Friday, April 3, 2020
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Did You Know It’s Illegal to Ride a Bicycle on the Sidewalk in Old Town Alexandria?

Bicycling sign in Old town Alexandria, Virginia
I bring this up as I noticed two (2) folks riding a bicycle this morning on the sidewalk on King Street in the prohibited corridor when I was out snapping photos this morning.

About two (2) years ago, the Alexandria City Council in June 2013 revised the bicycling ordinance. Bicycling is PROHIBITED in the following area(s) of Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.

Under Sec. 10-7-4 of the Alexandria code:

Bicycling on the sidewalk shall be prohibited in King Street/Union Street Commercial Zone. This zone is on King Street, from West Street east to the Potomac River, and on Union Street, between Prince Street and Cameron Street.

And just a REMINDER to some of the drivers that pass through our area, Section 10-7-6 states:

Every person riding a bicycle upon a roadway has all rights and is subject to all the duties applicable to the driver of a motor vehicle except those provisions which by their vary nature can have no application or to the extent that different rights and restrictions are expressly imposed by this chapter or applicable state law.

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Your text is correct, your headline is not. As should be clear, riding on the sidewalk is legal (though usually not advisable) on all streets other than King or Union, and even on King and Union there are places where it is legal.

TY – With only 60-140 characters to work with for titles, I try to be as succinct as I can.