DC’s First Open Streets

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Photo: Courtesy of the DC Department of Transportation

The District will host its inaugural Open Streets event on Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. along Georgia Avenue, NW from Barry Place to Missouri Avenue NW. Nearly three miles of the avenue will be free of vehicular traffic. Walk in the roadway and enjoy a wide range of activities for all ages, abilities and backgrounds. Open Streets features interactive activities led by dozens of District government agencies, including bike and scooter demonstrations, free bike repairs, an obstacle course, fitness classes and other educational and entertainment programming.

In 1976, The Open Streets concept originated in Bogota, Colombia. It has expanded to more than 122 American municipalities. Its goal is to inspire people to think differently about streets by closing them to cars, encouraging physical activity, creating recreational opportunities, fostering community building and education. For more information and to get involved, visit openstreets.dc.gov.