Open Streets Minneapolis kicks off seventh season this weekend

Lyndale Avenue South hosts the first 2017 Open Streets event

The 2017 Open Streets Minneapolis season kicks off Sunday on 30 blocks of Lyndale Avenue South. Open Streets is a chance for people to explore their neighborhoods and local businesses in a car-free environment.

Lyndale Open Streets will take place 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday along Lyndale Avenue South from 24th to 54th streets. The area will be closed to motorized traffic. Open Streets gives people an opportunity to enjoy the street on bicycle, foot, wheelchair, skateboard or roller skates and will be packed with activities for people of all ages, including free yoga, bicycle repair, live music and children’s activities.

The City Council has approved seven Open Streets Minneapolis events for the 2017 season. Lyndale Open Streets will be followed by Downtown (Sunday, June 11), East Lake/Minnehaha (Sunday, July 23), Northeast (Sunday, Aug. 6), East Franklin Avenue (Sunday, Aug. 27), West Broadway (Saturday, Sept. 9) and Nicollet Avenue (Sunday, Sept. 24). The events run 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Since 2011 when the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition hosted the first Open Streets event on a 2-mile stretch of Lyndale Avenue South, the initiative has grown considerably, drawing 81,000 people to eight events in 2016.

Open Streets Minneapolis is hosted by the City of Minneapolis and is organized by Our Streets Minneapolis, formerly the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition. For more information on this year’s events, visit the Open Streets Minneapolis website at www.openstreetsmpls.com.