A day full of colour ahead

2018-12-18 06:00
An Open Streets Day will take place on Sunday 27 January along Bree Street.PHOTO: Marcel Duvenage

An Open Streets Day will take place on Sunday 27 January along Bree Street.PHOTO: Marcel Duvenage

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The third Open Streets Day in the 2018/19 series will see Bree Street become a shared space in January.

The half-day event will take place on Sunday 27 January, and will be a day “full of colour, activity and self-propelled mobility”, Open Streets Cape Town says in a stateme­nt.

Building on the success of previous years and thanks to the financial support of the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI), Open Streets Cape Town is partnering with the City of Cape Town and the Central City Improvement District (CCID) to demonstrate to all residents across the city what a car-free, people-first CBD could be.

“Open Streets offers a great opportunity for Cape Town’s residents to be active participants in experiencing the unifying potential of their community. At a recent Open Streets event I was happy to see the community come out, engage one another and experience an inclusive, safe and welcoming space. I look forward to seeing other communities enjoy this fun and thought-provoking experience,” says mayor Dan Plato.

By closing down a portion of Bree Street to traffic, it will be transformed into an inclusive and neutral space for all to enjoy, the statement reads.

“Although some might consider it just a party or a festival, we hope they will also become aware of joining the ‘movement for better movement’. This includes taking the opportunity to leave their cars at home and test a different mode of transport for getting to Open Streets,” the statement reads.

The aim of Open Streets is to radically increase the use and ownership of streets as public space and, with that in mind, this summer the Open Streets Days series has returned to the five areas where the programme has taken root: Woodstock, Bellville, City Centre, Langa and Mitchell’s Plain.

Open Streets Cape Town co-founder and managing director Marcela Guerrero Casas says: “The invitation to residents is to use the Open Streets platform to reimagine these different parts of the city. Closed to motorised vehicles and open to people, roads become spaces for walkers, cyclists, skaters and wheelchair users to move safely, and for showcasing of local music, dance and community-based initiatives. These days bring people together and inspire action. We believe this kind of experiential learning could lead to real behaviour change and increased advocacy for non-motorised transport.”

Tasso Evangelinos, CCID CEO, adds: “For Cape Town to become a safe and inclusive city, we must catch up with the global trend that calls for fewer motorised vehicles and more infrastructure that is safe and welcoming to pedestrians. It has been proven in other places and in our experience in the CBD for years that businesses benefit from this type of activation.”

The street will be closed to motorised transport from 09:00 to 14:00.

V For more information, email info@openstreets.co.za or visit www.openstreets.co.za.

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