Thursday, June 24, 2021

Get Out! Ride a Bike for Pride; Consider the Future of Pennsylvania Avenue

by Peggy Robin

As we move back to IRL events there are still some virtual events that deserve the highlighting of the Get Out events column. This one about the future of “The Nation’s Main Street” seems of particular interest – as it’s aimed at translating a vision of what Pennsylvania Avenue could be into reality. 

America’s Civic Stage: A Vision to Celebrate Pennsylvania Avenue
June 29, 2021 from 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM     
Special Event: America’s Civic Stage: A Vision to Celebrate Pennsylvania Avenue
Online Meeting

It was an unprecedented year. The COVID-19 pandemic and sociopolitical changes transformed public spaces and reprioritized them for people of all backgrounds. Pennsylvania Avenue, one of the most symbolic public spaces in the country, can capitalize on this momentum through a new vision as an inclusive civic stage for the city and nation. As downtown Washington recovers and reinvests in public spaces to make them more inviting, this is the place for people to gather, celebrate, and reconnect in a way only experienced in the nation’s capital.

Join an expert panel to hear their big ideas on how to transform the avenue between the White House and U.S. Capitol into a celebratory and inclusive space for all Americans. The multidisciplinary panel will discuss the following topics:

Transforming the Avenue into a one-of-a-kind daily experience for Washingtonians and visitors.

  • Using better design to elevate the Avenue’s civic role as a place for democratic expression in the lives of Americans.
  • Positioning the Avenue to showcase the best of our nation’s arts, culture, and entertainment through spectacular events.
  • Leveraging economic strategies and partnerships to make these ideas a reality.

This event is the beginning of a public conversation on a new vision for Pennsylvania Avenue. Additional meetings will be held in late 2021 and into 2022 to gain public input and feedback on potential ideas for the Avenue’s future.

 Moderator: Cathleen McGuigan, Editor-in-Chief, Architectural Record

This meeting will be conducted online using Zoom. You will need to RSVP and include your email address. An invitation to join the meeting will be sent to you prior to the meeting. You may use the Zoom invitation to join online or by phone.  

View the announcement online: 


Saturday, June 26 

Rainbow Ride: Close out Pride Month with a celebratory ride around the District! Grab a bike or scooter to visit sites of LGBTQ+ & Black history in DC; riders are also raising funds for HIPS. (1pm


Saturday, June 26 at 1 p.m.
Anacostia Park

Bike | Scoot | Roll


Join the ANC Rainbow Caucus, GGWash, WABA, members of the Bicycle Advisory Committee and Pedestrian Advisory Committee and Lime celebrate queer liberation history on a ride throughout the District. #RainbowRideDC will bring residents and visitors on a bike/scooter tour of historic LGBTQ+ and Black locations and give riders a call to action.

#RainbowRideDC is more than just a ride! We’re riding to raise funds and awareness for HIPS     

Since 1993, HIPS has promoted the health, rights, and dignity of individuals and communities impacted by sexual exchange and/or drug use due to choice, coercion, or circumstance. HIPS provides compassionate harm reduction services, advocacy, and community engagement that is respectful, non-judgmental, and affirms and honors individual power and agency. Click here to donate.


The official route will be announced soon! Riders can expect to bike or scoot approximately 10 miles around the District. We expect the weather to be H-O-T, so please dress accordingly and bring plenty of water!

RSVP: Click on and scroll down the page to Rainbow Ride 2021 Event Sign up


The “Get Out!” events column is published on the Cleveland Park Listserv and on All Life Is Local on Thursdays.  

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