Fairfax County Bicycle Route Map - Additional Information
Bicycle routes shown on the interactive map have been given one of two classifications: Preferred or Less Preferred. Classifications are based upon the expectations and tolerances of the average or typical bicyclist.
Preferred Streets and Roads
Generally suitable for bicycling due to a combination of low traffic volumes, low traffic speeds, and/or the presence of wide travel lanes, paved shoulders or bike lanes.
Less Preferred Streets and Roads
Less suitable for bicycling.
Bicyclists are urged to exercise extra caution on these roads due to narrow shoulders or lanes, poor sight distances, high traffic volumes, or other challenging characteristics.
Bike Routes Outside Fairfax
Roads shown as part of bicycle networks in Arlington and Alexandria, irrespective of conditions.
Trails (Shared Use Paths)
Surface is paved or well-maintained crushed stone.
May include a few fair-weather stream crossings and rough or narrow trail surfaces. Secondary trails labeled MTN BIKE on the map are not suitable for road or hybrid bicycles.
The Fairfax County Department of Transportation is pleased to provide this map as an informational aid for bicyclists as they plan their routes in and around Fairfax County.
For the development of this map, roads in the study network were reviewed in the field to determine their conditions and characteristics. Additionally, input was collected from local bicyclists and the County Bicycle Program staff. With this information, roadways were classified as Preferred or Less-Preferred for bicycling. Trails and off-road paths were also inventoried in the field; major trails suitable for longer distance rides and important connector paths are shown.
This map also identifies locations where bicyclists are encouraged to use extra caution as they may have challenging characteristics such as narrow shoulders, limited sight distance, or difficult intersections. These areas are shown on the map by either an orange line indicating challenging road corridors or an orange point indicating a challenging spot location in the road system.
Striped on-road bicycle lanes may be found on several roads in Fairfax County. These are identified on this map by a bicycle lane marking. The County is periodically adding more striped bicycle lanes to the road network so be on the lookout for future improvements.
The road and trail classification system used in the creation of this map is based on the perspective of a typical bicyclist. An individual rider's experience, skill and opinion may vary. The road and trail classification system is not an assessment of existing or future bicycle safety on any roadway or trail shown on the map, classified or unclassified. The user of this map is responsible for assessing road, path and traffic conditions to determine routes that are suitable for his or her individual riding skills.
Bicycling is allowed on all roads within Fairfax County except inter-state highways and other limited access highways. All roads where bicycling is restricted are posted with signs to this effect. Bicycling is also allowed on all sidewalks in Fairfax County except in the City of Fairfax. Bicyclists are urged to exercise discretion when choosing where and when to ride based on personal comfort and safety and the comfort and safety of others.
The Fairfax County Department of Transportation is dedicated to serving bicyclist's needs. We invite you to visit us on the web or contact Bicycle Program staff for additional resources including information about bicycle lockers at Metro and VRE stations and Park and Ride facilities, upcoming events, where to find more maps, commuting tips, safe bicycling recommendations and much more. We also encourage you to direct questions and comments about this map to Bicycle Program staff.
Trails (Shared Use Paths)
Fairfax County has over 200 miles of off-road trails and shared use paths available for bicyclists, pedestrians and other non-motorized users. In addition to the trails shown on this map, there are hundreds miles of sidewalks and recreational mountain biking trails.
Trail surface materials, surface quality and widths vary widely throughout the County.
Some of the trails in stream valley parks have fair-weather stream crossings. At these crossings, cyclists should exercise caution. Dismount and walk your bike across the stream channel on the concrete stepping stones. Many of these fair-weather stream crossings are indicated on the map by a yellow circle.
On this map, trails are classified in two categories; Primary trails are suitable for all types of bicycles including road bikes with narrow tires, Secondary trails are suitable for hybrid or mountain bikes (medium to wide tires) because of surface conditions or trail width. Certain Secondary trails are generally suitable only for mountain bikes due to terrain, trail surface or width. These trails are indicated on the map by a dashed line with the term MTN BIKE next to the line .
To further assist bicyclists, this map shows locations where trail users need to exercise caution. These locations are marked with a caution symbol . These locations may be narrow spots in trails, short segments of damaged trail surface, areas with poor sight distances, difficult street crossings, or other areas with potential challenges for cyclists.
Bikes on Buses
Bringing your bike on a bus can help you go farther, faster. All Fairfax Connector buses, Falls Church George buses, Arlington Transit buses, and Metrobuses operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) have front-mounted bike racks. Each rack accommodates two bicycles of most standard sizes. There is no additional charge.
Bikes on Rail
Bicycles are welcome on Metrorail weekdays except 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m (limited to two bicycles per rail car). Bicycles are also welcome on Saturdays and Sundays as well as most holidays (when up to four bicycles per car are allowed). Bicycles are not permitted on Metrorail on July 4th and other special events or holidays when large crowds use the system. At all times, use only the end doors of any car; do not use the center emergency doors. To access the station platforms, use the elevator rather than the escalator.
VRE allows only folding bikes its trains.
Bike to Rail Transit or Park and Ride
Bicycling to Metro, VRE or a Park and Ride lot may be quicker than driving, especially if you live within a mile of the station. Bike parking is available at every Blue, Orange and Yellow line Metrorail station in the County, every VRE station and many Park and Ride lots.