Minneapolis officials have unveiled their proposed schedule for the city's sixth year of Open Streets events, in which busy roadways are temporarily closed to vehicles and opened to pedestrians, cyclists and vendors.
The eight stops for the event this year include one new location: Broadway in north Minneapolis, shceduled for Sept. 10. Other spots scattered around the city hosted events last year, drawing more than 65,000 people.
The City Council's Transportation and Public Works Committee will consider the schedule at its Feb. 16, but the council has already voted in support of Open Streets as a city hosted event. The budget approved in December includes a provision for the city to support up to eight events.
The proposed locations and dates for 2016 are:
-Lyndale Avenue, June 5
-Lake Street, June 19
-Downtown, July 10
-Northeast, Aug. 7
-Franklin Avenue, Aug. 21
-Broadway, Sept. 10
-Nicollet Avenue, Sept. 18
-University of Minnesota, Oct. 1
Above: Cyclists and pedestrians take over the road at an Open Streets event in 2014. Richard Sennott/Star Tribune