Car-Free Diet Skeptics Tips

Top Tips from Todd and Ross, two guys who left their cars in their driveways.

Bike & Walk Tips

  • Research your route! Know the routes and even practice riding it on a weekend when there’s no pressure and less traffic.
  • Nervous about riding in the streets? Take a Confident City Cycling Class. They’re free, and you’ll learn a lot.
  • Great resource for all things walking at WalkArlington; all things biking, try BikeArlington.
  • Attach a saddle bag to your bike with important necessities, such as a tire lever, an extra tube, and something to inflate it with. Your local bike shop can help you with this. Also carry a phone, an ID, and $10 in cash just in case of an emergency.
  • Protect your brain; wear a helmet!
  • Become a member of Capital Bikeshare. With bikes located in Arlington and DC, it's easy to get around. And, the first 30 minutes are free!

Bus & Rail Tips

  • Don’t know when your bus is going to come? Try web resources at WMATA and Arlington Transit, or download a mobile phone app to help you stay on top of transit arrival times.
  • Sign up for the Guaranteed Ride Home program — before you need it!
  • Build some extra time in your schedule. Just like in a car, sometimes delays happen.
  • Learn which Metrorail car and door to stand near to reduce walking time when you leave the station.
  • If a Metrorail car looks really packed, it doesn’t mean the whole train is full. Walk down the platform and look for an emptier car. Or look at the message sign to see if another train is just a couple minutes out.
  • Go to the Commuter Store to buy or reload your SmarTrip card. You can also get help planning your transit trips from commuter specialists.

Work Tips

  • Did you know that at least 54% of employers in the DC area offer incentives for using alternative forms of transportation? See if your company is one of them.
  • Talk to your employer about teleworking. When you can work from home, “commuting” is defined as “getting out of bed and turning on your computer.”
  • Is your company moving to a new office? Talk to Arlington Transportation Partners’ relocation consultants. They can help you and your coworkers find new commute routes to your new location.
  • Talk to co-workers and see if any of them bike or carpool to work.
  • Find out if your company offers incentives for employees who use public transportation instead of driving to work.

"Turning up the Tips" with Todd and Ross

Did You Know?

Each U.S. rush-hour auto commuter spends an average of 50 hours a year stuck in traffic.

League of American Cyclists

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