Finally, spring is on its way to Rockville. Fortunately for our Upton residents, Rockville is the perfect place to enjoy the warmer, sunny weather. The city was named a “Bicycle Friendly Community” at the Bronze level by the League of American Bicyclists, on the basis of its commitment to helping cyclists stay safe while having fun. Here are some tips to take advantage of bike-friendly Rockville:
Plan your route before you go. The City of Rockville created a bike map to help visitors and residents decide how they want to get to their destination. Once you arrive, you can trust that there will be a safe place to park your bike. Many new developments in the area have short and/or long-term bike parking for your convenience. There are also bicycle lockers available for rent at the Rockville and Twinbrook Metro Stations. Remember, you can bring your bike on the Metro.
If you prefer to bike only occasionally, or have out of town guests you’d like to bike with, Rockville is now home to Capital Bikeshare. You can return the bike you rent to any station in Rockville or the District.
Carl Henn Millenium Trail – We recommend picking up this trail at nearby David Scull Park. The trail is 10.7 miles, and stays within the limits of Montgomery County. Lots of changes in elevation and a smooth trail surface make this a fun and invigorating workout.
The Rock Creek Trail – This trail is best picked up at Lake Needwood Regional Park. It’s 18.6 miles long, and has drinking water and restrooms along the way. Bike maps are useful to bring due to the absence of signage.
Commute to Georgetown – If you’re up for a 20 to 22-mile bike ride to work, or if you just want to bike to Georgetown and avoid the inevitable parking challenges, try this recommend route. You can follow Rockville Pike to one of the regional trails that take you right into the city.
Use bike lanes – Rockville has truly become something special to the biking community. In addition to its Millennium Trail “bicycle beltway,” the city has 34.3 miles of separated bikeways and 33.5 bicycle lane designations.
Has all this talk of bicycling made you wish you could take advantage of Rockville’s offerings? You’re in luck. Rockville has some great bike shops. Our favorite options: Revolution Cycles and Performance Bicycle, which are within walking (or biking) distance of your own front door. For a less specialized store, head to the REI on Rockville Pike.
Rockville is still improving with its Bikeway Master Plan. In time, the city’s goal is to create even more bike lanes and bikeway facilities. For lots more bicycling activities, as well as information on this year’s Rockville Bike to Work Day, check out the City of Rockville website.