Vision Zero

Vision Zero is a priority initiative of the Mayor and Council as part of their goal of creating safe and livable neighborhoods. Rockville would join Montgomery County, Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and others in adopting such a plan.

First introduced in Sweden in 1997 as a countrywide response to increasing traffic fatalities and serious injuries, the initiative makes the safety and health of humans the top priority in road network design.

The Mayor and Council resolution “endorses Vision Zero as a comprehensive and holistic approach” to achieving the goal. It calls for guidelines that “identify a combination of equitable engineering, enforcement, education and evaluation, along with associated funding needed for the city to reach the goal toward zero deaths and serious injuries by 2030.”

Still have questions? Contact:
Bryan Barnett-Woods
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240-314-8527
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Bryan Barnett-Woods
bbwoods@rockvillemd.gov

Vision Zero Status Update

Every three months, the city provides the Mayor and Council with a written quarterly report. This report provides an update of progress made for the action items from the Vision Zero Action Plan.  The last two quarterly reports are below. 

Additionally, the most recent Vision Zero Timeline and Progress Chart are available. 

Children and adults cross the street at a marked crosswalk

Experienced a 'Near Miss?'

A near-miss incident is an event where a person driving, walking, rolling, bicycle, or traveling by another means must suddenly stop, swerve or move to avoid a crash. Because these incidents are not formally reported in the same manner as traffic crashes, they can be difficult to track. However, near-miss incidents can still influence a person's travel behavior and perception of traffic safety. 

If you've experienced a near miss, please take a moment to fill out this near-miss questionnaire. This information will be collected and evaluated alongside crash reports for the annual Vision Zero Crash Analysis.

Residents who would like assistance completing the near-miss questionnaire can contact City of Rockville Department of Public Works at 240-314-8527 or at bbwoods@rockvillemd.gov.  

Public Meeting for Town Center Road Diet Project

The City of Rockville Public Works Department recently held a public meeting to share information and solicit feedback for an upcoming roadway project to add pedestrian and bicycle facilities on N. Washington Street and E. Middle Lane. A video of the public meeting is  available to view. Watch the meeting.

You can also View the proposed plans.

What's Your Vision?

Get involved with Vision Zero, the city's strategy to eliminate traffic fatalities and severe injuries, while increasing safe, healthy and fair mobility for all. Help us better understand your transportation, pedestrian and bicycle safety experience in Rockville by completing an online survey

Residents who would like assistance completing the survey can contact City of Rockville Department of Public Works at 240-314-8527 or by email at bbwoods@rockvillemd.gov

Vision Zero Projects

The Department of Public Works is currently engaged in developing a new Pedestrian Master Plan for the City of Rockville. Creating a pedestrian plan is one the Vision Zero action items and is recommended in Rockville 2040: Comprehensive Plan. A pedestrian master plan provides an overview of the pedestrian network and identifies policy and infrastructure improvements to address unique issues faced by people walking and rolling. You visit the Pedestrian Master Plan website to learn more about the project including status updated and contact information. 

The City of Rockville regularly plans and carries out transportation projects to improve safety for people driving, walking, rolling, bicycling, and using transit. While projects can often take several years between conception to implementation, some of the recently completed and ongoing projects include the following:

Baltimore Road: The Baltimore Road project includes roadway repaving and improved drainage, stream restoration, new sidewalks, and a shared use path along Baltimore Road between MD 28 (First Street/Norbeck Road) and the City limits. This project is currently under construction and will be complete in spring 2022. More information about this project, including status updates and project manager contact information is available on the project website.Maryland Avenue Crosswalk and bike lane

Maryland Avenue: The Maryland Avenue Road project created new bicycle lanes along Maryland Avenue and eliminated one motor vehicle travel lane between Great Falls Road and S. Washington Street. In addition to the new bicycle facility, this project includes reducing the posted speed limit and resurfacing the roadway. This project was completed in December 2021. Project plans are available here.

Town Center Road Diets: The Town Center Road Diets project is designed to add pedestrian and bicycle facilities along N. Washington Street between MD 355 (Hungerford Drive) and MD 28 (Jefferson Street) as well as along E. Middle Lane between N. Washington Street and MD 355 (Hungerford Drive). This project will add new protected bicycle lanes and bike boxes along N. Washington Street and a widened sidewalk along E. Middle Lane among other improvements. The final plans for this project are available here. Please contact Daniel Seo for questions at dseo@rockvillemd.gov

Shared Roadways: Shared Roadways are designated low-volume and low-speed roads where motor vehicle and bicycle traffic may share the same roadway space. The City of Rockville Bikeway Master Plan includes recommendations for 36 different roadway segments to be designated as Shared Roadways. The City has posted shared roadway signage for 50% of the recommended roadway and continues install shared roadway signage. Signage will be added to 70% of the recommended shared roadways by July 2022. Please contact Daniel Seo for questions at dseo@rockvillemd.gov

Leading Pedestrian Intervals: A leading pedestrian interval (LPI)  is an advance WALK signal displayed for the crosswalk while red indications continue to be displayed to parallel through and/or turning traffic. The LPI is used to reduce conflicts between pedestrians and turning vehicles at intersections with high pedestrian volumes and high conflicting turning vehicle volumes. City staff implemented LPIs at the following intersections in Town Center.

  • MD 28/Monroe St: LPI to cross MD 28
  • MD 28/Maryland Ave: LPI to cross MD 28 
  • MD 28/Washington St: LPI to cross MD 28
  • N. Washington St/E. Montgomery Ave/Courthouse Sq: LPI to cross N. Washington St.
  • N. Washington St/Middle Ln: LPI to cross N. Washington St
  • N. Washington/Beall: LPI to cross N. Washington St
  • E. Middle Ln/Maryland Ave: LPI to cross E. Middle Ln


More Pedestrian, Bicycle, and Roadway Safety Projects

The City of Rockville continues to implement various safety projects to improve the transportation network for walking, bicycling, and driving. These include new sidewalks, new crossings, and intersection improvements such as pedestrian refuge islands and curb extensions.

2020.06.08 McAulliff at Linthicum curb bump outVandegrift Ave sidewalk

A new curb bump-out on McAuliffe Drive at Linthicum Street (left), and a new sidewalk and curb-ramp on Vandegrift Avenue near the Twinbrook Community Center (right). 

Great Falls - Monument intersection pedestrian refuge medianWootton HS Flashing Beacon

A pedestrian refuge island on Monument Street at Great Falls Road (left), and a new flashing pedestrian beacon and crosswalk installed crossing Wootton Parkway at Wootton High School (right). 

N. Horners Lane Sidewalk


Southlawn Lane Sidewalk


Two new sidewalks, the first along North Horners Lane (left) and second along Southlawn Lane (above). 

Resources

Traffic Collision Data

The Automated Crash Reporting System (ACRS) collects data from all law enforcement agencies in Montgomery County and provide details of all traffic collisions on state, county, and municipal roadways. Incident data, drivers data, and non-motorists data is provided on the Montgomery County data portal, Data Montgomery, which updated every week. The ACRS data shared on Data Montgomery includes information on all traffic collisions that take place in the City of Rockville. 

Data can be accessed at the following links:

Crash Reporting - Incidents DataCrash Reporting - Drivers DataCrash Reporting - Non-Motorists Data