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Bikeway Master Plan FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions
1) Why are you updating this plan?

A: The last Bikeway Master Plan was adopted in 2004, and through the hard work of city staff and Rockville residents, we have completed a majority of the projects associated with that plan. Now, bicycling is more widely seen as a viable means of transportation, and we see opportunities to enhance our bicycle network to make it safer and more appealing to a broader group of residents. This updated Bikeway Master Plan will help us have a coordinated vision for future bicycling improvements in Rockville.

2) What does this plan mean for me?

A: The Bikeway Master Plan addresses several aspects of bicycling. For those who already enjoy bicycling in Rockville, this plan will help provide a more connected bicycle network to get to more places safely. For those who don't yet ride a bicycle frequently but are interested, this plan attempts to address safety needs while making riding in mixed traffic more comfortable. For those uninterested in using a bicycle, this plan helps delineate space for people on bicycles to travel more predictably.

3) There's a bike lane proposed in front of my house. Does that mean I am going to lose the ability to park on the street in front of my house?

A: Not necessarily. City staff worked with a committee of interested parties and a consultant to develop a series of proposed facilities (shown in the plan here) to create a stronger bicycle network. Some of these proposed facilities are bicycle lanes on residential streets. Some of these streets are wide enough to accommodate bicycle lanes without any changes, while some would require additional space to put in bicycle lanes. Because this plan is conceptual, none of the recommendations in the plan are guaranteed. When a project is ready for implementation, staff will bring several options to neighborhood groups for feedback. In the course of these discussions, any number of options may be agreed upon, including, but not limited to, road widening, on-street parking consolidation, lane narrowing, or changing the project from a bike lane to something that requires less road space.

4) What is the timeline for implementing this plan?

A: The implementation will coincide with other city projects, in order to maximize resources. When a road that has a proposed facility in this plan is set to be repaved or significantly altered, staff will conduct an engineering analysis of options to include bicycle facilities. City staff will bring the options to neighborhood groups for feedback and will develop a final implementation plan for specific projects. This plan will be rolled out slowly, and residents will have ample opportunity to provide feedback on the proposed options.

5) How can I share my feedback?

A: There are several ways to submit feedback on this plan:

  • Send an email to
  • Fill out a public testimony form available on the Bikeway Master Plan Webpage
  • Write a letter to the Planning Commission addressed to: City of Rockville Planning Commission, c/o Oleg Kotov, 111 Maryland Ave., Rockville, MD 20850
  • Attend the public hearing on the draft Bikeway Master Plan at the Mayor and Council meeting on December 12, 2016. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. Those wishing to speak may sign up in advance by calling 240-314-8200 by 4 p.m. on the day of the hearing.
  • City staff will be available at events leading up to the public hearing where they will be able to offer more information about the plan and answer questions. Staff is also available to attend neighborhood meetings upon request to provide more information.

(Note: When submitting written testimony, please include your name, address, and affiliation, if applicable. Comments without a name and address cannot be included in the public record.)