Minneapolis hosts four Open Streets this summer

Open Streets, 2012
Open Streets, 2012
Photo by Hilary Stein

Normally, playing in the middle of a busy street is highly discouraged. This summer, however, folks will be encouraged to do just that, as Open Streets is set to return with four separate celebrations.

See also:
Lyndale Open Streets [slideshow]
Open Streets comes to Minneapolis [2011]

At each event, a large portion of a major street is completely shut down to automobiles and other motorized vehicles for a good portion of the day. During this time, the road comes alive with families on bikes and roller blades, people riding in gondolas, friends casually strolling past shops, and even a few performers on wheels. Businesses also open up their sidewalk areas with special giveaways, freebies, and performances.

The feel-good event, which promotes healthy living, also typically offers plenty of healthy happenings, such as group yoga sessions, bike demos and tune-ups, and other active activities.

Brought to you locally by the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition, the worldwide Open Streets phenomenon arrived in Minneapolis in 2011 when Lyndale Avenue closed for half a day and drew around 5,000 participants. The following year welcomed over 10,000 participants back to south Minneapolis as well as North Lowry Avenue.

This year, the happening will be coming to South Lyndale Avenue June 23, Central Avenue July 28, Minnehaha Avenue August 11, and North Lowry Avenue (as part of Harvest Fest) September 21.

For more info on this truly fun event, visit

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