Play in the streets at Open Streets events
The streets of Minneapolis will be active again this summer as the city plays host to eight Open Streets events starting in June. During an Open Streets event, families and neighbors can walk, bike, skate, have fun and shop in a safe, car-free environment on a significant length of a busy street for four to six hours while it is closed to automobile traffic. This is the fifth year for Open Streets, and there are more events than ever before.
Open Streets is designed to help promote walking, bicycling and mass transit for the well-being of people and our environment.
The Open Streets events this year are:
- Sunday, June 7: Lyndale Avenue South.
o From 22nd Street to 42nd Street.
- Sunday, July 12: Northeast.
o Central Avenue from 26th Avenue NE to 18½th Avenue.
o 18½th Avenue NE from Central Avenue to Monroe Street.
o 19th Ave. NE from Monroe Street to Fifth Street.
o Fifth Street NE from 19th Avenue to 13th Avenue.
o 13th Avenue NE from Fifth Street to Second Street.
o Second Street NE from 13th Avenue to 22nd Avenue.
o 22nd Avenue from Second Street to Quincy Street.
o Quincy Street NE from 22nd Avenue to 26th Avenue.
o 26th Avenue NE from Quincy Street to Central Avenue.
- Sunday, Aug. 2: East Lake Street.
o From 42nd Avenue to Elliot Avenue by the Midtown Global Market.
- Sunday, Aug. 16: Franklin Avenue.
o From Portland Avenue to 28th Avenue.
- Sunday, Aug. 23: Downtown.
o First Avenue North from Eighth Street North to Washington Avenue.
o Washington Avenue from First Avenue North to 10th Avenue North.
- Saturday, Sept. 12: University.
o Oak Street SE from East River Parkway to University Avenue.
o University Avenue from Oak Street SE to 14th Avenue SE.
o 14th Avenue SE from University Avenue to Fifth Street SE.
- Sunday, Sept. 20: Nicollet Avenue South.
o From Lake Street to 46th Street.
- Saturday, Sept. 26: Lowry Avenue North.
o From Vincent Avenue to Emerson Avenue.
The first Open Streets Minneapolis event was held on Lyndale Avenue South in 2011 and drew more than 5,000 participants. Since then, it’s expanded to many regions throughout town and each event draws thousands of people.
Open Streets Minneapolis is an initiative of the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition presented by the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota. It is co-sponsored by the City.
Published May 19, 2015