Active Living Blog

Streets are not just for cars – streets are for people too.

Posted: Jan 25, 10:49 AM

BEMIDJI, MINNESOTA (January 25, 2012) – “Turn off your engine. Turn on your hearts.” This is the slogan for the Streets Alive! event held biannually in Fargo, North Dakota, which they kicked off in 2010. The group in Fargo is using a model called Open Streets to temporarily close down streets to automobile traffic, so that people may use them for walking, bicycling, dancing, playing, and socializing. Minneapolis joined them by holding an event in 2011 called Open Streets Mpls. I look forward to learning more about what each of these cities are planning for 2012!

In Bemidji next week, community leaders will begin to discuss bringing the Open Streets model to the first city and draw not only avid athletes, but community members who have an interest in being active and just need some inspiration – that’s where Open Streets comes into play. Open Streets not only provides an opportunity to participate in a variety of activities on the day of the event, but also provides that voice of inspiration to take the next step and make an active lifestyle part of your everyday routine.

Do you ride bike, skateboard, roller-skate, run, walk, play in a marching band, play hockey, dance, ski, zumba, practice yoga, play music, sculpt, take photography, skip rope, practice aerobics, practice massage, eat healthy, or hula hoop?

There will be LOTS of opportunities to get involved. Stay tuned for details about the event, as well as information on volunteer, vendor and sponsorship opportunities. Active Living Bemidji posts “Upcoming Events” on the homepage of their website at, to promote and lead community events that create and sustain an active environment in Bemidji.

See you on the trails!
Natalie Gille, Bemidji resident and outdoor enthusiast