Shared Streets - Moving Forward Together - Montgomery County Department of Transportation

MCDOT’s new Shared Streets program supports residents and businesses by temporarily adjusting uses of public spaces to provide for in-street activities such as biking, walking, outdoor dining, and retail activity. All activity must comply with County and State of Maryland guidelines during the COVID-19 health crisis. Learn more.

Message from MCDOT Director Chris Conklin

"Safe and accessible public spaces are a critical aspect of community health and vibrancy. MCDOT understands that our public rights of way are a key resource for residents and businesses, and that the best use of those spaces may shift under changing circumstances.

In response to the COVID-19 health crisis, I have directed our planners and engineers to think creatively about how we can adjust the use of our streets, sidewalks, and parking facilities to best serve today’s needs. As a result, we are implementing a new initiative—Shared Streets."


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MCDOT is transforming certain local streets into temporary “neighborhood greenways” that welcome pedestrians and bicyclists while limiting vehicles to local traffic only. The initiative, under MCDOT’s “Shared Streets” program, supports residents in the near term during the COVID-19 health crisis by providing more neighborhood space for outdoor activity and physical distancing. 

Temporary Neighborhood Greenways

MCDOT has temporarily closed a small section of Newell Street from East West Highway to Kennet Street in downtown Silver Spring. This temporary closure is adjacent to Acorn Urban Park and effectively expands the size of this small neighborhood park by giving community members more room to recreate. MCDOT is partnering with Montgomery Parks to activate the street as part of Picnic in the Park

  • Newell Street Temporary Neighborhood Park Expansion

Locations supported by other partners
  • Montgomery County Parks and the tourism marketing agency Visit Montgomery have partnered to create the new “Picnic in the Park” initiative, in which parkgoers can find nearby restaurants by scanning a QR code with their mobile device. Each of the nine parks has a designated "delivery zone" that is marked with a sign, along with multiple picnic areas that are physically distanced. 

  • Arlington Road and Little Falls Parkway
  • Pike District's Temporary 'Popup Picnic Parks' in North Bethesda. Follow @Pike_District on Twitter for updates.  Other changes will be coming soon across the County. Locations may shift over time because of available resources and changing needs.


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Map Legend & Info

  • Neighborhood Greenways in Purple
  • Street Closures in Red

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Text description of Shared Streets locations

Adult with child on scooter; walker, biker, and person with dog; skateboarder; biker; two people walking with shopping bags