Pittsburgh’s first Open Streets of 2017: The route, street closures and more

Four miles of city streets become a pedestrian paradise this Sunday.

Open Streets July 2016

Open Streets July 2016

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Sarah Anne Hughes

This Sunday is Pittsburgh’s first Open Streets of 2017, which means miles of city roads will be off-limits to cars to create a pedestrian paradise.

Walkers, runners, cyclists (both bi- and uni-), rollerbladers, families and pups are welcome at the event, coordinated by Bike Pittsburgh. That organization has a number of tips for how to have the best time possible (like bring sunscreen and water). Below are the very basics of what you need to know for Sunday’s Open Streets, which kicks off at 9 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m.

The route

The four-mile route stretches from Downtown to Uptown to the South Side. Click on the below image to check out an interactive route map, or download a copy here.

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Street closures

The following streets, bridges and tunnels (yes, the Tenth Street bridge and Armstrong Tunnel) will be closed starting at 8 a.m. Sunday. Drivers shouldn’t park cars on the route after 3 a.m. Sunday. Don’t expect to drive on:

  • Forbes Avenue from Market Square to the Birmingham Bridge
  • East Carson Street between the Birmingham Bridge and 10th Street

The northbound lanes on the Birmingham Bridge will be open to drivers going in both directions.

Drivers who really need to cross through the event area can at the following intersections:

  • Forbes Avenue at Wood Street, Smithfield Street, Grant Street, Sixth Street, McAnulty Drive, Stevenson Street, Pride Street and Jumonville Street
  • E. Carson at 21st Street, 18th Street, 13th Street and S. 10th Street
  • 10th and Bingham streets


There will be free fitness events in locations Downtown, Uptown and in the South Side. That includes free massages, yoga and Zumba. Check out the schedule here.

The rest of 2017

Out of town for Memorial Day? Not a problem. The year’s other Open Streets are scheduled for June 25 and July 30.

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