Open Streets comes to Minneapolis - June 12

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Bikes? Check. Foot ramblers? Check. Skateboarders? Maybe. Yoga-ists? Check. An active opportunity to socialize? Absolutely. Open Streets Minneapolis Ciclovia on Lyndale Ave between 22nd St. and 42nd St. Sunday, June 12, 2011.

Long popular in the streets of Bogotá, ciclovias (bike-route/path, natch) have long been enjoyed by approximately 2 million Colombian citizens. Enriqué Peñalosa, Former Mayor of Bogotá says: "A quality city is not one that has great roads but one where a child can safely go anywhere on a bicycle." The popularity of ciclovias (cyclovia, open streets - good times!) is increasing throughout the world and in North America. The concept is simple: Close down some city streets for a designated period, make them 100% pedestrian and velocopedian (whaa? two/three wheel mode of transportation) friendly, and allow citizens to enjoy the streets in an entirely new way.

Cities throughout the US have embraced ciclovias for many years. Dating back to 1983, every Saturday, May through September, Fort Wayne County, Michigan closes a stretch of the Edward Pines Parkway. Las Cruces has monthly Open Streets events and San Francisco a similar schedule. Philadelphia, New York, Tuscon, Boulder, Atlanta, Kansas City, yes – Portland, and even Cleveland, among others have Open Streets. Canada joined the fun in 2009.

Now Minneapolis has a chance! Lyndale Avenue will become an entirely different landscape, closed to automobile traffic between 22nd Street and 42nd Street between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on June 12. Here's your opportunity to travel that route using sustainable transportation. Nice Ride bikes perhaps? But also walk, roll, stroll, cart-wheel down the street and socialize with your neighbors. Visit the local businesses and appreciate this unique corridor in a new way.

Nice Ride is a proud sponsor of Open Streets Minneapolis, and you'll be able to find us at Lyndale and 29th Street. Take your spot at the bicycle powered ice-cream maker, peruse the Nice Ride gear, and join the fun in a Slow Race. Every half hour, you can compete to be the slowest bicyclist --the last to cross the finish line wins! Stay in your lane, no feet touching down - just go as slow as you can for your chance at great prizes.

Open Streets Minneapolis will be a truly unique adventure for our city and a way for citizens to actively explore and contribute to a vibrant community. We hope to see you there.

4 Previous comments:

(1) On June 8, 2011, Jason () said:
Awesome! Just wish that the niceride station at 29th wasn't the furthest one south along the Lyndale / Bryant area. Keep up the good work with getting new stations installed!
(2) On June 8, 2011, JT () said:
Love niceride. Quick edit suggestion. I think you mean:

"Popular in the streets of Bogotá, ciclovias (bike-route/path, natch) have long been enjoyed by approximately 2 million Colombian citizens."

"Long" twice in 8 words, and worse, misspelling "Colombian" kinda takes the shine off a bit.

(3) On June 9, 2011, Tyler () said:
Last time I checked, that IS how you spell "Colombian".
(4) On June 12, 2011, Mary () said:
We biked back and forth several times and had a great time! Lots of fun. Minneapolis should do this more often.

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