Sunday Streets Missoula (SSM) is an annual open streets initiative that connects neighborhoods and people to celebrate Missoula as a bikeable, walkable, and liveable community.
By temporarily closing streets to cars, we empower people of all ages, all abilities, and all backgrounds to explore transportation options, discover local businesses, and enjoy healthy activity together.
Temporarily closing streets to cars and opening them to walkers and rollers of all ages and abilities provides accessible, free recreation, leading to improved public health. Open Streets are exercises in social integration, connecting neighborhoods and allowing all residents to meet in the street as equals. Local businesses have the opportunity to showcase their products, without the outside vendors that often accompany street festivals. Open Streets programs allow communities to experience their streets in whole new ways, encouraging community and building support for broader transportation choices.
Unfortunately the 2020 Sunday Street Missoula Open Streets Program, usually held every September, is canceled. One of our favorite things about our flagship Sunday Streets Missoula on Higgins Ave is that it and brings together thousands of Missoulians of all ages and abilities. Unfortunately, this aspect is also what makes it so difficult for us to ensure that we can guarantee the safety of all attendees at an event of such large scale. While we are sad to cancel the event for this year, the health and safety of the community remain our priority.
SUNDAY STREETS HIGHLIGHTS
Last year Missoula opened over 4 acres of streets and hosted 50 activities to over 9,000 people! Check out these great photos from various Sunday Streets Missoula or click the Impact Graphic to learn more!
Click the arrows on either side of the photo to scroll through.
Pulling off Sunday Streets takes a tremendous amount of help and volunteers are crucial in making it a success! Sunday Streets volunteers are stationed along the perimeter of the route closure and are mainly responsible for counting attendees and helping folks safely navigate the street closure.