This season’s first Open Streets event highlights north Minneapolis greenway proposal

This season’s first Open Streets Minneapolis event will take place this weekend and will showcase the potential site of a new greenway on the city’s North Side. The “North Minneapolis Greenway Experience” will close some streets to automobile traffic for six hours to allow families and neighbors to walk, bike, skate, have fun and shop in a safe, car-free environment. It will also help planners gather community input on this greenway concept.

The event will take place on Saturday, May 31 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Humboldt Avenue North and Girard Avenue North, from West Broadway Avenue to 42nd Avenue North in an area where the City of Minneapolis is exploring the possibility of converting low-traffic streets into a park-like trail for biking, walking and recreation. Attendees will be invited to share their input on the proposed greenway via interactive activities and surveys.

Open Streets events are designed to help promote environmentally friendly transportation choices such as walking, bicycling and mass transit. They also help promote good public health by encouraging active, healthy lifestyles. 

The North Side greenway would provide a safe, accessible route for bicyclists and pedestrians. A network of 12 neighborhood, community and culturally based organizations are conducting outreach activities to engage area residents to gauge their interest in developing the greenway. Along with knocking on doors to talk to residents along and near the proposed route, they’ve held meetings with congregations and faith-based communities, worked with Hmong youths to create media materials to do outreach within the Hmong community and held meetings at a public housing site. They are also engaging students at Henry High, North High and Hmong International Academy.

For more information on Open Streets Minneapolis, go to www.openstreetsmpls.com. To find out more on the North Minneapolis Greenway project, go to www.minneapolismn.gov/health/living/northminneapolisgreenway.

Published May 29, 2014