance to the East Falls Church Metrorail station is one of the region’s best off-street bike trails: The Washington and Old Dominion Trail. Thanks to Northern Virginia’s extensive bike trail network, from there you can ride a bike completely off-street and free from cars all the way into downtown Washington, DC.

Accommodations during this surge

Arlington County’s bike program Bike Arlington has been hard at work getting ready for the surge. You can check out their site here.

  • Installing a Capital Bikeshare station at the East Falls Church Metrorail station, and adding capacity to Bikeshare stations at the Ballston and Rosslyn Metrorail stations.
  • Adding bike racks at the Ballston Metrorail station.
  • Improving directional signs along bike commuter routes.
  • Providing ambassadors at Ballston Metrorail station to answer questions and offer transportation option information.

Takoma to Silver Spring try it by bike

SafeTrack is coming to Montgomery County and WABA and MCDOT want you to consider biking! Come ride with us and discover safe, fun routes for getting around the Red Line disruptions. You’ll learn the route to ride during the week as well as tips and tricks from our bike experts.
Ride with us on  Sunday, July 31st.

This is an extremely pleasant detour, highlighting the beautiful Anacostia Tributary Trail network.

Here’s a map of the route.

The Mongomery County Department of Transportation will also be installing temporary signage along the route.


Shady Grove to Twinbrook try it by bike

We’ll have more details available soon. Check back!


Franconia-Springfield to Van Dorn Street try it by bike

Between Saturday, August 27th and Sunday, September 11th:

  • During weekdays, the Blue and Yellow lines will be single-tracking.
  • During weekends (including Labor Day weekend), the Blue and Yellow lines will be shut down.

While Metro doesn’t anticipate impacts to service on the rest of they system during this surge, make sure to check the latest service advisories when planning your trips.

Here is WMATA’s page for this surge.

Existing Biking Accommodations

Biking from Franconia-Springfield is possible, and even enjoyable, though there aren’t dedicated bike facilities for part of the way. We recommend this route to get you to the King Street Metrorail station. From there, you can head east on Prince Street to the Mount Vernon Trail or north on the trail connector to the Potomac Yard Trail.


Vienna to West Falls Church try it by bike

We’ll have more details available soon. Check back!


What’s WABA Doing?

1. Pushing local transportation officials to create space and infrastructure for biking during the surges.

2. Steering our existing programs and resources to help and support people impacted by SafeTrack.

3. Leading the bike community to help by providing resources, organizing convoys, connecting bike buddies, and encouraging and thanking everyone who bikes!

For press inquiries, please contact Colin Browne.


Already a Bike Commuter? Help your neighbors and your coworkers!

SafeTrack is huge, affecting nearly our entire region, and we need your help to make sure that nobody on a bike is left behind. How can you help?

New to Bike Commuting?

Join us at a City Cycling class! This class is the right fit for you and will give you three things you can’t get anywhere else:

  1. A safe and supportive environment to practice riding and build confidence
  2. Access to the best bike teachers in the region to answer all your questions
  3. Riding techniques, tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your ride

View the schedule and register for classes here.

And check out our extensive resources for new riders right here.

Oh, and here’s what you need to know about bikes on Metrorail and bikes on Metrobus.


Help Your Employees Bike to Work!

Make commuting the best part of their day by hosting an Everyday Bicycling Seminar with WABA.

Our bike experts will solve bike mysteries and bust bike myths in a relaxed and engaging “brown bag” format.

Complete the form here and our coordinator will be in touch


Upcoming Convoys and Events

December 9, 2016
  • SafeTrack Bike Buddy Orientation Call
    December 9, 2016 | 12:00 pm
    Call: 563-999-2090, Access code: 577719

    Details

    Call: 563-999-2090
    Access code: 577719


December 16, 2016
  • SafeTrack Bike Buddy Orientation Call
    December 16, 2016 | 12:00 pm
    Call: 563-999-2090, Access code: 577719

    Details

    Call: 563-999-2090
    Access code: 577719


December 23, 2016
  • SafeTrack Bike Buddy Orientation Call
    December 23, 2016 | 12:00 pm
    Call: 563-999-2090, Access code: 577719

    Details

    Call: 563-999-2090
    Access code: 577719


December 30, 2016
  • SafeTrack Bike Buddy Orientation Call
    December 30, 2016 | 12:00 pm
    Call: 563-999-2090, Access code: 577719

    Details

    Call: 563-999-2090
    Access code: 577719