Learn how to get around Brightwood and Brightwood Park sustainably.

Walkable

Brightwood-Manor Park has a walk score of 77 and serves as the 24th most walkable neighborhood in Washington, DC. Brightwood Park has a walk score of 84. Most errands can be accomplished by foot in both neighborhoods.

Bike-Friendly

Brightwood-Manor Park has a bike score of 65 and Brightwood Park has a bike score of 79, so both neighborhoods have a growing bike infrastructure.

Accessible

Brightwood-Manor Park has a transit score of 66 with about 11 bus lines passing through it. Brightwood Park has a transit score of 59. There are many nearby public transportation options in both neighborhoods.

Transportation Options

  • Capital Bikeshare

    Rent a bike at one of several nearby stations located in the Brightwood and Brightwood Park neighborhoods.

  • Dockless Vehicles

    Rent a dockless bike or scooter from one of eight different operators in the District.

  • Metrobus

    Hop on one of the four Metrobus routes with many stops servicing Brightwood and Brightwood Park residents.

  • Rideshare

    Rideshare options include slugging, carpooling, vanpooling, and ridehailing services like Lyft and Uber.

  • Carshare

    Rent, pick-up, and drop-off a car from a designated location or reserve and park a car on the street depending on the provider.

  • Personal Bike

    Ride and park your personal bike at the nearest Metro station or take it around town to avoid traffic.

LOCAL CONVENIENCES

Grocery Stores

Grocery Stores

These nearby neighborhood convenience stores sell groceries, cleaning supplies, household goods, and more.


Pharmacies

Pharmacies

For first-aid, medicine, and more, find your closest CVS pharmacy store.

  • CVS – 6514 Georgia Avenue NW
  • CVS – 5227 Georgia Avenue NW
  • CVS – 128 Kennedy Street NW

Recreation

Recreation

You can find a few local recreation centers and parks for some indoor or outdoor physical activity.


RESOURCES & INFORMATION

Along with saving time and money, commuters who carpool, vanpool, use public transit, bike, or walk to work two or more days a week can qualify for a FREE and reliable ride home if/when emergencies arise. Register for the Guaranteed Ride Home (GRH) program, and rest assured that you’ll get home in case of an unexpected event or unscheduled overtime.

Available 24/7, Capital Bikeshare has over 6,000 bikes and 600 stations located throughout the DC metro area, making it convenient to get around without a car. The following stations are located in Brightwood and Brightwood Park:

  • Georgia Avenue & Piney Branch Road NW
  • 14th & Luzon Street NW
  • 14th Street & Colorado Avenue NW
  • Georgia Avenue & Kennedy Street NW
  • 5th & Kennedy Street NW
  • Georgia & Missouri Avenue NW
  • Kansas Avenue & Longfellow Street NW

In the District, you have the option of choosing among eight different dockless bike and scooter operators including:

Rates vary by provider. To find your nearest dockless vehicle, simply download the provider app!

When finished with your ride, you should always park your dockless bike or scooter upright on the curb leaving at least 5 feet of space on the sidewalk. You could also park at one of the following scooter corrals:

  • 14th & Aspen Street NW
  • Luzon Avenue NW (mid-block)
  • 14th & Rittenhouse Street NW
  • Kansas Avenue & Gallatin Street NW

Metrobus is easily accessible from every neighborhood in the District, especially Brightwood and Brightwood Park where there are countless convenient bus stops to make up for the distance from the Metrorail.

Find what route works best for you to determine the closest bus stop:

  • 52,54
  • 70,79
  • 62,63
  • E4

The closest Metrorail stations are Takoma on the Red Line and Georgia Ave-Petworth on the Green/Yellow Line. Get to these stations by foot, bus, bike, or scooter.

The Brightwood and Brightwood Park neighborhoods have a fair amount of bike facilities. Review the map.

There’s a bike lane stretching along the entirety of 14 Street NW to Logan Circle. You can also find a bike lane on 13th Street NW crossing over onto Piney Branch Road in Brightwood. In Brightwood Park, you have access to the bike lane along Kansas Avenue NW that extends from Petworth to the DC/MD line. There are also signed bike routes stretching along 8th and 13th Streets NW.

The Metropolitan Branch Trail on-street interim route runs along the eastern edge of the neighborhood (up 3rd Street). The permanent off-street trail is currently under construction from Brookland to Fort Totten.

Rock Creek Park is easy to get to via Morrow Drive and Joyce Road, and accessible from quiet neighborhood streets like Rittenhouse and Longfellow. Since the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, significant segments of Beach Drive have been permanently closed to car traffic while others have very limited access, so Rock Creek park is a great place to bike for exercise.

Carsharing provides the independence of a car without the expenses of car ownership, like gas, monthly parking, and insurance. In the District, there are two companies that provide carsharing services in public space: Zipcar and Free2Move. If using Zipcar, cars must be picked up at designated locations and returned to the same location or dropped off near a driver’s destination. Your closest Zipcar location is in Petworth. Free2Move gives you the freedom to find and reserve a vehicle parked near you and drop it back off at any valid street parking spot.

Employees can choose a monthly or annual Zipcar membership for as low as $7 per month or $70 per year; or choose a dedicated rental for weekday commutes. Zipcar has partnered with Bozzuto, the DC Housing Authority, and a long list of other local property management companies to provide special offers to DC residents. Review the property list to see if you can take advantage of this special offer as well.

When commuters share a ride in the same general direction, they are ridesharing. You can begin and end the trip together or take detours to pick-up or drop-off a passenger along the way. Slugging, carpooling, and vanpooling are all forms of ridesharing. Providers like Lyft and Uber offer on-demand ridehailing services that allow you to share a car with others who are going the same way.

  • Lyft Pink – Membership program with preferred pricing for riders who take 2-3 rides per week (or more) and who are looking to make the most of their time and money. For $19.99 per month, Lyft Pink riders will get 15% off unlimited car rides, priority airport pickups, surprise offers, relaxed cancellations, and more.
  • After-Hours Commuter Service Program – Tailored for late-night workers, you can get a shared ride to work if you need to travel between midnight and 4am.* Once enrolled, Metro covers the first $6 of your shared ride with Lyft when you commute to/from work within Metro’s compact service area up to 40 trips per month.

*Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, shared rides have been temporarily suspended. All rides are being provided on an individual basis.

Carpooling is when two or more people drive together (share the same vehicle) to get to work. Carpools usually consist of individuals who live near each other and are employees of the same company (or are employees of different companies located only a short distance apart) and have the same work hours. Sometimes, carpoolers use personal vehicles to take turns driving. Need help finding other carpoolers? The Commuter Connections Ridematching Service connects people interested in carpooling with each other for free. Some employers also help to organize carpools and provide incentives for carpooling.

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MAPS & TOOLS

Finding a good route is important when you are trying to get around the District without a car. Fortunately, there are maps, apps, websites, and tools to help you find your way.

  • 2020 DC Bike Map PDF 21.9mb
  • DC Metrobus Map PDF 972.004kb
  • DC Circulator Map PDF 5.03mb
  • Metrorail Map PDF 3.3mb
  • Go Far with No Car Neighborhood Guide PDF 678.221kb
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  • Bird

    Available on:   iOS Android

    Local scooter provider that operates 720 vehicles in the District.

  • Jump

    Available on:   iOS

    Local bike and scooter provider that operates 2,500 vehicles in the District.

  • Lime

    Available on:   iOS Android

    Local scooter provider that operates 720 vehicles in the District.

  • Lyft

    Available on:   iOS Android

    Local scooter provider that operates 1,220 vehicles in the District.

  • Razor

    Available on:   iOS Android

    Local scooter provider that operates 720 vehicles in the District.

  • Skip

    Available on:   iOS Android

    Local scooter provider that operates 2,500 vehicles in the District.

  • Spin

    Available on:   iOS Android

    Local scooter provider that operates 2,070 vehicles in the District.

  • Allows you to view all station locations and the number of available bikes and docks, purchase a pass, unlock a bike, and ride right away!

  • Citymapper

    Available on:   iOS Android

    The ultimate transport app that uses open data, mobile, and payment technology to make transport sustainable and hassle free; particularly useful for bike and dock availability.

  • CityMotion

    Available on:   iOS Android

    You’ll be able to get real-time information for all your mobility options anywhere and everywhere you go. Data is sorted by what’s most useful at the exact time and moment you open the app.

  • A robust, interactive transit map that shows metropolitan DC’s complete bike network. From bike-friendly roads to dirt paths and trails, this handy tool will help you get going on two wheels.

  • Helbiz

    Available on:   iOS Android

    Helbiz is your new urban mobility partner. Simply tap to instantly unlock, ride, and leave your e-bike anywhere for the next person to use.

  • Web tool identifying bike parking locations throughout the Washington, DC region.

  • Web tool helping you find safer bike routes.

  • Ride Report tracks your miles, maps your routes, and awards ride streaks for your daily errands and commutes.

  • Strava

    Available on:   iOS Android

    Social network connecting runners and cyclists through the sports they love.

  • Transit

    Available on:   iOS Android

    Transit is your real-time urban travel companion. Get accurate real-time predictions, simple trip planning, step-by-step navigation, service disruption notifications, and departure and stop reminders. You can also easily find and grab the closest bikeshare.

  • Map specializing in bike shops, trail access, incidents, and DC routes.

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