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There are many ways to get around in Reston. Whether by foot, bicycle or motor vehicle, there is a route for everyone.
Reston is surrounded by major roadways, including the Dulles Toll Road, Route 7 and the Fairfax County Parkway. It is also in close proximity of Route 28 and Interstate 66, making traveling around town convenient. The road networks and walkway systems in Reston were carefully planned out for its residents. Pedestrians and bicyclists alike can get from one end of Reston to the other by simply using the pathways and trails. Miles of RA-maintained pathways and trails connect Restonians to different neighborhoods, village centers and to the Reston Internal Bus System (RIBS). In 2014, Reston's first Metro station opened, providing rail service to Washington. Additional stations are due to open in the coming years as the rail line is extended to Dulles International Airport.
RIBS is a bus service designed to reduce the number of single-occupant vehicles in Reston. It runs during the week and on Saturdays, stopping at all the village centers and other areas of employment and business in Reston, including Reston Town Center. In addition to RIBS, the Fairfax Connector also make frequent stops throughout Reston.
Dulles International Airport is about 10 miles from Reston.
Are you dreading traffic? Do you like to bike? RA's Pedestrian & Bicycling Advisory Committee (PBAC) has developed 10 route maps (links below) to help you get from Reston’s village centers to the new Metro station by bike. If you would like assistance identifying or getting familiar with the best route for you, members of the PBAC are available on weekends to meet, ride the routes with you, and pick the best one. For more information or to set up a guided route test, contact email@example.com.
Reston is designated as a bronze level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists (LAB). As part of the Bicycle Friendly America community, Reston Association seeks to provide members with resources that encourage safe, smart, and fun bicycling in the community. Additional resources from LAB can be found on the right hand side of this page. Family-friendly bike routes include the following:
Three Pools: North Hills, Lake Newport, and Autumnwood. Ride between three Reston pools. Out and back ride. This is moderately hilly so bikes with gears are recommended. 3.2-mile round-trip.
RTC to Dairy Queen, Herndon: Flat route along the W&OD trail. Good for kids. 4.2-mile round-trip.
RTC to former location of Milwaukee Frozen Custard, Herndon: Flat ride that goes on the W&OD then on a trail along Sugarland Run stream. 3.4-mile round-trip.
Lake Anne to RTC and Back: Kid ride, gradual hills, mainly on pathways, some on sidewalks near RTC. May have to walk bikes on Lake Anne Plaza depending on time of day and pedestrian traffic. 2.9-mile round-trip.
Lake Newport Tennis Courts to North Hills Pool: Kid ride, hill is more gradual than it appears on the elevation map, mainly on bike paths. 2.5-mile round-trip.