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Walking in Arlington

“If you design a city for cars, it fails for everyone, including drivers. If you design a multimodal city, it works better for everyone, including drivers.” – Brent Toderian

Make Transportation Easy

Walking is just one part of the equation in Arlington County. Arlington offers a wide range of transportation options and services that make it easy to move around the County. By embracing multimodal policies, the County is able to move more people efficiently by foot, bike or transit, ultimately resulting in safer streets and less traffic on the roads for everyone.

Smart Growth Vision

Active modes of transportation, including walking, biking and rolling, are central to Arlington County’s Smart Growth vision and enhance the quality of life for those who live, work and play in Arlington.

Vibrant Neighborhoods

It’s no secret – The benefits of living in a walkable community are endless: wellness, mobility, economic, environmental and social. Experience the advantages of a car-lite lifestyle and celebrate Arlington’s vibrant walk-friendly culture!

Meet the Press

Don’t just listen to us tell it. Check out for yourself what the media has to say about Arlington’s walkability.



Damaged sidewalks, missing street signs, broken streetlights or trail maintenance issues? Report it to Arlington County.

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Platinum Level Walk Friendly Community

Arlington Brings Home a Platinum Walk Friendly Community Designation

The University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center has named Arlington County a Platinum Walk Friendly Community. The County is one of only 5 communities across the country to have received a Platinum rating.


The Walk Friendly Communities program recognize communities working to improve a wide range of conditions related to walking: including safety, mobility, access and comfort.

For the latest national pedestrian and bicycle information, visit our friends at Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center.

America’s Most Walkable Suburb

Arlington is proud to be one of nine communities profiled and featured in America Walks and the Every Body Walk! Collaborative’s book, America’s Walking Renaissance. America’s Walking Renaissance examines how communities across the US are embracing walking and becoming more walkable. An entire chapter of the book is dedicated to Arlington County’s success, calling Arlington one of “America’s Most Walkable Suburb.” Read more.

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Additional Resources

Learn more about Arlington’s safety tips and walk friendly initiatives by downloading these community resources.

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