Welcome to Open Streets - Block D
What is Open Streets?
Open Streets is a global initiative that offers communities the opportunity to experience their city streets in a whole new way. Open Streets events temporarily close roadways to vehicles to provide safe spaces for walking, biking, skating, and other social activities.
Our events help users reimagine public space to prioritize people over cars, provide easy access to recreation and other health-oriented programming, and promote local economic development by helping support businesses. The District of Columbia began celebrating Open Streets in 2019 at the inaugural event on Georgia Avenue.
The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is the lead agency for the Open Streets program in the District of Columbia. DDOT offers two types of Open Streets events:
Check out our events page and find out which Open Streets events are coming to YOUR neighborhood!
Featured Homepage Events
We are thrilled to bring the first Signature Open Streets event of the year through Downtown!
This 1 ½ mile route will connect Shaw, Mount Vernon Square, Chinatown, and Penn Quarter as people ride, bike, walk, socialize, and participate in programming planned exclusively for 7th Street!
Open Streets is designed for people of all ages and backgrounds. Want to ride uninterrupted across multiple different neighborhoods? Care to join a dancing or fitness class with your friends? Do you prefer to sit back and enjoy the line-up of diverse musical performances? How about bringing the kids out to enjoy family-friendly activities in one of downtown’s most popular corridors without the worry of traffic?
All of these are possible at the 7th Street Open Streets event! Kick-off the summer with a safe and exciting way to enjoy our streets!
No cars, just people.
7th Street Open Streets Route Map
Pop Up Bike Lane
Pop Up Arboretum and Tools of the Trade
Kids Zone and Bouncy House
Curb Extension Mural and Parklet
Semi-Truck Blind Spot Demonstration
Featured Artists and Musicians
To be announced!
How Do I Get Here?
Ditch the car and check out all the various ways to get to 7th Street NW instead. Brought to you by the District Department of Transportation’s goDCgo team.
Module coming soon!
Do You Have a Business Located on the 7th Street Route?
If you are a business on 7th Street NW, located between Florida Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue, click our link to apply and activate the public right-of-way in front of your store!
All applications are due on Sunday, May 8.
If you were unable to attend a session, please see the recording below that provides all relevant information about Open Streets and business participation. Email us at [email protected] if you have any questions or require assistance.
- Wanda’s on 7th
- VIDA Fitness
- Morris American Bar
- Five Iron Golf DC
- Hill Country Barbeque Market
- The Yoga Shala DC
- Dacha Beer Garden
- Ivy and Coney
- Stop Smack’N Restaurant
- Jake’s Tavern
- Foxtrot Market
- FishScale Inc
- Bread for the City
Volunteer With Us!
Interested in volunteering for the day-of on 7th Street NW? Please follow this link to fill out the form!
Interested in becoming a sponsor of the Signature 7th Street Open Streets? Contact us at [email protected].
Benefits of Open Streets - Block A
Benefits of Open Streets
Open Streets programs promote healthy lifestyles by encouraging residents to explore miles of public space by walking, running, or rolling.
Open Streets events draw thousands of participants and generate new foot traffic in local business districts and neighborhoods.
Open Streets expose people to alternate modes of transportation and remove vehicles from the road for a day.
Open Streets engage residents to take ownership of their public spaces, transforming our relationships with our communities.