August 7, 2012 by Sarah M
//By Jeremy Zoss//
After two successful events in Uptown, the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition is bringing Open Streets to North Minneapolis. On Saturday, Sept. 29, a portion of N. Lowry will be open only to bicycle and pedestrian traffic and dotted with activities like classes, vendors and more.
Colin Harris, the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition’s lead coordinator for Open Streets, said the expansion of Open Streets was made possible by an additional grant from Blue Cross/Blue Shield and that expansion to news areas has always been in the plans.
“All along the Coalition has wanted this to be a sustainable initiative that spreads across the city,” said Harris. “It’s been a really effective community building activity and not just a biking activity.”
Harris said activities planned for the Open Streets event include yoga and dance classes, art booths and healthful food options.
The Northside Open Streets event will close Lowry from approximately I-94 to N. Upton Avenue, a span of about two miles. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., making it the longest Open Streets event yet. The Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition is coordinating the event with the Lowry Corridor Business Association to highlight the businesses in the area.
“They’re helping to connect us with businesses and organizations along Lowry so we can really highlight what exists along that street,” said Harris.
The Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition is also working with the organizers of Harvest Fest, the annual Northside community party. Harvest Fest will also be held along Lowry Avenue on Sept. 29.