The Georgetown BID resumed its summer sidewalk widening this past weekend. This project takes the on-street parking lanes on M St. between 33rd and Wisconsin and closes them off to allow pedestrians to use them. This year the effort will aim to last straight through the holiday season.
This idea to take the parking and use it for pedestrians had been around for years, but only gained momentum with the Georgetown 2028 project. The first year it was tried out as a pilot was 2015. Due to its success it has continued, with slightly longer seasons. Last year it went to November. This year they’re aiming to continue right to Dec. 31.
The BID has found that while drivers have slightly fewer places to park, the change has led to less congestion. The reason is that without the parking, there are fewer backups caused by people trying to get into or out of a parking spot. Win-Win!
Also: during the sidewalk widening, the Circulator bus is free as it heads up Wisconsin Ave.