A draft of Rockville’s plan for bike facilities calls for bike lanes on Rockville Pike shielded by some sort of barrier and better ways for bicyclists to get from one side of the city to another.
The city of Rockville is revising its Bikeway Master Plan, which maps out where the city should put bike lanes, shared-use paths, signs and other facilities. A draft plan is posted on the city’s website, rockvillemd.gov.
The draft plan recommends ways for bikes to travel roads depending on how heavy traffic is and how fast cars travel. Streets with less traffic may get signs to indicate that bicycles may share car lanes, or a climbing lane, which is a bike lane on the uphill side of the road, may be added.
Larger streets may get designated bicycle lanes or a shared-use path, which is a wide sidewalk that both bicycles and pedestrians may use. In some areas, such as Rockville Pike, the draft plan recommends cycletracks, which are bike lanes separated from motor vehicle traffic by a physical barrier.
The plan also includes information about traffic signals specifically for bicyclists and pedestrians.
The city first adopted a Bikeway Master Plan in 1981; the latest draft is an update to the 2004 version of the plan. Rockville already has about 34 miles of separate facilities for bikes and about 34 miles of shared lanes, according to the draft plan. The update proposes about 25 more miles of some kind of dedicated bike lanes and 18 more miles of shared lane designations.
The draft plan also suggests building on existing bike routes to improve connections from one side of the city to the other. The plan identifies five north-to-south routes and three east-to-west routes that cyclists could take to get across town if the city improved bike facilities along the roads.
Public comments may be submitted by mail, email, online or at a public meeting. More information is available on the city’s website.
The Rockville Planning Commission is scheduled to hear a presentation on the draft plan at its 7 p.m. meeting March 12. A public hearing is scheduled for the same time April 9. The mayor and council have the final say in adopting a plan; a hearing is expected to be scheduled at a later date.