Roads also closed to bikes, pedestrians during papal visit

WASHINGTON — Bike riders and pedestrians will have to observe road closures along with cars, buses and trucks when the pope arrives in town next week.

According to the District Department of Transportation, streets that are closed to vehicles will also be closed to bikes and foot traffic.

DDOT plans to block roads surrounding the multiple venues that will play host to the pope. Find more details about planned road closures here.

On Massachusetts Avenue, bicyclists and pedestrians will be able to use the sidewalk on the Naval Observatory side of the street any time the southbound lanes are open to traffic. The southbound lanes are expected to close periodically as Pope Francis enters and exits the Nunciature (better known as the Vatican embassy).

The northbound lanes and the adjacent sidewalk will remain closed throughout the pope’s visit.

Parking will also be at a premium as the District will restrict parking along detour routes. Find a full list of parking restrictions here.

Road closures that will be in force during his 48-hour visit are expected to create major delays for commuters and bus riders. Metro riders should expect full trains and crowded platforms.

The Secret Service released this map of pedestrian routes to help guide those who will be on foot around the security perimeter.

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