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Posted on: June 7, 2016

Bike Rockville This Summer on Free Rides with RBAC

Get Free Bike Safety Checks and City Bike Maps at the Farmers Market

Rockville, Maryland, June 7 – Rockville is committed to promoting bicycling as a sustainable, healthy and equitable mode of transportation for all community members, through education, infrastructure and outreach.

There are 35 miles of shared-use paths, 4 miles of bike lanes and 3 miles of roads with sharrows within Rockville. The city was recently reaffirmed as a “Bicycle Friendly Community” at the bronze level by the League of American Bicyclists.

The Rockville Bicycle Advisory Committee (RBAC) meets monthly, represents a broad range of bicycling interests and hosts free bicycle rides throughout the summer. Learn more about RBAC at www.rockvillemd.gov/rbac and join RBAC on these free, family-friendly rides:

Tuesday Evening Bike Rides at 6:30 p.m. on June 7, 14, 21 and 28 (meet at Mattie J.T. Stepanek Park, 1800 Piccard Drive) and July 5, 12, 19 and 26 (meet at Best Western, 1251 W. Montgomery Ave.). These hourlong neighborhood ride is suitable for families, including riders under 12 accompanied by an adult. Rain at the start cancels the ride; wet pavement does not. August rides and meeting places are yet to be announced.

Ride to Bikes, Brews & Barbecue at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 11. Meet at the Twinbrook Metro station’s east parking lot near Fishers Lane (enter at Parklawn Drive). Learn neighborhood routes on this casual 8-mile ride that ends with a block party with Revolution Cycles on Fishers Lane featuring family-friendly bike activities, food trucks and live music. Bikes, Brews & Barbecue is free to attend, but you must be 21 or older to purchase beer. Learn more at www.twinbrookurbanbynature.com/news-events/events.

Ride the Rockville Bicycle Beltway at 10 a.m. on Sunday, June 12. Meet at the Rockville Senior Center, 1150 Carnation Drive. Ride the Carl Henn Millennium Trail, a shared-use path that makes a 10.6-mile loop around the center of Rockville. Rain at start cancels the ride; wet pavement does not.

Kidical Mass Family Ride at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 18. Meet at Thomas Farm Community Center, 700 Fallsgrove Drive. Ride shared-use paths, bike lanes and low-traffic residential streets. The ride will be at the pace of the slowest rider. 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.

The 3rd Great MoCo Bicycle Summit from 10 a.m.-noon on Saturday, June 18 in the Stella B. Werner Council Office Building’s 3rd Floor Hearing Room, at 100 Maryland Ave. Discuss Montgomery County’s Bicycle Master Plan, get a glimpse of future projects, learn how to advocate for change and network with fellow transportation enthusiasts. The free summit kicks off with a family-friendly group bike ride to the Council Office Building, leaving at 9 a.m. from the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro station. Learn more and register at www.councilmemberriemer.com/bike.

Also, get free bike safety checks at the RBAC table at the Rockville Farmers Market at the corner of East Jefferson Street (Route 28) and Monroe Street, from 10 a.m.-noon on Saturdays through July 30. Find information about upcoming rides and about cycling advocacy, pick up a Rockville bike map, speak with bike experts and sign up to volunteer with RBAC.

Visit www.meetup.com/bikerockville for more impromptu rides and last-minute changes. For more information about bicycling in Rockville, visit www.rockvillemd.gov/bicycling.

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Marylou Berg
Director of Communication

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