Open Streets Franklin takes place Sunday, Aug. 27

Open Streets Franklin is set for Sunday, Aug. 27—a chance to enjoy neighborhood streets without motorized traffic.

The event will stretch from Portland Avenue in the Phillips neighborhood to 28th Avenue South in the Seward neighborhood. The streets will be closed to motorized traffic from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Open Streets Franklin will feature a Kids Zone, food trucks, a pop-up protected bikeway and several booths from local organizations and community groups. It’s a great opportunity to socialize with neighbors and patronize local businesses in a car-free environment.

2016 Open Streets
A scene from the 2016 Open Streets. Photo by Madeline Christy

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 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 the corner of Franklin and Cedar to share information about the upcoming election and ranked-choice voting.

Other upcoming Open Streets Minneapolis events include 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 significantly, drawing 81,000 people to eight events in 2016.

For more information on this year’s events, visit the Open Streets Minneapolis website at