History

The Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition, now Our Streets Minneapolis, began Open Streets Minneapolis in 2011 with one event on two miles of Lyndale Avenue South. An estimated 5,000 people attended the first Open Streets Minneapolis event, revisioning the Lyndale Avenue as a space for walking, biking, community building, and play.

Since 2011, Open Streets Minneapolis turned more than 28 streets into car-free, public spaces for a weekend afternoon. Building on the success of the first Open Streets Minneapolis, the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition hosted a second Lyndale Avenue event, and added one on Lowry Avenue North. From 2015 through 2017, the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition, now Our Streets Minneapolis, hosted eight Open Streets Minneapolis events across the City each year.

In 2018, 93,000 people came to seven Open Streets Minneapolis events spanning 16.6 miles of streets in Minneapolis. These events were programmed by 600 street space hosts and powered by 323 Open Streets Minneapolis volunteers.

Our Streets Minneapolis continues its focus on community at Open Streets Minneapolis. We aim to fill the street primarily with businesses and organizations and people who live and work within five blocks of each route.

Open Streets Minneapolis is a City of Minneapolis event, hosted by Our Streets Minneapolis. Open Streets West Broadway is hosted locally by the West Broadway Business and Area Coalition with support from Our Streets Minneapolis. Open Streets Nicollet is hosted locally by the Kingfield, Lyndale, and Whittier neighborhood associations with support from Our Streets Minneapolis.