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Noble pedestrians, the National Park Service, the District Department of Transportation, and the District's MPD will be celebrating your feet this coming Saturday in Fort Dupont Park. Yes, it's the third annual car-free celebration, Feet in the Street — happening 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and as the poster says, "No cars! No traffic! Just fun!"
To understand what this event signifies and how it's developed over the last three years, revisit this piece I reported and wrote from late July, when NPS was planning on how to integrate face-painters and pumpkins and even in-line skates into the car-free event. NPS already had the October 15 date in mind when I spoke with multiple individuals there a couple months back, and I'm glad to see the event is finally arriving. The day is completely free, and as NPS announces now, Feet in the Street will provide "a day for your family to bike, hike and participate in other outdoor activates without worry of motorist speeding through the park. All roads inside Fort Dupont park will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on October 15, 2011 and anyone interested can come take part in the fun full day for free." Features and events include "Yoga on the Lawn!" at 9 a.m., a 5K Fun Run!" at 9:30, a rock climbing wall, and in the afternoon, mountain bike rides, a boxing demo, and free lifts in DDOT's cherry picker. Check out the NPS website for more details.
Saturday will be an especially pedestrian-friendly day in D.C. As Feet in the Street happens in Fort Dupont Park, the Georgia Ave/Pleasant Plains Heritage Trail will debut in a ceremony held at Howard University Hospital. It'll be a good day to be a walker in D.C.
Here's a DDOT poster announcing the coming family-friendly Feet in the Street event, designed to encourage a lifestyle that doesn't rely on cars to get everywhere:
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