Anyway, as a result of the shutdown and fewer people going to work, traffic is much lighter in DC. Also as a result of the shutdown, a number of things are closed, including Hains Point and the road alongside the Mall. I haven't tried riding on Hains since the shutdown, but the barriers along the Mall leave just enough space for a bike to squeeze through. Which means completely car free roads for part of my commute. Yesterday I slalomed my way along the Mall on my way home in the beautiful weather, just because I could.
I hope for the economy's sake and everyone's financial sake that the shutdown ends soon. But these empty roads and quieter streets are a bit of a silver lining in a crummy situation.
|Empty street near the USDA.|