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Event Planners Want You to Go Play in the Street

Update: First OpenStreetsPGH is Saturday May 25. Enjoy Pittsburgh from a new view!

Your mom always warned you not to play in the street, but here's a series of events where you're actually being encouraged to do just that!

OpenStreetsPGH, hosted by BikePGH , has announced this year's dates for their annual open streets events . That's where the organization closes down approximately 4 miles of city streets for people to walk, run, bike, skate and experience lots of other fun community building activities along the way - everything from streetside fitness and yoga workshops, to kids activities, to shopping and eating, even performances.

Here are this year's dates and routes (all events are 9am-1pm, free and open to the public):

  • May 25 Homewood, Larimer, East Liberty, Shadyside, and North Point Breeze

Explore the longest OpenStreetsPGH route ever with 4.4 mile loop in Pittsburgh's East End neighborhoods.

  • June 30 Downtown, Strip District, Lawrenceville

Take a trip from Market Square along Penn Avenue, to Butler Street, to 52nd Street in Lawrenceville.

  • July 28 Downtown, Uptown, SouthSide

Their most popular route to date is back in May on Carson Street and Forbes Ave. This amazing loop features both iconic bridges and the Armstrong Tunnel.

There are three event hubs along each route: two hubs will feature free fitness classes by the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh and one hub will feature a brand new BikePGH Kids Bicycling Education classes. In addition, shorter format fitness stations in every neighborhood will be led by instructors from some of Pittsburgh's best fitness studios.

Over the past five years, this event series has grown from 44,000 participants in 2015 to 113,000 participants in 2018. Check out their website and click here if you'd like to be a sponsor or volunteer. Click here to check out their route maps to see just how much fun you can pack into 4 miles!

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