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WHO WE ARE

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) Division of Transportation Engineering (DTE) has the responsibility to plan and construct bikeways. The MCDOT is responsible for maintenance of bikepaths on State roads as well. All bikeways constructed by MCDOT comply with Federal Law under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

In an effort to encourage more users to chose bicycling as a safe and desirable travel choice, MCDOT is constructing separated and protected bike lanes, adding sharrows in travel lanes and more directional bike route signs to make it easier for people of all ages and abilities to ride a bike.

The County offers 90.1 miles of bike lanes, bike-friendly shoulders, and separated bike lanes (cycle tracks) countywide (including municipalities) which break down as:

  • 46.1 miles of properly marked bike lanes
  • 44.0 miles of bike-friendly shoulders
  • 0.3 miles of separated bike lanes

The County also offers 50.0 miles of signed shared roadway and 18.8 miles of sharrows for on-road cycling, as well as more than 250 miles of paved paths. MCDOT will be releasing a new online interactive map showing all of the bikeways in early 2016.

mcbag

The Montgomery County Bicycle Action Group (MCBAG) was created by the MCDOT in 1996 in order to gain input from citizens interested in recreational and on-road cycling issues. MCBAG is a group of citizens interested in recreational and on-road bicycling issues who gives advice to the Department on current issues, programs and projects relating to cycling in Montgomery County.

The MCBAG meets monthly to discuss and recommend positions on various issues on bicycling on a regional and local basis. MCBAG has approximately 100 members who are contacted by an e-mail mailing list. Anyone is welcome to attend. Please refer to the MCDOT calendar for meeting dates.

  • Yes, in Montgomery County bicyclists are allowed to bike on sidewalks. However, bicyclists are required to yield to pedestrians and use a bicycle lane when one is available to them.
  • Click here to register your bicycle. It is also recommended that you read the informational flyer about theft prevention by clicking on the image.
  • The County offers 90.1 miles of bike lanes, bike-friendly shoulders, and separated bike lanes countywide (including municipalities) which breaks down as:
    • 46.1 miles of properly marked bike lanes
    • 44.0 miles of bike-friendly shoulders
    • 0.3 miles of separated bike lanes
  • The County also offers 50.0 miles of signed shared roadway and 18.8 miles of sharrows for on-road cycling, as well as more than 250 miles of paved paths. MCDOT will be releasing a new online interactive map showing all of the bikeways this Fall.
  • You can find the closest bicycle trails and paths near you through our interactive map. Click on the image below to access the map.
  • Please read the Bicycle Rack Installation form and the general facts about Bicycle Racks form by clicking on the images below. Once you have read those and believe that the area you would like a rack in is qualified, fill out the Bicycle Request Form.
  • Contact 311 in the case that there is a path that needs to be fixed or refurbished.
  • Bike trails within Montgomery County Parks are the responsibility of the Maryland National Capital Park And Planning Commisssion . Their Department of Parks maintains about 45 miles of paths and trails. The M-NCPPC is also responsible for Master Plan recommendations as well as the Countywide Bikeways Functional Master Plan. The MCDOT Bikeway Program provides the linkage between Parks, Parks Trails and major State road trails and for the implementation of bicycle facilities (paths, bike lanes and shared lanes on roads).
  • We have two shared use paths within the category of a former railroad converted into a trail corridor: the (North) Bethesda Trolley Trail (from Bethesda to Rockville) and the Georgetown Branch Interim Trail (future Capital Crescent Trail) from Bethesda to Silver Spring. The Georgetown Branch Interim Trail is a crushed stone trail in the corridor under study by the MTA for the Purple Line Transitway. The permanent trail is planned to be constructed alongside the transitway once design and construction are funded.
  • The Bikeway Program also sponsors the Montgomery County Bicycle Action Group (MCBAG) , which is a citizen’s bicycle advisory group sponsored by the MCDOT comprised of representatives of the cycling community and citizens who meet monthly to discuss issues of interest pertaining to cycling in Montgomery County. Anyone can join.
  • In addition, the program develops innovative bicycle-friendly features for the County including bike racks on County buses, bike lockers/rack programs, borrow a bike programs, and alternative mode endorsement. In an effort to address global warming, the bike program endorses the provision of transportation choices to reduce air pollution caused by automobile trips. We encourage your ideas and your participation towards this goal.

CONTACT US

Patricia Shepherd, A.I.C.P., Capital Projects Manager/Bikeways Coordinator
Division of Transportation Engineering
100 Edison Park Dr., 4th Floor
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
E-mail: patricia.shepherd@montgomerycountymd.gov
Phone: 240-777-7223

Transportation Engineering · Montgomery County Department of Transportation · 240-777-7220 · Fax: 240-777-7277 · 100 Edison Park Dr · 4th Floor · Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878 · mcdot.dte.planningr@montgomerycountymd.gov
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