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Open Streets
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Open Streets in Your Neighborhood is coming to Benning Road NE 

We are closing over 0.75 miles of Benning Road NE to cars and opening them for people to freely bike, walk, and engage in many fun and social activities on Saturday, July 30th. You've never seen Benning Road NE like this before – we're bringing some of your favorite family-friendly programming to Ward 7! Bring the whole family and enjoy the reimagining of Benning Road NE with no cars, just people.

The event will take place from 9 – 1 pm. Don’t forget to bring your tennis shoes, water bottle, and a hat!

Learn more

Open Streets in Your Neighborhood is coming to Benning Road NE 

We are closing over 0.75 miles of Benning Road NE to cars and opening them for people to freely bike, walk, and engage in many fun and social activities on Saturday, July 30th. You've never seen Benning Road NE like this before – we're bringing some of your favorite family-friendly programming to Ward 7! Bring the whole family and enjoy the reimagining of Benning Road NE with no cars, just people.

The event will take place from 9 – 1 pm. Don’t forget to bring your tennis shoes, water bottle, and a hat!

Learn more

Welcome to Open Streets - Block D

Welcome!

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: 

  • Signature Events – These events feature a long route of at least 1 ½ miles cutting across multiple Wards and neighborhoods. They feature enhanced programming and entertainment.

  • Open Streets in Your Neighborhood – These events feature shorter routes of approximately ½ mile in length and are intended to increase access to Open Streets and bring the benefits of Open Streets directly to neighborhoods across the District.

Check out our events page and find out which Open Streets events are coming to YOUR neighborhood! 

1100 15th Street NW

1100 15th Street NW
1100 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20005

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Benefits of Open Streets - Block A

Benefits of Open Streets

Health
Open Streets programs promote healthy lifestyles by encouraging residents to explore miles of public space by walking, running, or rolling.
Economy
Open Streets events draw thousands of participants and generate new foot traffic in local business districts and neighborhoods.
Environment
Open Streets expose people to alternate modes of transportation and remove vehicles from the road for a day.
Community
Open Streets engage residents to take ownership of their public spaces, transforming our relationships with our communities.