Open Streets in Cape Town
(16 Jan 2015)

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On 18 January 2014 from 9am to 2pm, one of Cape Town’s most exciting spots, Bree Street, will be closed to traffic and host the acclaimed OPEN STREETS – a free public event aimed at transforming public spaces into a playground for adults and children alike. After Bree Street, Open Streets will take place in Langa.

“Inspired by Bogota’s Ciclovia, the largest recreational programme in Colombia which every Sunday turns 120 kilometres of city streets into car-free space for everyone to enjoy, Open Streets in Cape Town has been mobilised by a group of passionate volunteers committed to a more equitable, integrated, safer and vibrant city” comments Marcela Guerrero Casas, a Colombian by nationality and founder and director of Open Streets Cape Town.

 

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People that attend Open Streets should expect musicians, dancers and artists of all sorts, and are invited to participate with their bicycles, rollerblades, skateboards or just on foot.

Open Streets is organised in partnership with the City of Cape Town, who is supporting the initiative and will roll it out in different parts of the city. Councillor Garreth Bloor says, “An Open Streets programme across the city could be the vehicle to shift the way people use streets, encouraging different modes of transport and creating platforms for community building, creative expression and local economic development.  It also signifies that in our commitment to build an inclusive city, the City is prepared to consider new and novel ways to deliver the changes we wish to see in our city.’

 

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Open Streets is supported by the Central City Improvement District and activities are planned by Bicycle Cape Town, National Skate Collective, Africa Skate, Elemental Kids, 100in1 amongst others.

“We hope Open Streets will become a regular programme across the city, and that we will be able to permanently transform how all Capetonians perceive, use and experience streets” concludes Ms. Guerrero Casas.

 

 

The organisers of Open Streets recently visited Expresso to tell us more about the initiative. Click here to see what they had to say about this exciting event.


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