By Sandy Leuthner - Sr. Communications & Advocacy Consultant

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Explore a new neighborhood at Minneapolis Open Streets this summer

July 20, 2017

Open Streets in Minneapolis are free public events that create opportunities for thousands of people to explore the city by closing major thoroughfares to vehicle traffic and opening them up for just about anything but driving.

During Open Streets, people can walk, roll, bike, dance and socialize safely in the street. Streets become places where people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds can come out, have fun and improve their health.  The events include dozens of booths and tents featuring local businesses, food, music, dancing, yoga and family-friendly games and activities.

The events, now in their sixth year, are led by Our Streets Minneapolis with support from City of Minneapolis and Blue Cross’ Center for Prevention.

“The Center for Prevention is proud to be a presenting sponsor of these events to encourage people to bike and walk around town, try new ways to be active, and see their streets and neighborhoods from a new perspective,” said Janelle Waldock, vice president for community health and health equity at Blue Cross.

Come out and enjoy Open Streets

Open Streets events are a great way to enjoy a new neighborhood. Before you head out, here are a few do’s and don’ts for enjoying Open Streets:

  • Do explore a new neighborhood.
  • Don’t forget to bring your friends and family, or meet them there.
  • Do take Metro Transit. It’s free to Open Streets.
  • Don’t forget your sunscreen.
  • Do bring your walking shoes and/or ride your bike.
  • Don’t be deterred by the weather: events happen rain or shine.
  • Do bring a water bottle and look for Tap Minneapolis water stations.
  • Don’t forget there’s music, too!
  • Do volunteer to have even more fun and get a free t-shirt.
  • Don’t miss out — there are only five events left.
  • Do connect with Our Streets Minneapolis to find out how you can support making streets and trails vibrant community spaces for people walking and biking year-round.
Don’t miss out!

Open Streets take place in all corners of Minneapolis. Here’s where you can find them. All event run from 11 am. – 5 p.m.

About Open Streets Minneapolis

Open Streets Minneapolis is an initiative of Our Street Minneapolis (formerly Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition.) In addition, they work to create a city where biking, walking, and rolling are easy and comfortable for everyone.

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