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Saturday, October 5, 2019

Join us on Georgia Ave NW between 10am to 2pm for the first Open Streets event in the District of Columbia.

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Georgia Ave will be closed to vehicular traffic starting at 8am until 5pm

Ways to Experience the Event

The event will feature an array of things to do, see, and enjoy. Click the icons below to discover some ways to experience the first Open Streets DC.

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Get Here

We encourage you to travel to the event sustainably. Walking, biking, or public transportation are all great options. Open Streets is 3 miles long, from Missouri Avenue NW to Barry Place NW. We encourage you to travel the entire route to experience all Open Streets has to offer.

 

FREE Capital Bikeshare Day Pass

Courtesy of DDOT, Capital Bikeshare is offering FREE 24-hr passes. Download the Capital Bikeshare app and enter the code “OpenStreetsDC” to get unlimited 30-min rides all day long on Saturday! 

RSVP

Let us know you’ll be there. RSVP on Facebook or grab a free ticket on EventBrite

Volunteer

We still have a few volunteer spots open! Help us create an accessible, fun, and safe event for our community.

Sign up to volunteer with Open Streets DC. All volunteers will get a FREE Capital Bikeshare annual membership, Open Streets DC water bottle and T-shirt. 

Pledge

Take the Vision Zero Pledge

By 2024, the District of Columbia will reach zero fatalities and serious injuries to travelers of our transportation system through more effective use of data, education, enforcement, and engineering. Open Streets DC is one of many strategies that will help us get to our goal. Click here to take the pledge. 

Businesses

The online application to participate in Open Streets DC is now closed. 

 

Information Sessions

DDOT and District Bridges representatives held six information sessions for businesses along Georgia Ave NW on Mon, Aug 19 – Wed, Aug 21.  If you were not able to attend a meeting, please email your questions to OpenStreets@dc.gov.

FAQ

  • You can join the Open Streets along the length of the event route on Georgia Ave NW
    between Missouri Ave NW and Barry Place NW between 10am-2pm on October 5th,
    2019.
  • The Open Streets DC website, has information about getting to the event . The Georgia
    Avenue/Petworth Metrorail station is directly along the route and will be open. Several
    WMATA buses will offer access to points along the route, and other WMATA buses will
    be running detoured routes for the Georgia Ave buses.
  • 8 am – 5 pm on Saturday, October 5th.
  • Parking restrictions on Georgia Avenue begin at 11:59 pm, October 4th through 5 pm on
    Saturday.

13th St, Missouri Ave, North Capitol, Florida Ave, and Bryant St NW will all be open during the event and provide connections north/south and east/west.

Click here to download the Detour Map.

DDOT and MPD will have officers located at appropriate locations on the cross-streets to
direct traffic to detour routes. These officers will allow residents of the block to park on
the streets adjacent to Georgia, but not on Georgia Avenue.

Georgia Avenue will be completely closed. Please schedule all flexible deliveries to occur on Friday, October 4 or after 5 pm on October 5. The cross-streets will be open to traffic (although not across Georgia Avenue), but please be aware that cars are likely to need additional travel time due to the detour.

  • The event is expected to bring a significant increase in foot traffic to Georgia Avenue. We expect to attract people from around the District and the region, bringing visibility and new customers to local businesses.
  • DDOT encourages businesses to find creative ways to participate during the event as a
    means of reaching a new and more diverse audience. See ideas below. For most
    businesses, event organizers anticipate that the increased foot traffic will result in
    increased business.
  • Provide a “bike wash” station
  • Provide supplies to decorate bikes, scooters, and strollers
  • Run a fitness-oriented event (“field day” type races, demo equipment, kids bike/scooter
    course)
  • Set up a food demo station for healthy food and drinks
  • Provide a hydration station
  • Set up a station in front of your business for people to sit, eat and relax. Serving food
    outside is not permitted unless your business has an existing permit, but people can buy
    it inside and enjoy it outside.
  • Set a station with children’s activities (crafts, bubbles, hoola hoops, games, coloring
    books)
  • Set out chalk for people to draw on the sidewalk in front of your storefront
  • Provide education demos or brochures on safety for vehicles and pedestrians (could be
    good for automobile shops to advertise mirrors, “right-hand-reach” campaigns, or info
    on how drivers should behave in different traffic calming treatments (roundabouts,
    speed humps, etc.)
  •  Give out reflective stickers and lights.
  •  Sign up to allow participants to use your restroom
  •  Sign up to provide water refills to participants
  •  If your business has a private parking lot along the route, consider hosting an activity or
    allowing DDOT to implement an activity on it
  • Be creative!

The route will have space set aside for quicker transportation modes such as bicycles,
scooters, and roller blades, but will also will provide space for those walking or jogging
along the route. We also welcome people to join fitness classes, demonstrations, or just
sit and enjoy watching people on the street.

The Open Streets event is open to people of all ages and abilities. There will be a range
of events for children and adults as well as places along the event to sit and rest. There
will be activities that are more strenuous such as a rock wall as well as activities aimed
at older adults and younger children.

  • While you do not need to bring anything with you, you may want to bring a water bottle
    and comfortable walking shoes. Dress for the weather – this event happens rain or
    shine!
  • This is also a great event to bring your bicycle, tricycle, scooter, or other sets of
    (non-motorized) wheels – or rent a Capital Bikeshare bike at one of our many stations
    along the route.
  • There are stores and restaurants along the route where you can purchase food or
    beverages and refill your water bottle.

Open Streets is a free event, and all activities associated with the event will be free.
Local businesses will be open to sell food, drinks, and retail items.

The great thing about Open Streets is that you can cycle, run, or walk in any weather!
The event will happen rain or shine, but some programming areas may be modified
along the route to accommodate the weather.

Questions?

If you have any questions, let us know! Email openstreets@dc.gov.

Vehicular Detour Map – Click here to view 

Transit Detour Map – Click here to view bus route changes 

FAQ

The Georgia Avenue/Petworth Metrorail station is directly along the route and will be open. Several WMATA buses will offer access to points near the route, and other WMATA buses will be running detoured routes for the Georgia Ave buses. Bus detour information will be posted on bus shelters in late September.

  • 8 am – 5 pm on Saturday, October 5th.
  • Parking restrictions on Georgia Avenue begin at 11:59 pm, October 4th through 5 pm on
    Saturday, October 5th.

Please call 202-541-6083 to locate your vehicle. Tickets are $50 and $100 for towing costs.

13 th St, Missouri Ave, North Capitol, Florida Avenue, and Bryant St NW will all be open during the event and provide connections north/south and east/west. Click here to download the Detour Map.

DDOT and MPD will have officers located at appropriate locations on the cross-streets to direct traffic to detour routes. These officers will allow residents of the block to park on the streets adjacent to Georgia, but not on Georgia Avenue.

The route will have space set aside for scooters, roller blades, and skateboarding events, but will also will provide space for those walking or jogging along the route. We also welcome people to join fitness classes, demonstrations, or just sit and enjoy watching people on the street.

The Open Streets event is open to people of all ages and abilities. There will be a range of activities for children and adults, as well as places along the event to sit and rest. There will be activities that are more strenuous such as a rock-climbing wall as well as activities for older adults and younger children.

  • While you do not need to bring anything with you, you may want to bring a water bottle
    and comfortable walking shoes. Dress for the weather – this event happens rain or
    shine!
  • This is also a great event to bring your bicycle, tricycle, scooter, or other sets of (non-motorized) wheels – or rent a Capital Bikeshare bike at one of our many stations along the route.
  • There are stores and restaurants along the route where you can purchase food or beverages and refill your water bottle.

Open Streets is a free event and all activities associated with the event will be free.
Local businesses will be open to sell food, drinks, and retail items.

The great thing about Open Streets is that you can cycle, run, or walk in any weather!
The event will happen rain or shine, but some programming areas may be modified
along the route to accommodate the weather.

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