Gear Up for Bike to Work Day and Show a Rival How Rockville Rides

Riding a bike offers a cheap, environmentally friendly alternative to your daily commute, that’s healthy and fun. Trade your gas pedal for bicycle pedals on Bike to Work Day, from 6:30-9 a.m., Friday, May 17.

Rockville is once again stoking a friendly rivalry with the City of Frederick and competing to see which city will register more cyclists for Bike to Work Day. Help Rockville win bragging rights by registering at one of two city-sponsored pit stops. Participants who register by Friday, May 10 and stop by pit stops at Rockville Town Square or Fallsgrove receive a free T-shirt, refreshments and inspiration before their ride to work. They’ll also be entered for a raffle to win a new bike. Visit www.biketoworkmetrodc.org for registration, an interactive map of pit stop locations and more information.

Rockville’s YouTube channel has a series of safety tips for bicyclists.

Learn more about bicycling in Rockville at www.rockvillemd.gov/bicycling and www.rockvillemd.gov/rbac.

Rockville Police Station Offers a Safe Haven for Online Transactions

You’re looking to sell that old coffee table but you’re reluctant to invite a stranger into your home to complete the sale. Look no further than the Rockville City Police Department station, which offers its parking lot as a safe place for buyers and sellers to complete a transaction arranged through online services.

The parking lot of the station, at 2 W. Montgomery Ave., is well-lit, under constant video surveillance and open to the public for transactions 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

Rockville City Police Department station.
The Rockville City Police Department station, at 2 W. Montgomery Ave., provides a safe place for completing online transactions.

The RCPD offers these recommendations for buying or selling items via an online service:

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Did You SSSee a SSSnake?

With the nice weather in Rockville this week, you may be tempted to visit one of the city’s 65 parks. If you do, you might come across some of our ssslithery sssnake residents. Some of them — like Maryland’s copperheads and timber rattlesnakes — are venomous.

But don’t panic.

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State to Host Workshops on Proposed I-270/I-495 Widening Project

The State Highway Administration is hosting public workshops across Montgomery and Prince George’s counties this month about a proposed project to widen interstates 270 and 495, including a workshop in Rockville on Thursday, April 25.

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Correction: State to Close MD 355 Ramp for Road Construction

This article has been corrected. An explanation can be found at the bottom of the article.

The State Highway Administration will close the southbound MD 355 (Rockville Pike) ramp onto eastbound MD 586/MD 28 (Veirs Mill Road) for several weeks beginning Tuesday, April 2, for a safety and resurfacing project.

Drivers seeking to turn eastbound on Veirs Mill Road (MD 586/MD 28) from southbound MD 355 should use the detour route of First Street and Veirs Mill Road. Electronic message boards will alert drivers of the work zone traffic pattern changes. Motorists should allow for extra travel time during this work. The ramp should reopen by mid-spring, progress permitting, according to an SHA advisory.

Additionally, the following lane closures will be in place during the project:

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Rabies Clinics Begin in April

Vaccinations Required for Dogs, Cats and Ferrets 4 Months and Older

Rabies clinics begin April 28.

Rabies vaccination clinics are held monthly through September from 8-10:30 a.m. at the Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center, at 7315 Muncaster Mill Road, in Derwood.

The City of Rockville requires all dogs, cats and ferrets older than 4 months to be vaccinated for rabies and to have a current city license. Failure to vaccinate an animal may subject the owner to a $250 fine. The fine for an unlicensed pet is $50.

The clinics offer free or discounted rabies vaccinations after pet licenses are purchased at the clinic for City of Rockville, City of Gaithersburg and Montgomery County pets. Reduced license fees are available for handicapped individuals, public assistance recipients and those 60 years of age or older. All animals must be leashed or in carriers and controlled to receive service.

Clinics will be held April 28, May 19, June 23, July 21, Aug. 25 and Sept. 15. In case of rain, the clinics will be canceled. For more information, call 240-314-8937 or visit www.rockvillemd.gov/rabiesclinic.

Recreation and Parks Foundation Awards Grants

The Rockville Recreation and Parks Foundation has awarded six grants worth almost $10,000 to help the Recreation and Parks Department provide improved services to the community.

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Position to Focus on Business Community

The Mayor and Council heard updates at their March 25 meeting on progress made toward 11 strategies that would strengthen Rockville Town Center’s vitality.


Chief of long range planning, David Levy, has been named assistant director of planning and business improvement, and has become a liaison to the business community in Town Center and across the city.

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Get Registered and Get Ready for the Twilight Runfest

The Rockville Rotary Twilight Runfest, presented by the Rockville Rotary Club Foundation and the City of Rockville, celebrates its 34th year in 2019.

The 8-kilometer road race and 1-mile family fun run will be held Saturday, July 20.

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Deadline Approaches to Prove You’re a TERRIFIC Kid

Saturday, April 6 is the deadline to turn in forms to earn a free bike through the 2019 TERRIFIC Challenge.

TERRIFIC stands for Trustworthy, Earnest, Respectful, Responsible, Involved, Fair, Industrious and Caring.

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