District Department of Transportation

Slow Streets Initiative

Slow streets barrier by crosswalk and 2 orange traffic cones

March 2021 Update:

DDOT continues to support finding ways to safely reimagine public spaces for people, recreation, and active forms of transportation. We are evaluating the successes and challenges of programs piloted during the public health emergency to develop a long-term strategy for realizing this goal. Supporters and critics of the Slow Streets program have both expressed that they like the program, as envisioned, but that vision is often disparate from the reality. Compliance with the regulations of the Slow Streets program is reportedly low, leaving pedestrians and others feeling unsafe while using the roadway. This disconnect between perceived safety and actual safety is not sustainable. Therefore, DDOT has made the determination that the Slow Streets program as it currently exists will remain in effect until the end of May. We are committed to reviewing the lessons learned from this experiment, conceived and implemented on very quick turn-around during the emergency, as we seek a permanent and more effective strategy to safely create spaces for people.


Slow Streets are restricted to local traffic only and the speed limit is set at 15 miles per hour to support neighborhood-based safe social distancing while walking, running, or cycling.  Drivers should only use a designated Slow Street if their destination is within two blocks of that street. Residents, emergency vehicles, deliveries, and trash collection vehicles still have access to Slow Streets. Streets with bus routes are not eligible for a Slow Streets designation. 

The following locations have been designated as Slow Streets:

Ward 1

  • 6th Street NW between Lamont Street NW and Keefer Place NW
  • Girard Street NW between 14th Street NW and Georgia Avenue NW
  • Keefer Place NW between Georgia Avenue and 6th Street NW
  • Lamont Street NW between 13th Street NW and Park Place NW
  • 19th Street NW between Dupont Circle and Biltmore Street NW; plus most of Biltmore and Cliffbourne (also crosses Ward 2)

Ward 2

  • S Street NW between Massachusetts Avenue and New Jersey Avenue NW (also crosses Wards 1 and 6)

Ward 3 

  • 39th Street NW between Massachusetts Avenue and Fulton Street NW
  • Davenport Street NW between Nebraska Avenue and Linnean Street NW
  • Yuma Street NW between Massachusetts Avenue NW and Connecticut Avenue NW
  • 36th Street NW between Connecticut Avenue and Reno Avenue/Warren Street NW

Ward 4

  • 8th Street NW between Missouri Avenue and New Hampshire Avenue NW
  • Van Buren Street NW between 16th Street NW and North Capitol Street
  • 8th Street NW between Piney Branch/Whittier Street NW and Missouri Avenue NW

Ward 5 

  • 10th Street NE between Otis Street NE and Rhode Island Avenue NE
  • 17th Street NE between Randolph Street and Bryant Street/Montana Avenue NE
  • K Street NE between Bladensburg Road to 18th Street NE/Maryland Avenue NE
  • Oates Street NE between West Virginia Avenue to Bladensburg Road NE
  • Newton Street NE between 12th Street NE and South Dakota Avenue

Ward 6 

  • 3rd Street NE/SE between M Street NE to E Street SE
  • E Street SE between 4th Street SE to 11th Street SE/Pennsylvania Avenue SE
  • G Street NE between 2nd Street NE and 15h Street NE/Gales Street NE
  • Gales Street NE between 15th Street NE and 21st Street NE (crosses Wards 6 and 7)
  • 12th Street NE, from East Capitol Street to K Street NE

Ward 7

  • B Street SE between Benning Road and 54th Street SE (Ward 6/7)
  • Fairlawn Avenue SE between K Street SE and Pennsylvania Avenue SE
  • K Street SE between Fairlawn Avenue SE and Randle Circle SE
  • Grant Street NE between Minnesota Avenue NE and 46th Street NE

DDOT will not install Slow Streets in Ward 8 at this time, pursuant to an amendment to the Connected Transportation Network Emergency Act of 2020 and the Connected Transportation Network Temporary Act of 2020.

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Please take a moment and provide DDOT feedback about DC Slow Streets. If you have concerns at a specific location, please email [email protected] or contact your DDOT Community Engagement Specialist.

DC Slow Streets Questionnaire