Rockville celebrates National Bike Month in May with rides to work and school, and in-memoriam, and neighborhood rides all summer long.
Bike Month Kickoff Ride | Saturday, April 28
Meet at 10 a.m. at City Hall, 111 Maryland Ave. Join Rockville officials and neighbors to celebrate National Bike Month. Pedal a casual 6-mile loop along multi-use trails and quiet residential streets to explore some of the city’s extensive and diverse bicycling infrastructure. The route includes a few paths, bridges and tunnels.
National Bike and Roll to School Day | Wednesday, May 3
Start a celebration or event at your school! Visit www.walkbiketoschool.org or check with your school to see how you can join in. Remember: Montgomery County requires anyone under age 18 to wear a bicycle helmet when riding or being carried on a bicycle, including a bicycle with training wheels, on a public street, in right of way, or on a sidewalk or bicycle path.
10th Annual Tour de Cookie | Saturday, May 6
Join the Tree House Child Advocacy Center at the Carver Educational Services Center, 850 Hungerford Drive, for a 10- or 30-mile noncompetitive, family-friendly, fun-filled bike ride, stopping at cookie stands to collect treats along the way. A free Kids Fun Fest will feature a bike rodeo for children and activities for riders and non-riders alike. Learn more and register to ride at treehousemd.org/tour-de-cookie.
16th Annual Rockville Ride of Silence | Wednesday, May 17
Meet at 6:40 p.m. in front of Rockville Memorial Library, 21 Maryland Ave. in Rockville Town Square. Bring a helmet and bike for a 10-mile police-escorted ride through neighborhoods to honor those who have been killed or injured on a bicycle. Riders must be comfortable riding on streets with traffic and ride approximately 10 miles in one hour. Visit www.rideofsilence.com for more details about this international event.
National Bike to Work Day | 6:30 a.m. Friday, May 19
Registration is now open at www.biketoworkmetrodc.org for all 14 Montgomery County pit stops, including stops at Dawson’s Market in Rockville Town Square and — new this year — at Thomas Farm Community Center, 700 Fallsgrove Drive. Pit stops will have free snacks, beverages and bicycling giveaways while supplies last, and free T-shirts for the first 15,000 people in the Washington metropolitan region to register and stop by.
The Rockville Bicycle Advisory Committee hosts rides throughout the summer. Find upcoming rides at facebook.com/bikerockville. Learn more about bicycling in Rockville at www.rockvillemd.gov/bicycling and www.rockvillemd.gov/rbac.