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Bicycle Trails and Tips

Like to ride you bicycle? You'll be in good territory at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Rockville Hotel & Suite in Rockville MD located in the capital district of Washington DC.

As a Bike Friendly city since 2012, the city continues to improve and add to a bike riders safety and enjoyment of the road. Dedicated and well marked bike lanes are strategically situated throughout the city. The avid bike rider will find paths that are adjacent to and in many instances, directly connected to magnificent parks and the popular Carl Henn Millennium Trail. This trail is a fun ride with your family and friends, as a shared-use path that circles the city of Rockville as a 10.6-mile loop. Click here to check out the map.

Bicycling Tips

  • Give your bicycle a safety check each time before you ride.
  • Always wear safety gear. (Helmet, Gloves, Knee and Elbow pads, Shoes)
  • Don't bike in crowds. Walk you bicycle through crowded places.
  • Keep your eye on the road ahead so you can be prepared for road obstacles such as wet leaves, big puddles, changes in the road surface, storm grates, gravel or rocks, curbs and pedestrians.
  • Learn the proper hand signals. Also learn & obey the traffic laws.
  • Keep your bicycle in proper working order and inspect it before every ride. Look for loose, broken or cracked parts; check the tires, brakes and shifting.

Know what to do in an emergency.
Skateboarding accidents happen, so you should always know what to do in emergency situations. Don't panic. Call 911 for medical assistance or an ambulance.

Safe Bicycling*
Bicycling is one of the most popular ways to get around, whether for recreation, sport or transportation. An estimated 73 to 85 million Americans ride bikes ranging from high performance, 18-speed, touring models, to "dirt bikes" equipped with "balloon" tires—and dozens of variations in between.

With millions of cyclists on the roads—the same roads occupied by millions of motor vehicles that are larger, heavier and faster than bikes—the National Safety Council believes that defensive driving applies to people who pedal with their feet to travel, as well as to those who push on the gas pedal. 

Taking precautions in traffic and wearing protective equipment are a cyclist's best shields against unintentional injuries.

The Council offers the following tips for safe and enjoyable bicycling:

  • Obey traffic rules. Get acquainted with ordinances. Cyclists must follow the same rules as motorists.
  • Know your bike's capabilities. Remember that bicycles differ from motor vehicles; they're smaller and can't move as fast. However, they can change direction more easily, stop faster and move through smaller spaces.
  • Ride in single file with traffic, not against it. Bicycling two abreast can be dangerous. Bicyclists should stay as far right on the pavement as possible, watching for opening car doors, sewer gratings, soft shoulders, broken glass and other debris. Remember to keep a safe distance from the vehicle ahead.
  • Make safe turns and cross intersections with care. Signal turns half a block before the intersection, using the correct hand signals (left arm straight out for left turn; forearm up for right turn). When traffic is heavy and the cyclist has to turn left, it is best to dismount and walk the bicycle across streets, at crosswalks whenever one is present..
  • Never hitch on cars. A sudden stop or turn could send the cyclist flying into the path of another vehicle.
  • Before riding into traffic: stop, look left, right, left again, and over your shoulder.
  • Always be seen. During the day, cyclists should wear bright clothing. Nighttime cycling is not advised, but if riding at night is necessary, retro reflective clothing will make cyclists more visible. Retro reflective clothing is designed to bounce back motorists' headlight beams.
  • Make sure the bicycle has the right safety equipment: a red rear reflector; a white front reflector; a red or colorless spoke reflector on the rear wheel; an amber or colorless reflector on the front wheel; pedal reflectors; a horn or bell; and a rear view mirror. A bright headlight is recommended for night riding.
  • Wear a helmet. The Council strongly urges all cyclists to wear helmets. The first body part to fly forward in a collision is usually the head, and with nothing but skin and bone to protect the brain from injury, the results can be disastrous.
  • Follow steps to make sure helmets are the correct size for the cyclist and properly fitted.  The helmet should fit securely and should be worn low and near the eyebrows - not back on the forehead.

In March 1999, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a uniform, mandatory federal safety standard for all bike helmets. All helmets manufactured or imported for sale in the U.S. must carry a label or sticker stating that they meet the requirements of the new standard. Cyclists who currently have a helmet that meets the ASTM, ANSI or Snell standards do not need to rush out to buy a new one; these helmets provide adequate protection. However, when it's time to replace a helmet because it has been outgrown or damaged in a crash, buying a helmet that meets the CPSC standard is recommended.

A properly designed helmet has four characteristics:

  • A stiff outer shell designed to distribute impact forces and protect against sharp objects
  • An energy-absorbing liner at least one-half inch thick
  • A chin strap and fastener to keep the helmet in place
  • It should be lightweight, cool in hot weather and fit comfortably

There is no limit to the fun and exercise gained from bicycling. Being careful will give riders safer trips and a greater peace of mind.

From the NSC.ORG

We look forward to accommodating cyclist of all levels and encourage feedback on your stay as we improve our facility for you and your family's enjoyment while cycling safely. More information can be found on the State of Maryland's bicycling website.

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