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How do I get a path or bike lane on a street?

VDOT works with the Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan from each locality to determine what is added on our roads. You can contact your local bicycle pedestrian contact person, as well as your county supervisor or city councilman's office.

Community Trail Development Guide

Where do I report a problem?

MyVDOT lets you report maintenance issues for most paths along the side of the road, as well as request a crosswalk review. 

Some of the regional trails are not part of the VDOT system. If you are on any of the below trails, contact the respective agency:

  • Washington & Old Dominion Trail - Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority
  • Custis Trail, Four Mile Run Trail - Arlington County Park Authority
  • Mount Vernon Trail - National Park Service
  • Holmes Run Trail - Fairfax County Park Authority, City of Alexandria

Paving in Northern Virginia  

The District’s paving program aims to improve on-road bicycling facilities when we repave a road. This program works with each county’s Bicycle Coordinator to determine which roads are appropriate for bike lanes.   

Northern Virginia Bicycle Locker Program

Bicycle lockers are available for an annual fee at several VDOT park-and-ride lots to assist parking your bike for commuting. You can reserve a bicycle locker, based on availability, by emailing VDOT Northern Virginia Transportation Planning to confirm vacancy.

The Bicycle Locker User Agreement must be completed and submitted along with payment when a locker is available. Availability is based on date of application and fee receipt. Online applications cannot be accepted. Please email with questions. Completed Bicycle Locker User Agreements should be submitted to:

Bicycle Locker Program Manager
VDOT Northern Virginia Transportation Planning
4975 Alliance Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030

Studies and Surveys

Concerned with developing a regional transportation system for bicycling in Northern Virginia, the VDOT Northern Virginia Bikeway and Trail Network Study (2004) provides a coordinated and strategic approach for identifying and developing bicycling facilities in the area.  VDOT updated its study in 2014 to measure the progress made since 2004 in building the network.

U.S. Bicycle Routes 1 and 76 

The Northern Virginia Bicycle Rider survey was conducted with area bicycle commuters during the 2004 Bike To Work Day.  

Other Resources and Information

  • Car-Free Day in Metro D.C. - Go "car-free" or "car-lite" for a day and make a difference by bicycling, walking, teleworking, carpooling, vanpooling or taking transit. You can still pledge even if you're already car-free. For more information, visit
  • Bike to Work Day in the Washington, D.C. area - VDOT has been proud to be a local sponsor of Bike to Work Day. Register at and get more information at the Washington Area Bicyclist Association website Join thousands of area commuters for a celebration of bicycling as a clean, fun and healthy way to get to work! Meet up with your neighbors at pit stops all over the region. Washington Area Bicyclist Association and Commuter Connections invite you to try bicycling to work as an alternative to solo driving. Help the Washington region become a better place to ride. Bike to Work Day is a FREE event and open to all area commuters.

Park-and-Ride and Commuter Lots

Commuter Connections


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