The City of Rockville is updating its 2004 Bikeway Master Plan. If you want to provide input or learn about what’s going on, contact the Traffic and Transportation Division at 240‑314‑8527 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
As part of this effort, Rockville has convened a citizens’ work group to guide planners as they revise the plan (I’m a member of the group). They’ve also engaged Toole Design to assist with the revision. Toole is the conulting firm based in
Laurel Silver Spring that specializes in bikeway planning and design.
The city has a strong record of bikeway planning. The 2004 bikeway plan was well-conceived, and unlike many jurisdictions, Rockville actually implements the recommendations in its plans within a reasonable time frame. The city has many things going for it:
- It’s ahead of many other communities (such as Gaithersburg) because it already has several good trails (Rock Creek Trail for example) and many roads that are bikeable. Possibly it has fewer constraints like lack of space next to roads.
- It essentially has three Metro stations: Rockville, Twinbrook and Shady Grove. Transit encourages bike transportation and vice versa.
- It has elected officials and a transportation department who take bicycling seriously.
- It has an effective bike advisory committee (RBAC). RBAC discusses ongoing projects and issues and provides input to city planners. It also organizes events and rides. Anyone who wants to attend RBAC may do so.
So Rockville has been able to accomplish a number of things, including the following:
- Rockville has an interactive bikeway map and printable bikeway map.
- The city has several bike-oriented programs, everything from teaching school kids bike safety to DriveLessRockville.
- Rockville (together with Montgomery County) plans to expand Capital Bikeshare in and around the city under a special grant.
- The city has completed much of its shared use path network. It completed the Millennium Trail since the last master plan. It constructed the Sister City Bridge over I-270.
- Rockville has added bike lanes to various streets and is now adding sharrows on some roads.
- The city has put up color-coded bike route signs around the city.
See Rockville’s official bikeway page for more on its efforts for bikes.
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