Car-free streets return

2019-03-19 06:00
A dance activation at last year’s Open Streets.PHOTO: Samantha lee

A dance activation at last year’s Open Streets.PHOTO: Samantha lee

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Mitchell’s Plain will play host to the finale of the 2018/19 Open Streets Season at the end of this month.

Eisleben Road will be car-free for people to walk, cycle, skate, play, dance, explore, showcase and connect with neighbours, friends and family on Sunday 31 March, from 12:00. This will be the fourth annual Open Streets in Mitchell’s Plain.

Ward 81 councillor Danny Christians says: “I’m excited to see Open Streets returning to Mitchell’s Plain a fourth time, and how many local groups are jumping on this opportunity to come together and build stronger community networks. We suspect this will be the biggest and best car-free day on Eisleben Road yet.”

Community activist Joanie Fredericks says: “Open Streets is very close to our hearts in Mitchell’s Plain. It is chance to change the narrative of our streets and give our young people a platform to shine and be exposed to new opportunities.”

Norman Jantjes, Chairperson of the Mitchell’s Plain United Residents’ Association (MURA), added that MURA sees Open Streets as an opportunity for residents to come together and re-imagine the community development and the role that streets play. “We encourage families to come out on the day to experience the potential of Mitchell’s Plain,” he said.

A public planning session will be held tomorrow (Wednesday 20) at 19:00 at Rocklands High School Hall ahead of the event.

This will be a forum to ask questions and share ideas, sign up to host an activity, sign up as a volunteer or apply for a food stall

Vendors should contact organisers on 021 286 0823 or info@openstreets.co.za. There is no fee for a stall, and only food vendors with the necessary certificates will be accommodated.

Open Streets Days are a local programme inspired by Colombia’s Ciclovía.

The concept is to close down a street temporarily so that it becomes car-free. It’s a chance for people to reclaim streets as public space, for walking, cycling, skating, playing, exploring and general socialising. Open Streets suspends reality and allows us to imagine a new “normal” for our streets.

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