The DowntownDC BID through its Healthy Communities initiative seeks to support and promote Downtown as a healthy place to live, work and play.
Today, Downtown offers a daily range of healthy options 24-7 for residents, workers and visitors ranging from protected bike lanes to farmers' markets, recycling programs and free outdoor workouts. The combination of increasing sustainability efforts in the BID along with public awareness, programming and education related to wellness has resulted in an increasing number of healthy alternatives for everyone in Downtown and for future generations.
The BID in 2011 designated the entire 138-block BID area the DowntownDC ecoDistrict, formalizing a committment to sustainability and health.
The goal of the Healthy Communities initiative is to support efforts made by the BID, partners, stakeholders and guests in Downtown that contribute to individual and community health.
Healthy Communities: 24-7
Get involved in the BID's Healthy Communities initiative and use #healthy247 to be part of the conversation.
Below, check out our sampling of healthy options available to you in the BID:
- Bike Lanes
- Bike Parking A three-year plan is underway to double bike parking Downtown
- Bike to Work Day and the BID's annual pitstop at Freedom Plaza
- Capital Bikeshare
- Capital Harvest on the Plaza (CHoP) Farmers' Market Fridays from 11am-3pm, Woodrow Wilson Plaza at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
- Car Free Day
- Community Supported Agriculture programs (CSAs) Available in Downtown through FRESHFARM Markets
- D.C. Circulator
- DowntownDC ecoDistrict
- EcoDistricts Summit
- Franklin Park: (13th and K streets NW) The BID is one of a host of partners working to renovate and revitalize this public green space
- FRESHFARM Farmer's Market CityCenterDC Tuesdays from 11am-2pm
- FRESHFARM Farmers' Market in Penn Quarter Thursdays from 3pm-7pm
- FRESHFARM Farmers' Market near the White House Thursdays from 11am-2pm
- Green Festival: This annual spring event is focused on healthy living
- Health and Wellness Retailers and Professionals: Sports clubs, spas, yoga studios, doctors, dentists and more
- Homeless Services: The BID works with partner Pathways to Housing DC to promote a Housing-First model
- Picnics in Franklin Park
- Recycling: Recycling cans in the BID are made possible through a partnership that began in 2011 between the BID and PepsiCo's Dream Machine program
- Sidewalk Cafes
- Toned up Tuesdays: Free, outdoor workouts at CityCenterDC
- Tours: Download a self-guided bike or walking tour of DowntownDC
- Trees: Learn about some of the 3,800 trees in the BID here.
- Urban Beehives
- Walk Score: 97 (Walker's Paradise, per Walk Score)
- Workout Wednesdays