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Feet in the Street Saturday in Fort Dupont

Tomorrow, Saturday, is Feet in the Street, DC's first foray into the Ciclovia/Summer Streets/Sunday Streets phenomenon, where cities around the world close down streets in densely populated areas to create linear festivals. People walk, bike, and rollerblade through their city in ways not possible normally. Stops along the way provide entertainment, education, refreshment, and more.

After Petworth neighbors panned an initial proposal to run an event on Kansas Avenue, DC officials settled on Fort Dupont Park. While this misses the point a bit, it's a first step toward trying this out in DC. If this is successful, it will help build the case for such an event through more neighborhoods next year. Hopefully it won't rain too much.

Map of Feet in the Street access and activities. Click to enlarge (PDF)

Events include:

  • Guided nature hikes
  • Invasive plant removal outings
  • Free 2-hour bike rentals
  • Healthy food workshops
  • Community garden tours
  • Bike rides and bike classes
  • Fitness classes, workouts, and blood sugar/pressure testing
  • In-line skating, boxing, and tennis
  • Musical performance
Benning Road is the closest Metro station, and Texas Avenue is a good bike route for the 10-minute ride to the park. Minnesota Avenue, Potomac Avenue, and Anacostia stations are also within biking distance. The U and V buses serve the park. There is also parking in a lot near Randle Circle, and the park road accessing the lot will not be closed to traffic.
David Alpert is the founder of Greater Greater Washington and its board president. He worked as a Product Manager for Google for six years and has lived in the Boston, San Francisco, and New York metro areas in addition to Washington, DC. He now lives with his wife and two children in Dupont Circle. 


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good place to hold this event.

That way our city council members can have plenty of easy and free parking for their cars.

by w on Aug 28, 2009 3:42 pm • linkreport

If DC Council likes to have these things in parks, how about holding the next one on the National Mall? It would be wonderful for both locals and tourists to be able to stroll from lawn to lawn and museum to museum without worrying about getting hit by a car.

by tom veil on Aug 28, 2009 4:07 pm • linkreport

A Beach Drive-like closure of Ft Davis and Ft Dupont Drives anyone?

by Eric on Aug 28, 2009 4:58 pm • linkreport

Nebraska Avenue, from Mass Ave to Connecticut would be pretty great.

by цarьchitect on Aug 28, 2009 5:04 pm • linkreport

Weather's not looking too good...

by Froggie on Aug 28, 2009 8:06 pm • linkreport

I am in favor of Massachusetts Ave. from 9th Street NW to Dupont Circle. By keeping certain cross streets open (11th and going under Thomas Circle so that 14th St. would stay open) no bus routes would have to be rerouted.

Plus it's in the heart of the city.

by Richard Laymanr on Aug 29, 2009 7:43 am • linkreport

Best idea since the Saturday morning Critical Mass Ride was held in Rock Creek Park...

by ibc on Aug 29, 2009 9:36 am • linkreport

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