Since 2011, Open Streets Minneapolis has put together festivals where the streets shut down to motorized vehicles, opening up to cyclists, rollerbladers, and pedestrians. Along the routes, local businesses and organizations host happenings that are free for all, including morning yoga sessions, live music, kids' activities, bike obstacle courses, and theater performances.
The events have been a huge success, expanding each year. This summer will be no exception, as the organization has announced dates and proposed locations.
Open Street Minneapolis will be returning to its original location, along Lyndale Avenue South, as well as other popular neighborhoods including Nicollet Avenue South, Franklin Avenue South, and Lowry Avenue North. New celebrations include a plan to take over Washington Avenue in the North Loop, downtown Minneapolis, and 50th and France.
Technically, nothing is 100 percent guaranteed, as the schedule won't be officially approved until next Friday's City Council meeting. However, things are looking solid, as Open Streets Minneapolis tweeted this announcement via @OpenStreetsMPLS the other day: