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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! Be sure to watch the recap below of our fun transforming 7th Street NW for the community.
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.