In our information-overloaded, fast-paced lives, we rarely stop to take in the beauty and diversity of the stuff that surrounds us. We’re so caught up with clutter in our tiny bubbles, that often we have no idea of what’s happening in the communities just around the corner.
Which is where Open Streets comes in… This citizen-driven initiative affords Capetonians of all ages, shapes and colours the wonderful opportunity of taking ownership of our streets and, in so doing, connecting with and exploring our neighbouring communities.
Open Streets is organised by a local non-profit organisation – Open Streets Cape Town (OSCT) – with the support of various companies, organisations, and individual volunteers, residents and friends. The ultimate goal is to help bridge social and spatial divides in the city.
How it works
On each of the Open Streets Days, a road in Cape Town is closed to motorised vehicles. These roads become open spaces for pedestrians, cyclists, skateboarders, wheelchair users and other non-motorised transport users to move around safely. You can arrive at any point along the route, and walk in whichever direction you’d like, just as long as you bring a happy vibe, and an open heart.
Diarise these dates for upcoming Open Streets Events in 2019
1. Open Streets CBD
Where Bree Street, CBD, Cape Town
Where Sunday, 27 January 2019
2. Open Streets Langa
Where King Langalibalele Drive, Langa
Where Sunday, 24 February 2019
3. Open Streets Mitchells Plain
Where Eisleben Road, Mitchells Plain
Where Sunday, 31 March 2019
Open Streets Cape Town also runs a regular #Bike2Work campaign on the last Friday of every month, where fellow Capetonians opt to cycle to work instead of driving. Currently there are routes from Palmyra Junction in Claremont and Gugulethu. #Bike2Work allows us to experience streets and modes of transport differently, and reduce our carbon footprint!
So if you’re keen for some exercise – and to connect with fellow Capetonians – join the movement.