How to #BEaPAL in Arlington this Halloween

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Ashley Blue is the PAL Ambassador Program Coordinator. The PAL Ambassador program, an initiative of BikeArlington, WalkArlington and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, is a volunteer-driven movement to make Arlington’s streets safer. She enjoys using her bike to explore and connect to communities around her!

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This Halloween Arlingtonians will be out trick-or-treating on Tuesday, October 31st. Take extra care as you get around that evening, and consider joining the PAL Ambassadors’ fun community event on N Jackson Street.

Happy PAL-oween from your friendly neighborhood Arlington PAL (Predictable, Alert, Lawful) Ambassadors!

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On October 31st, we’ll be out on N. Jackson Street near Virginia Square among trick-or-treaters to help everyone have fun and walk, bike, or drive safely during their night of spooky fun. If you don’t have your own little ghoul to escort, join us and help hand out reflective goodies and other treats.

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Plus, we’ve got some useful reminders for anyone going out on Halloween:

Drive and bike SLOWLY
Kids can be unpredictable humans, especially when they’re surrounded by the excitement of tricks and treats. There will be many more people of all ages walking around on Halloween than your typical weekday evening, so be sure to take extra care. Worst thing that can happen is that you’re delayed by an adorable parade of minions and goblins crossing the street. If you’re on your bike, make sure to let people walking and trick or treating know you’re around by calling your passes, ringing a bell or wishing them a Happy Halloween!
Lighten up!
While the onus is on drivers to take care around more vulnerable road users, like people walking, biking and trick or treating, there are things you can do to improve your visibility at night. Reflective accents can be added to costumes to help you be seen. As well, carrying glow sticks or flashlights can be helpful as they not only help others see you, but help you see in the dark as well.

For bicyclists, Arlington County requires that bicycles ridden at night have one white light at the front of their bike and a red reflector at the rear. A blinking red rear light and bonus reflective goodies, like vests or small stickers, can be even more helpful.

Luckily, the PAL Ambassadors will be there handing out bike lights, reflective vests and fun goodies that night to help keep your Halloween lit!
Be lawful at intersections—this goes for everyone!
If walkers wait for the crosswalk signal, bikers stop at the stop sign or light and drivers always yield to pedestrians, then we can all get to the most important part of the night: Getting home safely to devour all of the candy!

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