Experience your streets in a whole new way at Open Streets

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 sixth year the City has cosponsored Open Streets. The event is designed to help promote walking, bicycling and mass transit for the well-being of people and our environment.

2016 Open Streets events

  • Open Streets Downtown: Sunday, July 10.
    o   Washington Avenue North from First Avenue North to Eighth Avenue North.
    o   First Avenue North from Washington Avenue North to Eighth Street South.

  • Open Streets Northeast: Sunday, Aug. 7.
    o   13th Avenue NE from Second Street to Fifth Street.
    o   Fifth Street NE from 13th Avenue to 22nd Avenue.
    o   22nd Avenue NE from Fifth Street to Central Avenue.
    o   Central Avenue NE from 18½th Avenue to Lowry 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 parts of 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.

Learn more

Get more information on this year’s events. Learn more about bicycling in Minneapolis.

Published May 17, 2016



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