Georgetown widens sidewalks for weekend foot traffic

WASHINGTON — Elbow room is tight along Georgetown’s sidewalks during an average weekend.

Throw in the masses arriving for the peak bloom of the cherry trees, and there could really be congestion.

But the Georgetown Business Improvement District (GBID) is turning to an idea tried only three times before: It will widen the sidewalks along M Street from 6:30 p.m. Friday until 5 p.m. Sunday. 

“It gives people about eight more feet of space,” says Rachel Cothran, a spokesperson for the GBID. “It’s almost a doubling of the existing sidewalk.”

The more leisurely stroll will be set up between 29th and 31st streets and protected by portable fencing.

Also this weekend, the DC Circulator will provide free rides on the northbound trip, which goes up Wisconsin Avenue.

Drivers can catch a break, too: Colonial Parking will offer $10 all-day rates at 1050 Thomas Jefferson St. The rate is just $5 if purchased in advance online.

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