In any city, construction is part of life. But when construction closes sidewalks, it makes walking more difficult and dangerous. The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) has a policy requiring that construction closures keep a safe path open for pedestrians and cyclists, but that often doesn’t happen in reality.
We know keeping people walking safe during construction is possible. In other cities, notably New York, construction companies manage to create a safe passage regardless of the project, such as the sidewalk scaffold pictured.
All Walks DC has worked to draw attention to construction projects and sidewalk closures that fail to keep people walking safe during construction by photographing, tweeting, writing blogs, and encouraging other residents to document unsafe locations. If you see a sidewalk closure that is forcing people to walk in the street, please take a photo and tweet it with the hashtag #dcwalkblock.