Open Streets West Broadway takes place Saturday, Sept. 9

Open Streets West Broadway takes place Saturday, Sept. 9—an opportunity to enjoy the corridor in a car-free environment and learn more about neighborhood organizations and businesses.

The event will stretch from Lyndale Avenue North to Penn Avenue North on 17 blocks of West Broadway. The streets will be closed to motorized traffic from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Open Streets West Broadway, hosted by the West Broadway Business & Area Coalition, will feature several booths and activities from neighborhood organizations and community groups, including Juxtaposition Arts, Appetite for Change, Minneapolis Public Schools and the Minneapolis Promise Zone, among many others. More than 180 vendors are planning to participate.

West Broadway Open Streets.

The Youth Farm, the Universal Movement for the Advancement of Hip Hop (UMAHH) and Marcus Kar will be hosting the Big Dinner Party—a bring-your own salad bar. NorthPoint Health and Wellness will be hosting Fit4Fun – its sixth annual celebration of healthy living with several activities planned, including a run/walk and bike, kids run, Zumba, Hip-Hop aerobics and more.

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 to share information about the upcoming election and ranked-choice voting.

CPED-Long Range Planning representatives will also be there seeking input and ideas on how to create a more equitable city going forward as part of engagement efforts for the Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan update.

The next Open Streets Minneapolis event will be held on 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 www.openstreetsmpls.org.