January 24, 2020
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The District of Columbia Department of Transportation launched three pilot pedestrian-only zones on November 18 as part of an ongoing effort to “find innovative uses of public space” across Washington D.C.

[Above photo by DDOT.]

“The success of Open Streets and our annual Parking Day celebration demonstrates that there’s an appetite for pedestrian-only zones across all eight wards of the District,” said Jeff Marootian, DDOT’s director, in a statement.

Jeff Marootian, DDOT director

“Initiatives like these are an opportunity for us to partner with the business community to achieve Mayor Bowser’s safety and sustainability goal,” he said.

DDOT partnered with Eastbanc Inc., a private real estate firm, to open Cady’s Alley exclusively to pedestrians on weekends – beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Fridays until 6:00 p.m. on Sundays – through the end of December.

Additionally, in partnership with the Georgetown Business Improvement District, two “parklets” are being created – sidewalk extensions designed to create additional gathering space near local businesses for residents and visitors to enjoy while visiting the Georgetown neighborhood. Those will remain in operation through September 2020.

Finally, there a new “pocket park” at the corner of 19th Street NW and Pennsylvania Avenue NW, with the right-turn lane from Pennsylvania Avenue NW onto H Street NW, adjacent to Murrow Park, now enclosed with safety bollards and large planters.

All of those installations are part of DDOT’s ongoing effort to reimagine the curbside space as part of the city’s overall sustainability goals, Marootian said.


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