Open Streets Minneapolis kicks off ninth season this weekend

Lyndale Avenue South hosts the first 2019 Open Streets event

The 2019 Open Streets Minneapolis season kicks off Sunday, June 2 on 30 blocks of Lyndale Avenue South for the ninth year. Open Streets events give people a chance to enjoy city neighborhoods by walking, biking and rolling in a car-free environment.

Open Streets Lyndale will take place 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday along Lyndale Avenue South from West 22nd to West 54th streets. The area will be closed to motorized traffic. Last year 45,000 people attended Open Streets Lyndale. The event will be packed with fun activities for people of all ages, including live performances and art projects. More than 40 community organizations and businesses will have booths.

The City of Minneapolis Public Works Department will have a booth between Lake and 31st streets to share information about the development of the Minneapolis Transportation Action Plan and Vision Zero Action Plan. The Transportation Action Plan will be a 10-year plan to implement the transportation vision outlined in the Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan. The Vision Zero Action Plan will be a three-year plan to advance the City’s commitment to ending traffic fatalities and severe injuries resulting from traffic crashes on our streets by 2027.

The City Council has approved seven Open Streets Minneapolis events for the 2019 season. Lyndale Open Streets will be followed by Lake/Minnehaha (Sunday, July 21), Northeast (Sunday, Aug. 4), Franklin (Sunday, Aug. 25), University of Minnesota + Motley (Sunday, Sept. 8), West Broadway (Saturday, Sept. 14) and Nicollet (Sunday, Sept. 22). The events run 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  

The City of Minneapolis and Our Streets Minneapolis are also collaborating for the second year on social media campaign called #WeWalkMpls to highlight the stories of people who choose to walk for commuting and a primary way to get around the city. There will be a pop-up on Lyndale & 36th Street to participate in a photo booth for the campaign. Share your walking stories by using the hashtag #WeWalkMpls on social media.

Opens Streets Minneapolis is a City of Minneapolis event hosted by Our Streets Minneapolis. Open Streets Lyndale is sponsored by the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota and Metro Transit.

 

Published May 30, 2019

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