Lyndale will be car-free for six hours on Sunday

A scene from the 2012 Open Streets event on Lyndale. Credit:

Lyndale Avenue is going car-free and party-friendly this Sunday for the third annual Open Streets Minneapolis  event.

On Sunday, June 23, two miles of busy Lyndale will shut its doors to cars and motorcycles from 22nd to 42nd streets. Instead of typical traffic, the avenue will host a range of free events to promote physical activity and celebrate the community. Attendees can walk, bike or skate their way along the miles of open road.

The Open Streets event will offer a number of activities for guests of all ages. While adult mingle and shop, children can enjoy events from Playworks, the Blaisdell YMCA, Ultimate Playgrounds, Leonardo’s Basement, and more. Businesses along Lyndale will offer specials and discounts to passersby.

The festivities will kick-off at 10 a.m. with the 2013 U.S. Championship Brompton bike race. Participants will pedal Brompton folding bikes while sporting classy sport coats and ties. The six-mile race circuit will begin and finish from the intersection at 34th & Lyndale.

Events will wrap up for the day at 4 p.m., just in time for rush-hour traffic.

The Lyndale Avenue celebration is the first of four Open Streets Minneapolis events this summer. Over the next few months, Minneapolitans will have opportunities to party on the pavement of Central Avenue (July 28), Minnehaha Avenue (Aug. 11), and North Lowry Avenue as a part of Harvest Fest (Sept. 21).

The Open Streets celebrations are organized and hosted by the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition, partnered with the City of Minneapolis. The events aim to offer neighbors a safe environment in which to play and be physically active, while using generally busy roads in a new way.