A Day Without Cars

The Lyndale community takes to the streets for Open Streets.
Community members enjoy a day of car-free streets.

The tremendously successful Open Streets Lyndale is going to get a boost this year. The blocked-off section of pavement has gone from between 22nd Street and 42nd Street to 22nd Street and 54th Street—the extension adding 10 more blocks of fun. Last year, the Lyndale festival was the most popular Open Streets event to date with about 45,000 people attending.

This year’s Open Streets Lyndale will be June 10, and Our Streets Minneapolis, the organization behind Open Streets, is bringing back its positive message. Open Streets is a series of events sponsored by the city and BlueCross BlueShield aiming to make a point that the streets are for more than just rush hour. The events give residents a chance to explore local businesses and look at their neighborhood in a new light, says Nick Ray of Open Streets Minneapolis.

From 11 a.m.–5 p.m., shops along the Lyndale route will host musicians, provide interactive games for attendees and showcase their products to community members who may not have been exposed to them otherwise.

Last year brought the opportunity for pedestrians to walk and bike along the car-free streets, and there were even activities like group yoga and exercise. Open Streets events make great use of an unusual space to help strengthen the community. On its website, Our Streets Minneapolis describes the Open Streets events as “more than a street festival.” Volunteers and vendors can register for any Open Streets event through the Our Streets Minneapolis website.

Open Streets Lyndale
June 10, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Lyndale Ave. S. from 22nd St. W. to 54th St. W.