Release date: July 11, 2017
Application due date: September 21, 2017
Contacts: Ethan Fawley, Executive Director
Matthew Dyrdahl, Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator
City of Minneapolis Public Works
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The City of Minneapolis and the City’s Open Streets event organizer, Our Streets Minneapolis (formerly Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition), seek interested parties to apply to suggest a desired route during the 2018 season of Open Streets Minneapolis. A primary intention of this application is to increase local participation in the overall Open Streets Minneapolis initiative and to add to the sustainability and reach of the initiative through the individual routes.
Everyone is encouraged to respond to this application with ideas for routes. Organizations can also share their potential interest in being a Local Route Host (check box at the end of the application). Those applicants whose proposed route meets the goals of Open Streets Minneapolis and show local support will be considered, and will be contacted to further discuss interest and qualifications by early November.
Successful applicants will have an Open Streets Minneapolis route in their area in 2018, but will not receive monetary compensation from the City for their role.
Introduction and Background
Since 2011, Open Streets Minneapolis events have transformed major city corridors into car-free places to give people an opportunity to enjoy the street on bicycle, foot, wheelchair, skateboard or roller skates and experience the city in a new way. Each event is programmed with many complementary activities such as bicycle repair, cultural activities, and temporary street infrastructure demonstration projects (e.g., pop-up protected bike lanes and pedestrian bump-outs). Open Streets Minneapolis events are free and provide an opportunity for people to engage in physical activity, meet their neighbors, and discover businesses in neighborhoods throughout the city.
Each year since 2011, the series of one-day events has built upon the last and the number of events and reach has grown. The 2017 season of Open Streets Minneapolis has commenced and will have seven or eight events throughout the city. It is anticipated that the 2018 season will have up to eight events.
Open Streets Minneapolis is one of a growing number of Open Streets initiatives throughout the United States as cities and towns of all sizes seek innovative ways to achieve public health, environmental, social, and economic goals, and fulfil residents’ desires to experience their streets in a new way.
Characteristics of Open Streets Routes
- Open Streets Minneapolis events have occurred in neighborhoods across the city, and routes have been chosen based on many important shared attributes. Open Streets Minneapolis events often:
- Occur on major urban corridors that primarily serve motorized traffic, which typically include streets that act as business and commercial corridors
- Connect multiple neighborhoods, especially neighborhoods that may feel isolated from each other based on land use patterns and high-volume roadways
- Encourage the discovery of businesses along the route and support local economic vitality
- Have strong destinations (such as parks, major businesses, areas of programming, etc.)
- Occur over many blocks of city streets—ideally over two miles in length
- Are designed in different arrangements, including: linear, in a loop, or in a configuration that combines a loop with a linear street extension
Goals of Open Streets
- Grow community connections, civic pride, and community engagement
- Celebrate the diversity of Minneapolis
- Inspire healthy living
- Stimulate local business
- Promote active transportation
Organizational Roles for the 2018 Open Streets Minneapolis Season
The 2018 season of Open Streets Minneapolis will be organized by Our Streets Minneapolis in partnership with the City of Minneapolis. There will be up to three lead parties involved in each of the events that comprise the 2018 initiative: Our Streets Minneapolis, the City of Minneapolis, and the Local Route Host (or Hosts), as applicable. A Local Route Host is an organization (or organizations) that serves as a partner with Our Streets Minneapolis and the City of Minneapolis to organize and effectively hold a particular Open Streets event. Not all successful routes have a Local Route Host. See more about the role of the Local Route Host here.
Additionally, each event will involve participation from local partners supporting planning, engagement, programming, and/or promotions.
Everyone is encouraged to respond to this application with ideas for routes. Organizations can also indicate their potential interest in being a Local Route Host.
Interested in submitting an idea for a route?
All respondents are strongly encouraged to contact Our Streets to discuss their interest and ask any questions before they submit an application for a route idea or for being a Local Route Host.
Interested parties can reach Ethan Fawley at email@example.com or 612-964- 8902.
The City of Minneapolis and Our Streets Minneapolis will host a meeting for those parties interested in being a Local Route Host to learn more about the selection process. All respondents are strongly encouraged to attend. This will be an opportunity to ask questions, learn more about the application, and understand if hosting an Open Streets Minneapolis event is a potential good fit for the 2018 season.
Date: July 25th, 2017
Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Location: Minneapolis Central Library, RKMC Meeting Room S-275 (300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401)
The City of Minneapolis and Our Streets Minneapolis will evaluate proposed routes based on these key factors:
- The route’s compatibility with the characteristics of typical Open Streets Minneapolis routes;
- The route’s effectiveness of achieving/supporting the goals of Open Streets Minneapolis; and
- The local support and committed capacity (organizing or financial support) to support the proposed route.
- The route's logistical feasibility for the City of Minneapolis and Our Streets.
Additionally, the City and Our Streets are interested in selecting routes that reach different parts of the city.