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Rockville Bike Advisory Committee (RBAC)
Meetings RBAC Group Photo
  • 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • First Wednesday of every month
  • City Hall in the Diamondback Terrapin Conference Room
    • Note: March 5th, 2014 meeting is in the Black-Eyed Susan Conference Room in City Hall.


Members

  • Nancy Breen, Chair
  • Stephen Andruski
  • Connie Bertka
  • Shannon Brescher Shea
  • Sophie Chan-Wood
  • Jack Cochrane
  • Tom Dorr
  • Denny Freezer
  • Duke Guzey
  • Jason Hickey
  • Bill Michie

  • Carl Peterson
  • Mark Pierzchala
  • John Telesco
  • Bob Wise
  • Kevin Belanger, Staff Liaison

Join the Committee
  • Are you a bike enthusiast?
  • Are you interested in the bikeways in Rockville?
  • Would you like to see more trails or bike lanes?
  • Would you like to make a difference on how the bikeways are maintained?

Then join Rockville's Bike Advisory Committee!

In May of 1999 the Rockville Bike Advisory Committee (RBAC) was created by the Mayor and Council. The committee's mandate for action includes the following tasks:
  • Assist in the development of the City's bicycle and pedestrian specific policies, as well as other policies that affect the conditions for bicycling in the City
  • Oversee the implementation of the City's Bikeway Master Plan Update and report progress toward completion to the Mayor and Council
  • Review current and proposed CIP projects to ensure bicycle needs are incorporated into design and construction when appropriate
  • Deliver updates on the needs and desires of bicyclists in the community, with recommendations for action to the Mayor and Council

The committee has up to ten members, representing a broad range of bicyclist types. Since its creation, the RBAC has held regularly scheduled meetings throughout the year, carried out its mandated tasks, and has become an important and valuable resource to the City on bicycling issues. The active participation of the RBAC is vital to Rockville's continued success in implementing the Bikeway Master Plan Update and in improving conditions for bicycling in the City.

Several members of the RBAC worked closely with the City to develop the final recommendations for the 2004 Rockville Bikeway Master Plan Update. This committee provided input on the facility and programmatic improvements that are needed over the next 10 years, commented on the new Rockville Bicycle map, and served as liaisons to the full RBAC and other interested citizens.

You can find the City of Rockville bike map here.

Upcoming Events

Tour de Cookie
Saturday, May 3
9 am

The Tour de Cookie is a non-competitive bicycle ride open to all ages and abilities. Participants will ride between 10 cookie stands (hosted by local clubs and organizations) and collect/eat as many baked goods as possible. All proceeds directly benefit the Tree House Child Assessment Center of Montgomery County. All registered cyclists will receive a collectible long-sleeve t-shirt and a custom medal. Choose between 14 or 40 miles. $40 per person, kids 12 and under are free. The ride meets at the Universities at Shady Grove (9630 Gudelsky Drive).

For more details and to register, visit www.tourdecookie.com.

Bike Month Kick-Off Ride
Sunday, May 4
10 am
Rockville City Hall (111 Maryland Avenue)

This family ride starts and ends at Rockville City Hall and will be a short 6- to 8-mile ride to initiate the 2014 bicycling season.

Bike Safety Checks at Farmer's Market
Saturdays, May 10, 17, 24, 31 - June 7, 14, 21, 28 - July 5, 12
9 am to 1 pm
Corner of Route 28 and Monroe Street

Stop by the RBAC table and get a quick safety check on your bike. Bike experts will be onsite to answer your questions. Pick up a Rockville Bike Map, and sign up to volunteer with RBAC!

National Bike to Work Day
Friday, May 16
6 am to 9 am

Rockville has multiple pit stops as part of the regional Bike to Work Day celebration, including Rockville Town Square, Fallsgrove, and Twinbrook. Register online at www.biketoworkmetrodc.org to pick up your free t-shirt at one of our pit stops. (Registration opens March 1st.)

8th Annual Ride of Silence
Wednesday, May 21
7 pm
Starts at the Public Library in Rockville Town Square

Join our annual ride in Rockville as cyclists worldwide honor those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roadways. This free ride will be police-escorted and is not ideal for children or slower cyclists. Bring your helmet for a 10-mile ride throughout the city in one hour. For more details, explore the Ride of Silence website.

RBAC in the Memorial Day Parade
Monday, May 26
9 am to 1 pm

Come see the members and volunteers of RBAC in the 70th annual Memorial Day Parade! The route starts at Martins Lane and North Washington Street, turns left on Beall Avenue, turns down Maryland Avenue through Rockville Town Center, and then makes a left onto East Montgomery Avenue. We will be walking and displaying our bicycles. If you are interested in marching along with us, please email .

Evening King Farm Rides
Tuesdays, June 3, 10, 17, 24 - July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 - August 5, 12, 19, 26
6:30 pm
Meet at King Farm Homestead Park (1199 Grand Champion Road)

Join us for a neighborhood ride for about an hour. Routes are on paved, shared-use paths, some sidewalks, and some short sections of quiet streets. Suitable for families - riders under 12 are welcomed if accompanied by a parent or guardian. We ride at the pace of the slowest rider - no one gets left behind. Rain at the start cancels the ride, but wet pavement does not.

Kidical Mass Family Ride
Saturday, June 14
10 am
Meet at Thomas Farm Community Center (700 Fallsgrove Drive, Rockville)

Kidical Mass is a nationwide movement to get kids with their families out on bikes in their communities, whether in trailers, bicycle seats, or on their own two wheels. Join us for rides on the second Saturday of every month that are 2-4 miles long and no faster than 8-9 miles per hour. We ride at the pace of the slowest rider, so the speed may be substantially slower. Rides will use a combination of shared use trails, bike lanes, and low-traffic residential streets.

Ride the Rockville Bike Beltway
Sunday, June 15
10 am
Starts at the Rockville Senior Center

Join us for a free ride the Carl Henn Millennium Trail with your family and friends. This shared-use path is a 10.6-mile loop around Rockville. Rain at the start cancels the ride, but wet pavement does not.

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