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Flashing Beacons and Adjusted Signals Provide Safer Crossings for the Community

The city’s Department of Public Works installed flashing beacons at the intersection of Great Falls Road and Monument Avenue in August, to provide a safer crossing for schoolchildren and community members along a heavily traveled road.

The pedestrian-activated flashing beacons accompany new concrete pedestrian ramps at the key crossing for children walking to and from Julius West Middle School.

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ParkMobile to Provide for Contactless Parking Payments in Rockville

Replaces MobileNOW! App, Which Stopped Operating in May

Motorists will be able to use the ParkMobile app to pay for parking at the more than 500 publicly metered spaces throughout the City of Rockville, beginning this month.

ParkMobile, the leading provider of smart parking and mobility solutions in the U.S., is an option for paying for parking at over 21,000 spaces in in Montgomery County, as well as in Washington, D.C.; Arlington and Alexandria, Virginia; and over 400 cities across the U.S.

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Rockville Goes Purple in September with Events to Raise Opioid Addiction Awareness

Campaign Aims to Reduce Stigma of Addiction

September is National Recovery Month, and the city will hold several events as part of Rockville Goes Purple, a continuing campaign to shine a spotlight on the impact of opioid addiction and educate the community about the epidemic.

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COVID-19: Making Your Safety Our Priority

Montgomery County remains in the second of three reopening phases, as of late August, with reopening guidelines limiting office use and encouraging telework.

With these guidelines in mind, the city is not able to welcome visitors back to City Hall or many city facilities, and no definitive date for reopening can be established at this time.

Information about the city’s response to the pandemic is available at www.rockvillemd.gov, on social media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Nextdoor), and on Rockville 11 (channel 11 on county cable). Visit mailchi.mp/rockvillemd/covid19updates to sign up for city’s email newsletter featuring city, state and county news about COVID-19. For general inquiries about city operations, call 240-314-5000.

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COVID-19 Testing Coming to Rockville

Rockville United Church will host COVID-19 testing on Saturday, Aug. 1.

The free testing will be from 2-6 p.m. at the church at 355 Linthicum St.

Learn more at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/covid19/testing.html.

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Community Training on Fair and Impartial Policing Returns to Rockville

The Rockville City Police Department is offering free Fair and Impartial Policing training for community members in August.

The latest Fair and Impartial Policing training will be held Thursday, Aug. 6 at Thomas Farm Community Center.

Community members are encouraged to participate in this important and timely training that promotes bias-free behavior in community policing. The training, first held in Rockville last year, gives officers and community members tools to better communicate and work together to make the community safer and more resilient.

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Don’t Push It: All City Pedestrian Signals Are Now Automated

Nearly 50 pedestrian signals, accounting for all the signals operated by the city on Rockville streets, are now automated as part of the city’s response to the COVID-19 emergency.

City signal technicians automated the 48 signals by revising the timing plan that controls the traffic signal timing and sequence. The traffic signals were reprogrammed to be on automated pedestrian recall, which means that the signal controlling software assumes that a pedestrian is pushing the button at every cycle. This will allow the pedestrian to get a “WALK” signal without the need to push the button.

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City Continues to Provide Safe, Reliable Drinking Water

Rockville’s drinking water continues to earn high marks for safety and reliability, even as the city’s water treatment plant balances safety measures for staff and the city’s water infrastructure in the face of the COVID-19 emergency, the city’s Department of Public Works said in the Annual Drinking Water Quality Report.

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Looking Ahead with Vision Zero

The Mayor and Council are expected to put Rockville on a course for zero traffic-related deaths or serious injuries with a vote Monday, July 6 on the city’s Vision Zero Action Plan.

The plan, which the Mayor and Council discussed June 22, includes steps to create safer streets through policies promoting improved design, traffic law enforcement and education. While there are ongoing city efforts in these areas, the plan lays out a coordinated and systematic approach to explore ways to reach the goal. It included input from the Rockville Pedestrian Advocacy Committee, Rockville Bicycle Advisory Committee, the Traffic and Transportation Commission, and the Senior Citizens Commission.

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Police Pledge to Work with Community and Mayor and Council

Chief Brito Outlines Department’s Approach to Unbiased Community Policing

The Rockville City Police Department welcomes the opportunity to engage with the community about how the department can take steps to ensure its focus remains on effective, fair, impartial and unbiased community policing that meets the expectations of the law, city leaders and the community, said Rockville City Police Chief Victor Brito in a presentation to the Mayor and Council on June 22.

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