No Cars, Just People: DC Launches Open Streets in Anacostia

Why should cars be all the fun? A major thoroughfare in southeast DC will open to pedestrians, scooters and cyclists this weekend. And no cars allowed.

Why should cars be all the fun? A major thoroughfare in southeast DC will open to pedestrians, scooters and cyclists this weekend. And no cars allowed.

District open streets in your neighborhood start on Martin Luther King Jr Avenue Saturday. About a third of a mile will be car-free, from Good Hope Road SE to Morris Road SE from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

A major thoroughfare in southeast DC will open to pedestrians, scooters and cyclists this weekend. (Courtesy of Open Streets DC)

“We are showing that the streets are one of our most valuable assets in the city and how they can be used for more than just vehicles,” said Anna Chamberlin, associate director of the planning and sustainability division. to the district transportation department.

The event will include live music, entertainment, demonstrations and a fitness class.

“Many businesses near and along the route will also be holding activities,” Chamberlin told WTOP.

Shared electric vehicle company Lime will teach people how to safely ride e-scooters and e-bikes.

Street closures will begin at 7 a.m. The City recommends taking public transportation to get there.
The district launched Open Streets in 2019, closing several miles off George Avenue Northwest. (the 2020s were canceled due to the pandemic).

This year, Open Streets will take place in all neighborhoods, including a larger event on June 4, along 7th Street NW, through Shaw and Chinatown in Wards 2 and 6.


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