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 2017, more than 101,000 people participated in eight Open Streets Minneapolis events. Partner businesses and organizations hosted a total of 807 street spaces along the eight 2017 routes.
Through this incredible growth, Our Streets Minneapolis continues to focus on community at Open Streets Minneapolis. Unlike a more traditional street festival, we aim to fill the street primarily with businesses and organizations and people who live and work within five blocks of each route. We hope to build on this work in 2018 and beyond.
Open Streets Minneapolis is a City of Minneapolis event, hosted by Our Streets Minneapolis and presented by the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota. 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.