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DC Opens Georgia Avenue to Pedestrians Only for First Open Streets Event

A three-mile stretch of Georgia Avenue NW will become the scene of the District’s first ever Open Streets event on Saturday, October 5 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

The free, family-friendly event, hosted by Mayor Muriel Bowser and the District Department of Transportation, offers a rare, vehicle-free avenue through Northwest Washington that is ideal for an hour-long fitness class, dog walk and window-shopping at local businesses, between Barry Place NW to Missouri Avenue NW.

The event aims to inspire participants to think differently about how we use our streets and promote community and healthy activity for all ages and abilities.

To make the traffic-free corridor even better, there will be entertainment stations along the way, including a climbing wall, motorized scooter clinics, bike tune-ups, a skateboarding ramp, kids “traffic garden,” and fitness classes including yoga, Zumba, kickboxing, CrossFit and more. Local businesses are also planning their own “Open Streets” inspired events and specials along the route.

The Open Streets program is part of Mayor Bowser’s “Vision Zero Initiative,” which has a goal to eliminate fatalities and serious injuries for all users of the District’s transportation network regardless of how they decide to travel. Vision Zero is a collaborative effort between dozens of District government agencies and requires the use of data, education, enforcement and engineering to improve the safety of D.C. streets.

Register here. For details, visit openstreets.dc.gov and sign up for event emails here.

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