Summit, Day 2: What will you do?
The decision by many people to stay home kept the roads mostly congestion-free Monday, although an early accident involving a school bus on Connecticut Avenue snarled traffic in the Woodley Park area. However, drivers mostly avoided the area around the convention center, with its closed streets, barricaded sidewalks and parking restrictions.
"Tuesday will be just like Monday, with blocked streets and motorcades," said John Lisle, a spokesman for the District Department of Transportation. "I'm worried that people will hear that things went well [on Monday] and drive into town, when we need them to telecommute or take Metro or do whatever they did that made [Monday] easier than we expected."
With fewer cars around on Monday, the number of bicyclists around town became more apparent. But the summit took a tragic turn Monday night when a D.C. National Guard vehicle struck and killed a bicyclist at New York Avenue and 12th Street NW just outside the restricted area. D.C police are investigating that accident. The vehicle was assigned to a motorcade for the summit, and few details were available about the victim and the incident.
Travelers reported relatively easy commutes on Metrorail, which was passing through the Mount Vernon Square Station at the convention center without allowing passengers to access the station for security reasons. That station won't reopen until 5 a.m. Wednesday.
For complete coverage of all of the street closings and the effect on public transit, check out this feature from Dr. Gridlock.
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