Open Streets Minneapolis events
Open Streets events are
- Free for participants
- Not competitive (are not races)
- Do not have a designated beginning or end point. This means people that attend can join and exit at any location along route
The Open Streets Minneapolis initiative is unique to Minneapolis. It is not affiliated with other state, national, or international Open Streets initiatives.
Open Streets Minneapolis events have the following features:
Take place on major urban corridors
These events happen on corridors (streets, roads) that mostly serve motorized traffic. This includes streets that tend to act as business and commercial corridors.
Connect many neighborhoods
- Open Streets events allow nearby neighborhoods to connect.
- Especially neighborhoods that may feel isolated from each other due to:
- Land use patterns
- High-volume roadways
Foot traffic for local businesses
The events encourage visitors the discover businesses along the route. This supports local economic vitality.
Open Streets have strong destinations such as
- Major businesses
- Areas of programming
Occur over many blocks of City streets
Ideally, Open Streets events span over two miles in length.
Different types of routes
Organizers design Open Streets events in different arrangements. While historically linear, routes can also be in a loop or with an “arm and loop”