St. Paul hosts its first Open Streets this summer

This summer, Minneapolis will be hosting four Open Streets festivals. Now St. Paul is getting in on the fun event, too. It has just been announced that Open Streets, a worldwide phenomenon which arrived in Minnesota in 2011, is also coming to St. Paul in September.

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With each celebration the city closes down a portion of a highly trafficked street to cars, opening it up to pedestrians, bikes, and other non-motorized forms of transportation. Along the way businesses and neighborhood organizations often host special sidewalk activities, performances, and happenings like yoga classes, free bike tuneups, and family-friendly concerts.

The St. Paul Open Streets is set to run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, September 15, when University Avenue will be closed from Hamline Avenue to Marion Street. The event, which generally supports alternative transportation methods, will also serve as a showcase for the Green Line (Central Corridor) light rail line, which is set to open summer of 2014.

As is typical with Open Streets events, University Avenue will host a variety of fun happenings, including Zumba classes, healthy cooking demonstrations, bike safety tips, and family games and activities.

For a complete schedule of events, you can keep an eye on the event's official website,

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