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Posted on: November 16, 2016

Mayor and Council to Hold Hearing on Rockville’s Bikeway Master Plan

Hearing is One of Several Ways for the Public to Testify About the Plan Update

Rockville, Maryland, Nov. 16 – A public hearing on the city’s Bikeway Master Plan offers an opportunity to testify about a document that could shape how people get around Rockville for years to come.

A presentation of the plan is scheduled for the Mayor and Council meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 21, at City Hall, 111 Maryland Ave. Meetings are broadcast live on county cable channel 11, live streamed at www.rockvillemd.gov/rockville11 and available for viewing the day after the meeting at www.rockvillemd.gov/videoondemand.

The hearing is scheduled for the Mayor and Council meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 12 at City Hall.

There are several ways to testify and submit comments:
  • During the public hearing. Priority will be given to speakers who sign up by calling 240-314-8200 by 4 p.m. on Dec. 12.
  • Using the form at www.rockvillemd.gov/bikewaymasterplan.
  • By email to okotov@rockvillemd.gov.
  • By mail to City of Rockville, c/o Oleg Kotov, 111 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, MD 20850.
When submitting testimony, include a name, address and affiliation (if applicable). Comments without a valid name and address cannot be included in the public record. The public record is expected to remain open until at least Friday, Dec. 30.

As part of the city’s comprehensive master plan (CMP), the plan guides planning of the city’s bicycle facility network. It was last updated in 2004, laying the groundwork for an expansion to more than 34 miles of shared-use paths, nearly 4 miles of bike lanes and 3 miles of roads with shared-lane markings known as sharrows.

Numerous recommendations from the update have been implemented since 2004, including completion of the Carl Henn Millennium Trail, an 11-mile bicycle beltway around Rockville. The draft plan aims to build on that success by providing a starting point for construction projects that expand the existing bicycle network, improve safety and increase connections to all parts of the city for recreation, commuting and shopping.

The Planning Commission considered the draft plan in meetings and public hearings over nearly two years before approving the plan on Sept. 28 with the recommendation that the Mayor and Council adopt it as part of the CMP.

Read the draft plan and submit testimony and comments at www.rockvillemd.gov/bikewaymasterplan.

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MEDIA CONTACT:
Marylou Berg
Director of Communication
240-314-8105
mberg@rockvillemd.gov
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