Washington, DC

From a press release:

“Safe streets and climate activists throughout DC will close multiple streets to cars on Monday to give pedestrians and bicyclists room to exercise while remaining physically distant. Along with several DC grassroots organizations, the activists will use orange cones and other obstacles to close roads or lanes of traffic to nonresident vehicle traffic. This direct action builds on the #WidenDCSidewalks demonstrations that began in early April. Both movements aim to convince Mayor Muriel Bowser and DC Council Chair Phil Mendelson to immediately open DC streets to people walking, biking, and scooting.

Closures include: A St NE and A St SE, Oleans Place NE, Oates St NE, CHurch St NW, Linden St NE, Wylie St NE, 9th St NW, Upshire St NW, N St SW, Kansas Ave NW, Shepherd, NW, Taylor St. NW, Mozart and Fuller St NW, Butternut St NW, Euclid and Belmont St NW, Otis Pl NW, E St NE, Champlain St NW. Read More


Photos by Cristiam Rodriguez

Thanks to Cristiam for sending from the Cleveland Park Service Lane, yes THAT service lane.

DDOT shares other locations: “The first round of sidewalk extensions are being installed by the end of the week at the following locations to allow pedestrians enough space to practice social distancing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency.

North side of Irving St NW between Hiatt Pl and 15th St NW

West side of Georgia Ave NW between Quincy St and Randolph St

East side of 25th St NW between Pennsylvania Ave NW and Trader Joe’s driveway

North side of H St NE between 3rd St NE and 4th St NE

Full closure of the Connecticut Ave NW service lane between Macomb St NW and Ordway St NW Read More


Photo by PoPville flickr user Tim Brown

From the Mayor’s Office:

“Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will temporarily extend sidewalks near grocery stores and other essential retailers to allow pedestrians enough space to practice social distancing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency. Sidewalk extensions will be located in all eight wards of the District, based upon DDOT’s evaluation and suggestions from the public. Read More



Jay sends the above from SW: “Almost got run over by a biker when clearly there was no reason to be on a sidewalk.”

And Frank sends the shot below from Georgetown: “A contender for the Jack Evans Park Anywhere Award.” Read More


“Dear PoPville,

I swear the intersection of H and New York NW (between 13th and 14th) has to be the most dangerous intersection in DC. Pedestrians are given a walk light for just half of the road, then expected to wait in the middle of the road to get a different walk light for the second half of the crossing. Because this is such an unusual way to cross the street, I think it doesn’t even occur to people that they have to wait for the second light; they then charge across, thinking they have a walk light, while oncoming traffic has a green light to go. It doesn’t help that this is in the heart of downtown where tons of people need to cross the road! Read More


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