A Barnes Dance intersection, where people can walk through in any direction when traffic is stopped, is coming to 14th and Irving streets in Columbia Heights. DDOT started putting the paint down on Monday, and it officially opens on Thursday.
Barnes Dance (diagonal crossing) going in at 14th & Irving Sts NW. pic.twitter.com/sEPC7TuHA8— Brian Gray (aka ürb) (@urbanbohemian) June 12, 2017
You may recognize this concept, as there's a similar (though more festively decorated) intersection at 7th and H streets, in Chinatown.
The new Barnes Dance aligns with Mayor Muriel Bowser's Vision Zero goals, which aim to cut pedestrian deaths in the District down to zero. The new crosswalk design will hopefully give more priority to pedestrians at what is one of the busiest areas for foot traffic in the city.
What do you think of the intersection?