Open Streets Nicollet takes place this weekend

It’s the seventh of eight Open Streets events this year

This season’s seventh Open Streets Minneapolis event is taking place on Nicollet Avenue this weekend. It will give 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 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, on Nicollet Avenue between Lake Street and 46th Street West. This area will be closed to motor vehicle traffic. The free event is open to everyone, giving 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 is the third year in a row Open Streets Minneapolis has come to Nicollet Avenue. Last year’s Nicollet event attracted nearly 12,000 people. The six Open Streets Minneapolis events so far this year have attracted more than 60,000 pedestrians, bicyclists, skateboarders and wheelchair users.

Open Streets Minneapolis is a City of Minneapolis event hosted by the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition and presented by The Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota. The Nicollet event is hosted by the Lyndale, Kingfield, and Whittier Neighborhood Associations.

The remaining Open Streets Minneapolis event this year is Oct. 1 at the University 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.

Published Sep 16, 2016