Open Streets DC hosts mile-long event in Northwest

Open Streets DC has hosted another block party in Northwest, giving the area an opportunity to have a little midday fun in the summer heat.

From Shaw through Penn Quarter, more than a mile of 7th Street NW was closed to cars from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. so pedestrians could, as Mayor Muriel Bowser said, enjoy a little summer fun.

“I encourage residents to meet us on bikes, skates, scooters or feet as we enjoy a day outdoors,” she said

The event, hosted by the District Department of Transportation, is part of an ongoing global initiative to allow people to “experience their city streets in a whole new way.”

Temporary road closures made space for Bike Rodeos, Virtual Reality experiences, Live art and fitness classes, a silent disco and a fit zone with Zumba, yoga and strength training options.

Open Streets DC has hosted one other event this year in Anacostia.

The next planned event will be in Ward 7 along Benning Road Northeast — a date has yet to be announced. Updates for plans in Wards 5 and 3 are available at


Ivy Lyons

Ivy Lyons is a digital journalist for Since 2018, they have worked on Capitol Hill, at NBC News in Washington, and with WJLA in Washington.

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