Imagine dozens of busy streets around Pittsburgh with no cars on them. Now, picture people in the streets doing anything from running and walking to biking and dancing. Sound too good to be true? Well, it’s not!
This is actually exactly what OpenStreetsPGH is like. And it’s back for another summer of car-free outdoor fun.
We’re stoked because Pittsburgh is, yet again, one of the now 100 cities in North America participating in the Open Streets Project. Presented by UPMC Health Plan, this street celebration is something you need to get acquainted with. In short, on the last Sunday of May and June and the last Saturday of July, some of the city’s busiest streets will be closed to vehicle traffic and open to people.
Last year’s OpenStreetsPGH events were amazing. And now, they’re back for more fun on May 27, June 24, and July 28. You can run, walk, bike, roller blade, dance, or move however you like from 9am-1pm. It’s like a dream come true for anyone who has ever had a street hockey game interrupted. “Car!”
Want to do more than just mosey around? OpenStreetsPGH hosts free group classes during the Sunday events. So you can practice yoga or even learn to salsa right on the city’s streets.
It’s also a great opportunity to see Pittsburgh in a new way and check out new-to-you neighborhoods. We love popping into local businesses along the routes to refuel.
All new routes
If you’ve never experienced OpenStreets before, the May Tunnel to Town route through Uptown and the South Side is so, SO cool! Stop by The Peoples Yoga Hub at Market Square or the Strength Hub in the South Side along the way.
And speaking of routes, OpenStreetsPGH is unveiling a newly-extended route for the June event as well as a sweet new one for the July event.
The Doughboy to Downtown Route now totals four miles and includes even more of Lawrenceville! You’ll start things off in Market Square, make your way through the Strip District, and land on 52nd St. at the finish (conveniently situated right near B52 Cafe, so make sure you stop in for a refuel).
While you’ll have to wait for the last event in July to try out the brand new OpenStreetsPGH route, it’ll definitely be worth it. Get ready to visit the East End, wind through Homewood, Larimer, East Liberty, and Shadyside before ending your adventure in North Point Breeze.
One thing’s for sure: No matter which route you take, OpenStreets is the perfect place to experience Pittsburgh in a whole new way. We can’t wait to get out there. Now, we just need the weather to cooperate. Fingers crossed!