Washington DC closed down one of its busiest streets to traffic for the day on Saturday October 5th. Georgia Avenue was shut down to all traffic for 3 miles to allow citizens to come out and exercise and participate in the events set up along the way.
Open Streets is a program that temporarily closes streets to motor-vehicle traffic and opens them to people for healthy activities for all ages and abilities. On Saturday, people of all ages filled Georgia Ave. on foot, bike, and scooter to enjoy the day and the events along the way.
From 10am to 2pm pedestrians were able to freely cruise along Georgia Avenue and take in the events set up along the way. There were four stages set up along the way including 2 fitness stages, a demo stage and main stage where there were musical performances. The fitness stages included things such as Zumba classes, yoga, and full body workouts that were put on by local fitness gyms and yoga studios. There were also multiple activities stations along the way that had hydration stations, bike share areas, demos, traffic safety education, and even a farmers market.
The “Open Streets” movement is something that other cities around the country are also taking part in. It is a way to reduce pollution and promote healthier lifestyles.