Open Streets Northeast returns with a bigger route this Sunday, Aug. 6.
The event will stretch from East Hennepin & Second Street Northeast, head north on Fifth Street Northeast to 22nd Avenue Northeast and then span Central Avenue Northeast, from 18th½ to 26th Avenues Northeast.
The streets will be closed to motorized traffic from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., but several cross streets along the route will remain open.
Open Streets Northeast will feature nearly 150 businesses, community groups and performers on the street, giving the community an opportunity to enjoy their neighborhoods in a car-free environment. The event will give residents an opportunity to rethink streets as public space.
Staff from Public Works will have a booth during the Open Streets event to share information about the City’s 20 Year Street Funding Plan. Visitors to the booth on East Hennepin between University Avenue Northeast and Fourth Street Northeast can share feedback on how the City should prioritize funding for city streets. As part of the funding plan, Public Works developed a criteria-based process with a focus on racial and economic equity to prioritize street projects on an annual basis.
Staff from City Elections and Voter Services will also have a booth at Hennepin and University to share information about the upcoming election and ranked-choice voting.
Other upcoming Open Streets Minneapolis events include Franklin Avenue (Sunday, Aug. 27), West Broadway (Saturday, Sept. 9) and Nicollet Avenue (Sunday, Sept. 24).
Open Streets Minneapolis is hosted by the City of Minneapolis and is organized by Our Streets Minneapolis, formerly the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition. They are seeking route ideas for the 2018 Open Streets season. Organizations can also share their interest in being a local route host. Applications are due Sept. 21, 2017.
Since 2011 when the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition hosted the first Open Streets event on a two-mile stretch of Lyndale Avenue South, the initiative has grown considerably, drawing 81,000 people to eight events in 2016.
For more information on this year’s events, visit the Open Streets Minneapolis website at www.openstreetsmpls.org.