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Open Streets Minneapolis

Open Streets Minneapolis temporarily transforms major City corridors into car-free places to give people an opportunity to enjoy the street on bicycle, foot, wheelchair, skateboard or roller skates. Since the first Open Streets event on Lyndale Avenue South in 2011, the initiative has grown considerably, drawing 81,000 people to eight events in 2016. The City-hosted events kick off for the 2017 season June 4 on Lyndale Avenue South. Open Streets Minneapolis is hosted by the City of Minneapolis and is organized by Our Streets Minneapolis, formerly the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition.

The goals of Open Streets include growing community connections, civic pride and community engagement, celebrating the city's diversity, inspiring healthy living, stimulating local business and promoting active transportation.

Submit a route idea for 2018 Open Streets season

The City of Minneapolis and the City's Open Streets event organizer, Our Streets Minneapolis, 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.

Applicants with proposed routes that meet the goals of Open Streets will be considered and contacted by early November. Successful applicants will not receive monetary compensation from the City for their role.

The City of Minneapolis and Our Streets Minneapolis will host a meeting July 25, 6-7:30 p.m., at the Minneapolis Central Library, RKMC Meeting Room S-275, 300 Nicollet Mall, for those interested in becoming a local route host.

For more information and to submit an idea for a 2018 route, visit the Open Streets website.

Open Streets 2017 schedule

Open Streets FAQs

What is Open Streets Minneapolis?

Why is it important to reimagine our streets as places?

How does Open Streets Minneapolis relate to Ciclovía/other Open Streets initiatives?

How did Open Streets Minneapolis begin?

How did Open Streets evolve from 2011-2016?

Why is Open Streets important for the City of Minneapolis?

How does Open Streets Minneapolis fit in with the City's permitting process?

How has Open Streets been funded in the past?

How have roles been shared in the past?

Open Streets Minneapolis: 2017 and beyond  

The 2017 season of Open Streets Minneapolis was planned in greater coordination with the City of Minneapolis as compared to previous years. Through a Call for Open Streets Organizer, the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition was selected by the City to organize the 2017 season. The Coalition worked with the City to provide an application for routes and hosts, which increased public participation and further engaged the City in the planning for the new season.

December 2015 Council resolution

Call for Open Streets Organizer

Application for Open Streets route ideas

Last updated Oct 2, 2017



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