The event, which would feature activities like fitness training and children’s bike rides, aimed to tout the District as “the “premier pro-pedestrian/ bicycle city in the U.S.”
The agency was working with the National Park Service and Washington Area Bicyclist Association on the idea, Laing said.
The proposal called for the closure of Kansas between Georgia and Missouri avenues for six hours, blocking cars from parking on the strip. At the meeting, Laing said the street would remain accessible to emergency vehicles.
The Petworth commission did not vote on the proposal but pointed out the potential inconvenience to residents.
In a later interview with The Current, Laing reported that his agency opted to cancel the event. He referred to concerns about parking for elderly and disabled residents
Richard is worried about such a program in DC
I'm not sure if he means "around Kansas Avenue" or "DC", but from later comments it seems he means DC. It's true that a summer streets program in DC would probably have less participation than one in NYC, but, we do already have a summer street (and winter, and fall and spring) in the form of Beach Drive in Rock Creek Park and it is a roaring success.
Still I share his concern that the people of Petworth feel they can't close 12 blocks of Kansas for 6 hours for a program like this.
Update: Richard Layman wrote about this again, this time about DuPont Circle, which he does think would work - so maybe he didn't mean all of DC.