One of the most common questions we receive is “How do I bike to…..safely”. In most cases, when one leaves the house for work, shopping, or to go to the park, you may think about how you would get there by car even when you ride your bike. Nobody wants to travel on 50 mph highways or even a 40 mph arterial road. Luckily, the Gaithersburg area has an extensive network of shared use paths, low volume streets and trails that make it easier to get from point A to B without needing to run with the bulls.
There are several resources for finding great routes. Google maps has a handy feature that allows you to see the bike network by clicking on the search box and then selecting Bicycling which will highlight routes on the map in green. Montgomery County publishes an online map that shows its entire bikeway network at: http://gis3.montgomerycountymd.gov/bikewaymap/. Both of these resources are helpful, but don’t contain the real world knowledge of these routes. We at Bike Gaithersburg have mapped our most common routes as well as time circles to give you an idea how far you can get in 20 or 40 minutes to reach common destinations. In addition, we mapped a route between parks throughout the City of Gaithersburg that we are calling the Gaithersburg Greenway – a linear park between existing playgrounds, ball fields, ponds and other natural resources. Travelling the Greenway you will be amazed on the great network of trails throughout the ciity.
Gaithersburg Bikeway Routes from Kentlands / Olde Towne / Crown / Rockville: https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zHmfm4tQd1Tg.kKYgQXs2Zc7c
Gaithersburg Greenway: https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zHmfm4tQd1Tg.kIKxmZYgOH-U