Long route chosen

2017-02-21 06:00
Eisleben Road, one of the busiest roads in Mitchell’s Plain, will be closed to traffic on Sunday 2 April from noon to 17:00 for the second instalment of Open Streets. PHOTO: Samantha Lee

Eisleben Road, one of the busiest roads in Mitchell’s Plain, will be closed to traffic on Sunday 2 April from noon to 17:00 for the second instalment of Open Streets. PHOTO: Samantha Lee

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The proposed route for the second instalment of the Mitchell’s Plain Open Streets event is set to be the biggest to date with almost 3km earmarked.

Mitchell’s Plain will set the stage for the finale of a successful run of Open Streets events across Cape Town on Sunday 2 April from noon to 17:00.

The proposed route is along Eisleben Road between Wespoort Drive and Spine Road.

With the event still in the planning phase, organisers facilitated a walkabout of the route on Thursday to discuss ideas ahead of the information meeting to be held at Rocklands High School this ­Thursday.

Last year more than 15 000 people attended. Ward councillor Eddie Andrews says the opportunity exists to grow that number this year.

“With so much more space, we can look at doubling that number this year. It is in the middle of Westridge, Portlands and Rocklands, so I am sure we can do that,” he says.

It is proposed that the road be closed in both directions, making up the 2.8km of street.

“Roads are the biggest resource we have in Cape Town,” says Rebecca Campbell of the Open Streets organisation.

She adds the model is simple with very few rules, including no alcohol and no motorised transport.

Open Streets is an opportunity for residents to explore a street as a space that connects people. It suspends reality for a few hours when the roads are closed to allow for activities and car-free spaces.

The event will see sports, cycling, exercise and health installations and other fun activities for all ages.

“It is not a marketing event, but rather a day that promotes family,” says Campbell.

Residents are invited to get involved by volunteering, organising an activity or showcase or by applying to become a food vendor.

Open Streets is inspired by the Colombian event that sees 120km of roads closed every Sunday and public holiday in the South American country.

The route for the event will be finalised and communicated at the public meeting on Thursday.

V Interested parties are invited to attend the public meeting at Rocklands Secondary School on Thursday at 18:00. For information or to apply to become a vendor contact 021 286 0823 or info@openstreets.­co.za.

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