St. Paul hosts its first Open Streets this summer

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This summer, Minneapolis will be hosting four Open Streets festivals. Now St. Paul is getting in on the fun event, too. It has just been announced that Open Streets, a worldwide phenomenon which arrived in Minnesota in 2011, is also coming to St. Paul in September.

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With each celebration the city closes down a portion of a highly trafficked street to cars, opening it up to pedestrians, bikes, and other non-motorized forms of transportation. Along the way businesses and neighborhood organizations often host special sidewalk activities, performances, and happenings like yoga classes, free bike tuneups, and family-friendly concerts.

The St. Paul Open Streets is set to run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, September 15, when University Avenue will be closed from Hamline Avenue to Marion Street. The event, which generally supports alternative transportation methods, will also serve as a showcase for the Green Line (Central Corridor) light rail line, which is set to open summer of 2014.

As is typical with Open Streets events, University Avenue will host a variety of fun happenings, including Zumba classes, healthy cooking demonstrations, bike safety tips, and family games and activities.

For a complete schedule of events, you can keep an eye on the event's official website, stpaulopenstreets.org.

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