Rockville Bicycle Advisory Committee
In May 1999, the Rockville Bicycle Advisory Committee 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 and report progress toward completion to the Mayor and Council.
- Review current and proposed Capitol Improvement 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.
View the committee's authorizing resolution.
The committee represents all types of bicyclists of all abilities. Since its creation, 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 RBAC is vital to Rockville’s continued success in implementing the Bikeway Master Plan and in improving conditions for bicycling in the city.
Several members of RBAC worked closely with the city to develop the final recommendations for the 2017 Rockville Bikeway Master Plan. This committee provided input on the facility and programmatic improvements that are needed over the next 10 years and commented on the new Rockville Bicycle Map. Rockville continues to build facilities listed in the Bikeway Master Plan through the City's Bicycle Implementation Strategy.
RBAC advocates for cyclist safety in Rockville in pursuit of Vision Zero.
Agendas and meeting minutes for past RBAC meetings are saved to the City's Agenda Center.
Did you know that Rockville is a Bicycle Friendly Community?
The City of Rockville earned a Bicycle Friendly Community bronze designation from the League of American Bicyclists. The City, residents, businesses, and advocates are working hard to earn a silver designation in the next round. You can learn more about the Bicycle Friendly Community program, as well as see the City's report card, online.
Interested in being a Bicycle Friendly Business?
The Bicycle Friendly Community program includes a specific designation for bike friendly businesses. You can learn more about the Bicycle Friendly Business program online.
Want to go for a bike ride in Rockville?
RBAC regularly hosts a variety of bicycle rides throughout the City of Rockville and the neighboring areas. There are rides to match different bicycling abilities and showcase different parts of the City. Check out www.meetup.com/bike-rockville for more information, impromptu rides, and last-minute changes.
To participate in rides, all riders need to have a helmet.
Tuesday Evening Rides
August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 - Meet at Civic Center Park (603 Edmonston Dr.) - 6:30 p.m.
Join us for a casual neighborhood ride that will last about one hour. Routes are on paved, shared-use paths, some sidewalks, and some short sections of quiet streets. We ride at the pace of the slowest rider - no one gets left behind. Rain at start cancels the ride; wet pavement does not.
Ride the Rockville Bike Beltway
Sunday, August 20 - Starts at Rockville Senior Center (700 Carnation Dr.) - 10 a.m.
Saturday, October 21 - Starts at Lincoln Park Community Center (357 Frederick Dr.) - 10 a.m.
Ride the Carl Henn Millennium Trail with your family and friends, or come and make new ones! This shared-use path is a 10.6-mile loop around the center of Rockville. Rain at start cancels the ride; wet pavement does not.
Carl Henn Annual Memorial Ride
Saturday, September 23 - Starts at Thomas Farm Community Center (700 Fallsgrove Dr.) - 10 a.m.
Join us for a casual 13-mile neighborhood ride in honor of longtime Rockville resident and community activist who died in July 2010 after a lightning strike during a powerful storm. You must be at least 15 years old to ride. No one will be left behind.
Take the Trails to the Classic Car Show
Saturday, October 14 - Starts at Lake Needwood/Rock Creek Trail (15682 Needwood Lake Circle, Derwood, MD) - 10:30 a.m.
We will meet at the Lake Needwood parking lot closest to the Rock Creek Trail trailhead for 21-mile intermediate-level ride. Using bike paths and neighborhood streets, we will connect the Rock Creek Trail to the ICC Trail to the Matt Henson Trail. For a 1.5-mile portion you must be comfortable riding in a bike lane on a fairly busy road with motor vehicle traffic. We will make at stop at the Rockville Antique and Classic Car Show at Civic Center Park. Please bring money for food vendors and a bike lock.
National Bike Month
Bike Month Kick-Off Ride
Rockville officials join together with neighbors on a casual bike ride every year in May to celebrate National Bike Month. This kick-off ride starts at City Hall and is a six-mile loop exploring some of the city's extensive and diverse bicycling infrastructure, including a few paths, bridges and tunnels, using multi-use trails and quiet residential streets.
Bike to Work Day
Rockville celebrates National Bike to Work Day each year on the third Friday in May by supporting a few pit stops out of more than 100 all over the Washington metropolitan region in DC, Maryland, and Virginia.
Rockville Ride of Silence
Rockville honors those who have been killed or injured on a bicycle each year on the third Wednesday in May with the Rockville Ride of Silence, a 10-mile police-escorted ride through city neighborhoods.