Open Streets Minneapolis

Open Streets Minneapolis temporarily transforms major City corridors into car-free places to give people an opportunity to enjoy the street on bicycle, foot, wheelchair, skateboard or roller skates

In 2019, 103,000 people attended Open Streets Minneapolis, the highest annual attendance since the inception of Open Streets in 2011. 2019 also saw the 50th Open Streets Minneapolis Event.

Open Streets website 

Open Streets goals

  • Growing community connections
  • Civic pride and community engagement
  • Celebrating the city's diversity
  • Inspiring healthy living
  • Stimulating local business
  • Promoting active transportation


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What is Open Streets Minneapolis?
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Why is it important to reimagine our streets as places?
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How does Open Streets Minneapolis relate to Ciclovía/other Open Streets initiatives?
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How did Open Streets Minneapolis begin?
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How did Open Streets evolve from 2011-2016?
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Why is Open Streets important for the City of Minneapolis?
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How does Open Streets Minneapolis fit in with the City's permitting process?
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How has Open Streets been funded in the past?
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How have roles been shared in the past?
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Open Streets Minneapolis: 2017 and beyond


The 2017 season of Open Streets Minneapolis was planned in greater coordination with the City of Minneapolis as compared to previous years. Through a Call for Open Streets Organizer, the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition was selected by the City to organize the 2017 season. The Coalition worked with the City to provide an application for routes and hosts, which increased public participation and further engaged the City in the planning for the new season.


Open Streets 2020

2020 Open Streets dates

The City of Minneapolis and the City's Open Streets event organizer, Our Streets Minneapolis, is excited to announce four Open Streets Minneapolis event dates, with three more event dates that are yet to be determined.

  • Open Streets Franklin:Sunday, July 12th
  • Open Streets East Lake:Sunday, July 26th
  • Open Streets Northeast:Sunday, August 2nd
  • Open Streets West Broadway:Saturday, September 12th (hosted locally by the West Broadway Business and Area Coalition)
  • Open Streets Nicollet: Date TBD
  • Open Streets Lyndale: Date TBD
  • Open Streets Minnehaha: Date TBD

Changes to Open Streets in 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic presents unprecedented challenges to the City of Minneapolis and Open Streets Minneapolis, including not knowing if and when we can gather for large public events. In response to this uncertainty, we're making a few changes to our typical event season:

1. The City of Minneapolis and Our Streets Minneapolis will not host any Open Streets events in June 2020. We are exploring the possibility of moving both Open Streets Lyndale and Minnehaha to October. 

2. We are prepared to cancel any event that poses a significant health risk. We will make data-driven cancellation decisions at least eight weeks ahead of each event.

Our first priority is the health of our community.

In a time of social distancing & economic uncertainty, Open Streets Minneapolis events have the potential to be powerful spaces for community healing. We will continue to make the best decisions we can to increase the chances these events can happen without compromising community health.  

For more information, visit the Open Streets website.

December 2015 Council resolution
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Call for Open Streets Organizer
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Application for Open Streets route ideas
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