Submitted by Ngani Ndimbie of Bike Pittsburgh

What if you could close down a few city streets, and use it for a few hours of good, healthy, family fun?

Open Streets July 2016

Well, you’d have OpenStreetsPGH!

On Sunday, July 31st, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, OpenStreetsPGH is coming to the Northside and West End! Organized by Bike Pittsburgh and presented by Highmark Inc and the Colcom Foundation, OpenStreetsPGH is an event series that connects neighborhoods by creating temporarily car-free spaces where people can be active. Local businesses are encouraged to take over the sidewalks while everyone can freely enjoy the streets. And the idea is catching on in Pittsburgh: 20,000 people attended the May OpenStreetsPGH held on Butler St and Penn Ave and thousands more participated in June.

Get ready to experience familiar Northside streets as never before – free from car traffic. The third and final OpenStreetsPGH event of 2016 will allow everyone to join the fun and reclaim the streets as places to walk, bike, shop, skate and play. The three-mile route will span from Market Square in Downtown, across the Clemente Bridge, over to Western Ave, across the West End Bridge to Main Street in the West End. A car-free West End Bridge will provide an unbeatable view of Downtown Pittsburgh for people of all ages to enjoy. “We’re calling it our City of Bridges route,” remarked Bike Pittsburgh Executive Director Scott Bricker.

Three programming hubs along the route will offer 12 free, family-friendly fitness classes, including pilates from Physique Rx’d, basketball with the Pittsburgh Bullets, as well as classes such as yoga and Zumba, provided by the YMCA.

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