Lyndale Avenue South hosts the first of eight Open Streets events planned across the city this summer
MINNEAPOLIS (June 5, 2015) – This season’s first Open Streets Minneapolis event will take place on Lyndale Avenue South this coming weekend. This year, Open Streets has expanded to eight events, giving residents, families and neighbors opportunities to walk, bike, skate, have fun and shop in a safe, car-free environment.
Open Streets Minneapolis will take place Sunday, June 7 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Lyndale Avenue South between 22nd Street and 42nd Street. The free event, which is open to everyone, gives people the opportunity to enjoy biking, walking, skating, playing and using wheelchairs on their neighborhood street without the presence of motorized traffic.
Open Streets Minneapolis events are designed to help promote environmentally friendly transportation choices such as walking, bicycling and mass transit. They also help promote good public health by encouraging active, healthy lifestyles.
This year there will be a total of eight Open Streets Minneapolis events on different dates throughout the summer, including upcoming events in Northeast (July 12), East Lake Street (Aug. 2), Franklin Ave. (Aug. 16), Downtown (Aug. 23), University (Sept. 12), Nicollet Avenue South (Sept. 20 and Lowry Avenue North (Sept. 26). The first Open Streets Minneapolis event took place on Lyndale Avenue South five years ago and drew more than 5,000 participants. Since then, the number of events has grown each year and are now attended annually, in total, by tens of thousands of pedestrians, bicyclists, skateboarders and wheelchair users.
Open Streets Minneapolis has a number of financial and in-kind sponsors including the City of Minneapolis, the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition and the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.
For more information on this year’s events, visit the Open Streets Minneapolis website at www.openstreetsmpls.com. To learn more about bicycling in Minneapolis, visit the City’s bicycling website at www.minneapolismn.gov/bicycles.