Everything You Need to Know About OpenStreetsPGH May Route

OpenStreetsPGH East End Route Coming Saturday, May 25th

On Saturday, May 25th (That’s right, it’s a SATURDAY!) OpenStreetsPGH will visit Pittsburgh’s East End community. Explore the longest OpenStreetsPGH route ever with a 4.4 mile loop connecting Homewood, Larimer, East Liberty, Shadyside, and North Point Breeze.

Presented by UPMC Health Plan, OpenStreetsPGH is Pittsburgh’s fastest growing free event series that opens miles of streets to people of all ages and abilities. With the longest route scheduled for May, this event is poised to bring together 40,000 attendees.

May Route Preview

Participants will enjoy the car-free streets of East Liberty, Shadyside, Homewood, Point Breeze, and Larimer from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 25th (Again, not a typo…it’s a Saturday). 

  • What will you see & find along the route? OpenStreetsPGH offers something for everyone, from fitness workshops, to kids activities, shopping, brunch, community arts, and special promotions presented by over 100 local businesses and organizations. For full events schedule visit openstreetspgh.org/schedule/
  • Where should I go? Three event hubs around the route will feature free fitness classes by the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh. Be sure to visit the Shadyside hub in Mellon Park, the Peoples Hub in Homewood at Kelly St., and the BikePGH East Liberty Kids Hub at Center Ave. Plan your route today at www.OpenStreetsPGH.org/route
  • How do I get to the event? However you’d like! We strongly suggest walking, riding a bike, or taking public transit. For details on how to get to OpenStreetsPGH by walking, biking, taking public transit, or driving (+ parking info):openstreetspgh.org/getting-here
  • How can I get involved? We have 7 different volunteer roles you can choose from! Pick a role and sign up here: openstreetspgh.org/volunteer

Click here to RSVP on Facebook for updates on the schedule, route, day of promotions, contests and more!

How do I drive around the event?

Unlike other events, OpenStreetsPGH does not necessitate a completely continuous street closure. There are 12 intersections along the route where motorized vehicles CAN cross the route during the event.

East Liberty

  • Center Ave & Broad St
  • Penn Ave & Highland Ave
  • Center Ave & Highland Ave

Shadyside

  • Walnut St & Highland Ave
  • Shady Ave & Fifth Ave
  • Penn Ave & Fifth Ave

Point Breeze

  • Dallas Ave & Thomas Blvd

Homewood

  • Hamilton St & Homewood Ave
  • Bennett St & Homewood Ave
  • Bennett St to Dallas Ave will remain open
  • Fifth Ave & Frankstown Ave

Larimer

  • East Liberty Blvd & Frankstown Ave / Broad St

It is recommended to use Waze or Google Maps to stay up to help navigate road closures.

I live along the route. What do I need to know?

Streets will begin closing Saturday, May 25th at 8 a.m. and will start reopening around 1 p.m. Cars parked along the route must be moved before 3 a.m. on Saturday morning or they will be towed. “No Parking” signs will be placed along the route on Wednesday.

THE FOLLOWING STREETS WILL BE IMPACTED:

  • Highland Ave from Broad St to Fifth Ave
  • Fifth Ave from Highland Ave to Frankstown Ave
  • Thomas Blvd from Fifth Ave to Homewood Ave
  • Homewood Ave from Thomas Blvd to Frankstown Ave
  • Frankstown Ave from Homewood Ave to East Liberty Blvd
  • Broad St from East Liberty Blvd to Highland Ave
  • Fifth Ave will be fully closed from Hamilton Ave to Woodland Rd.
    • It is recommended to use detours on Wilkins Ave, Hamilton Ave or Negley Ave

ABOUT THE EVENT

The event is organized by Bike Pittsburgh and is made possible through major support from UPMC Health Plan. Additional support is provided by, Peoples, The Benter Foundation, The Heinz Endowments, Wahilia Creative, Port Authority, Uber,  and PNC.

“OpenStreetsPGH invites the community to get outside and be active, providing an opportunity to reimagine our streets as places for people, not just cars,” said Scott Bricker, executive director of Bike Pittsburgh.

After 5 years, this event series has grown from 44,000 participants in 2015 to 113,000 participants in 2018.

Media and the public are encouraged to visit openstreetspgh.org/media/, or follow OpenStreetsPGH on Facebook,Twitter, and Instagram, for updates and details on event happenings.


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