Don’t miss the first Open Streets event coming to the District of Columbia on Saturday, October 5, 2019 from 10am to 2pm. Attendees of all ages are welcome to get active and enjoy activities like biking, skating, aerobics, shopping, and more! Locations of information stalls, water stations, and activity hubs will be posted soon.SEE THE MAP
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.
Wear comfortable walking shoes and meander down the route. Feel free to bring your furry friends (dogs) along for the ride.
Rent a Capital Bikeshare bike or bring your personal one. There will be plenty of space to enjoy Open Streets DC on two wheels!
Scooters are welcome! We only ask that you park them on side streets, not on Georgia Ave NW.
From aerobics to Zumba, there’s a class for everyone on the route. Local instructors and fitness studios will be offering free fitness classes.
Bounce, jump, skate or scoot in our family fun area. Visit the DPR Fun Wagon to borrow skates, scooters, bikes, jump ropes, basketballs and more.
Without cars in the way, you may start to notice hidden gems and local hotspots. Eat, drink and shop at our small and local businesses along Georgia Ave.
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Employers may provide a bicycle benefit to cover bicycle-related expenses. Employees who participate in any employer-provided bicycle benefits program will have to report the benefit as taxable income.
Companies can make it easy for staff to bike to work, around town for meetings, or just for fun. Each one-year employee membership includes unlimited 30-minute rides and is a low-cost benefit to add to your wellness initiatives and commute program.
Prominently display helpful, informational materials to show your commitment to bike commuting. Request free DC Bike Maps, Capital Bikeshare brochures and bike safety guides for your front desk and new employee orientation packets.
Secure bike parking for employees inside your building gives a rider peace of mind when they bike to work. Under DC’s Bike Parking Regulations, bike parking is required in all buildings with car parking. Submit a request to your building management team.
Placing bike racks in front of your business attracts customers and reduces the demand for parking. Standard bike racks are provided by DDOT at no cost, while custom art racks can be purchased for $500-$1,500. Request a free bike rack assessment from DDOT.
The Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) provides Everyday Biking Seminars* and Confident City Cycling classes. WABA can also customize a ride or class to support your organization’s unique location and culture. *Everyday Biking Seminars are free for Capital Bikeshare Corporate Members.
Installing a transit display in your reception area or lobby provides employees with real-time information about Capital Bikeshare bike and dock availability around your office. Contact TransitScreen® or Redmon Group to get started.
goDCgo’s Bike-Friendly Workplace Award recognizes DC’s top bike-friendly program each year. If you promote a healthy workforce by encouraging employees to bike to work, learn more about the exclusive award program.
The League of American Bicyclists’ elite Bicycle-Friendly Business designation acknowledges organizations that promote biking as a healthy, sustainable and fun form of transportation. goDCgo can help you earn points towards the Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum designation through fun activities, better bike parking, customized messaging and more.
The Guaranteed Ride Home (GRH) program provides commuters who regularly (twice a week) bike to work with a FREE reliable ride home, up to four times per year, for emergencies or unscheduled overtime. Maintain productivity, increase morale and continue the flow of business by encouraging participation in GRH. goDCgo can help you promote the program by providing customized marketing materials and hosting on-site events to answer questions regarding the service. Contact us for more information.
Help us create an accessible, fun, and safe event for our community. Sign up to volunteer with Open Streets DC.
Commuters can deduct up to $265 per month from their paycheck before taxes and use it towards Metrorail, bus, commuter rail and vanpool fares. Many employers choose to subsidize commuters’ transit fares or mix-and-match subsidies and pre-tax deductions. For more information, see Commuter Benefits.
Displays provide real-time arrival and departure information specific to your office’s location. Make it easy for employees to catch the next bus or train by installing a real-time transit display in your reception area or lobby. Contact TransitScreen® or Redmon Group to get started.
Make the most of your transit-friendly location by prominently displaying transportation maps for employees and visitors. Request free Metrorail, bus, MARC and VRE brochures for your front desk and new employee orientation packets.
Employees can conveniently buy a SmarTrip® card online with any major credit or debit card. SmarTrip® cards can also be purchased at any Metrorail station or at Metro sales offices, retail outlets and commuter stores.
The Guaranteed Ride Home (GRH) program provides commuters who regularly (twice a week) take transit to work with a FREE reliable ride home, up to four times per year, for emergencies or unscheduled overtime. Maintain productivity, increase morale and continue the flow of business by encouraging participation in GRH. goDCgo can help you promote the program by providing customized marketing materials and hosting on-site events to answer questions regarding the service. Contact us for more information.
There are many ways your business or organization can help to make Open Streets DC a success. Interested in getting your business’ name out there? Apply online.
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.
A list of frequently asked questions will be posted soon.
The most common form of ridesharing, carpooling is an arrangement by a group of commuters to drive together in one commuter’s personal car to their worksite(s). Carpools usually consist of individuals who live and work near each other and have the same schedule.
Vanpool commuters pay a monthly fare and drive together in a leased van to their worksite(s). Vanpools often originate at a park-and-ride lot and allow commuters to get the cost savings and convenience of public transit in areas with limited transit options. Vanpools are often the fastest and most cost-effective mode of travel for commuters traveling more than 15-20 miles to work.
The IRS allows vanpool commuters in minivans and full-size vans (seven to 15 passengers) to use commuter transit benefits toward vanpool fares. Employers may offer a pre-tax deduction or subsidy of up to $260 per month. Most regional vanpool providers accept SmartBenefits® as payment. For more information on setting up a vanpool program, see Commuter Benefits.
Employers may offer an additional, taxable incentive to employees who carpool and do not qualify for existing transit or vanpool benefits programs.
Carpool and vanpool commuters can earn cash incentives through the Commuter Connections ‘Pool Rewards program for each day they share the ride. New carpools and vanpools can earn up to $150 per month for choosing to share a ride to work.
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.
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Vision Zero Initiative
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.Learn More