Minneapolis Open Streets event will include a wide range of pedal and play activities

A series of four Open Streets Minneapolis events this summer will kick off with the first event on Lyndale Avenue South on Sunday, June 23. It’s the third year that Lyndale has been home to an Open Streets event, which will create a car-free environment on one of Minneapolis’ busiest streets so folks can play and be physically active by taking part in a wide range of events on Lyndale.

Open Streets Minneapolis will take place on Sunday, June 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Lyndale Avenue South between 22nd Street and 42nd Street. The free event, which is open to everyone, was organized to give people the opportunity to enjoy biking, walking, skating, playing and using wheelchairs on their neighborhood street without the presence of motorized traffic. For a complete listing of all four events and their times and locations, go to www.openstreetsmpls.com.

In addition to allowing families and neighbors to come together to mingle, have fun and shop in a safe, car-free environment, there will be numerous activities for children and families including activities from Playworks, Blaisdell YMCA, Ultimate Playgrounds, Leonardo’s Basement and others. The activities are part of Play Streets, a national initiative designed to offer a high-impact approach to increasing physical activity by temporarily turning a street into a play area. Businesses along the street will be offering specials to people passing by on foot and bike.

The kick-off event at 10 a.m. will be the 2013 U.S. Championship Brompton bike race. The six-mile race using Brompton folding bikes will take place on a closed half-mile multi-block circuit starting and ending at 34th Street and Lyndale Avenue South. All participants must wear a sport jacket, collared shirt and tie.

This year there will be a total of four Open Streets Minneapolis events on different dates throughout the summer, including events on South Lyndale Avenue (June 23), Central Avenue (July 28), Minnehaha Avenue (August 11) and North Lowry Avenue as part of Harvest Fest (September 21). The events are being held thanks to The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) and Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), which works with the private sector and its Honorary Chair First Lady Michelle Obama to create Play Streets.  Play Streets give neighborhood residents an opportunity to use their streets as places where they can be physically active and take pride in their community. 

Open Streets Minneapolis is organized and hosted by the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition, and is partnered this year with the City of Minneapolis.  Its 2013 sponsors include Partnership for a Healthier America, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, Hennepin County Medical Center, Minnesota Public Radio – 89.3 The Current, Zeus Jones, Pizza Luce and Calhoun Cycle.

For more information on the events taking place at Open Streets Minneapolis, go to www.openstreetsmpls.com.

Published Jun 13, 2013