Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Closures for the Inauguration May Allow for Open Streets

Beginning Wednesday, January 18, the 2017 Presidential Inauguration will close much of the monumental core of the District to vehicular traffic until early Monday morning. The District Department of Transportation, along with the Secret Service and other federal and regional agencies, have created transportation plan.

The events surrounding the Inauguration allow for a once-in-every-four-year opportunity to walk and bike in the monumental core without cars. Naturally, all street closures are subject to change.

Security Zones. Image: Secret Service
Vehicle Restrictions 

Along certain streets, parking restrictions will begin at noon, January 18. The Transportation plan generally has two security layers:
  • Green security zone: vehicle traffic restricted to residents or businesses within the restricted area. National Guard personnel will assist with verifying traffic entering into the this zone.
  • Red security zone which restricts all vehicles accept those with proper vehicle placards.
In most cases, these zones are free from automobile traffic, allowing pedestrians and bicyclists relatively free access. Galas, other related events, or motorcades may require additional closures and public safety officials may restrict access.

Pedestrian Access Map
Biking and Walking

In the days leading up to the Inauguration parade and days after, most streets in the core should be open for pedestrians and bicyclists. The Woman's March on Saturday and events associated with the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision Sunday may require periodic closures.

Capital Bikeshare will have two corrals on for the Inauguration and Inaugural Parade: 17th and K Streets NW and 4th and E Street SW. Corral Service runs from 7am to 5pm on January 20.

Bikeshare stations in the National Mall area will be closed January 19 and 20. This includes stations near the Capitol, National Mall, the White House and along the Inaugural Parade route on Pennsylvania Avenue NW from the Capitol to the White House. BikeShare will provide a specific list of affected stations by a service alert message.

Any station within the security perimeter will be offline and completely unavailable until some time after the ceremony and parade. If cyclists leave bikes at closed stations they are responsible for any losses or damages.

For those looking to ride their own bike, a free general bike parking corral will at 16th and I Street NW.


Bicycles will not be permitted aboard Metro trains on Inauguration Day.

The Memorial Bridge will be closed to all vehicular traffic but opened for pedestrians (presumably bicyclists) and Emergency Vehicles.

While the inaugural ceremonies on the National Mall do not require tickets bicycles and other items are prohibited. The non-ticketed area begins at 4th Street NW, and extends past the Washington Monument to 17th Street NW.


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