Open Streets Season Kicks-Off with Lyndale Avenue

  Open Streets Lyndale
 

Photo by Mike Beck, 2014

On Sunday June 4th, from 11 AM to 5 PM, Lyndale Avenue will be temporarily closed to motorized vehicles and transformed into a bustling, colorful community space for folks to explore their neighborhood and local businesses while engaging with their public spaces in a completely different way.

Open Streets Lyndale is in its 7th year and we’re excited to announce that we’ve extended the route!

You can now enjoy 4 miles of family friendly fun on the street all the way from the Wedge Co-op on 22nd down past Minnehaha Creek to 54th Street.

Be sure to check out the entire route so you don’t miss any of the excitement!

Here’s just a few highlights to ignite the anticipation.

  yoga on the street
 

Photo by Bob Dixon, 2015

  • On the South End we’ll have a pet zone, neighborhood hub, and lots of family friendly activities.
  • On 41st Street there will be even more activities for the kids at the special Kids Zone as well as a petting zoo!
  • Near Lake Street there will be lots of food, live music, and also *wrestling, skateboarding, and log rolling*
  • We’ll even have folks practicing yoga near the greenway!

Volunteer at Open Streets!

An extended route means that we’ll have more opportunities than ever for folks to get involved in the event as a volunteer, and score a free T-shirt! Here’s just a few of the available volunteer positions that we’re looking to fill. Volunteering at Open Streets is a rewarding way for people of all ages to engage with their community - families too! You can volunteer for just a couple of hours, and spend the rest of your day enjoying the event. Check out which role appeals to you most and sign up to help us bring the event to life.

Street Ambassadors

A very important volunteer position, street ambassadors are the official hosts of Open Streets and help to monitor street safety. They will be stationed at intersections along Lyndale to help keep cars off the route, count participants, answer questions, and ensure that everyone has a fun and safe Open Streets experience. They’ll be equipped with chalk, bubbles, jump rope and other supplies to bring energy to the entire event. This position is perfect for families or people who want to volunteer together - just indicate on the sign up forum that you would like to be stationed as a group!

Sign up for one of the Street Ambassador shifts
10:30am-1:15pm, 12:30pm-3:15pm, or 2:30pm-5:15pm

Planeteers

These folks help Open Streets show integrity in our commitment to sustainability, healthy living, and vibrant neighborhoods. They’ll make sure we leave no trace by picking up trash along the route and sorting through waste in bins during the event. We’ll provide gloves, bags & pinchers for our Planeteers, but if you want to add some extra flare to your role you could even bring along some rollerblades or a skateboard to snatch up trash with zeal.

Sign up for a Planeteer Shift
10:30am-1:15pm, 12:30pm-3:15pm, 2:30pm-5:15pm

  pop-up protected bikeway
 

Photo by Bob Dixon, 2015

Pop-Up Crew

We’re looking for volunteers to do outreach and help cyclists try out the pop-up protected bikeway! This group will engage in conversations with the community about the benefits of protected bikeways and collect postcards in support of safer streets for all. This position is especially great if you’re an enthusiastic and outgoing person as you’ll be chatting with folks all day long.

Sign up for a shift with the Pop-Up Protected Bikeway Crew
10:45-1:15pm, 1:00pm-3:30pm, 3:15pm-5:45pm

If these don’t sound like a good fit, we have a handful of other volunteer roles available.

Check out the volunteer page for a complete list of volunteer shifts!

We’re looking forward to a fantastic Open Streets season and hoping that Lyndale Open Streets will set high spirits for the events to come. Come out on Sunday, June 4th and be a part of the magic! Bike, walk, or catch a free ride with this pass from Metro Transit! 

Click here to get your pass for a free ride

Open Streets Minneapolis is a City of Minneapolis event hosted by the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition and presented by the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota. Open Streets Lyndale is sponsored by the 36 Lyn Refuel Station, the Kenny Neighborhood Association, Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association, Tangletown Neighborhood Association, and the Windom Community Council.