Get active at Open Streets

2018-03-20 06:00
There will be a range of kiddies’ activities, including chess.PHOTOS: Samantha Lee

There will be a range of kiddies’ activities, including chess.PHOTOS: Samantha Lee

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Put away your car keys and wipe off you bicycle pedals – Open Streets will see Eisleben Road transformed into a car free space this Sunday.

On Sunday 25 March, from 12:00 to 17:00, a portion of Eisleben Road, between Lavender Road and Montagu Drive will become Open Streets for the third time. Local residents and other stakeholders have “voted with their feet” and requested a longer stretch of road to experiment with a car-free corridor that brings the community together in a safe and welcoming space, says Open Streets Cape Town managing director Marcela Guerrero Casas. Along with the Open Streets Cape Town team, People’s Post will be putting up their posts near Montagu Drive to give event goers a spot of shade and a chance to put their feet up.

Pop in and say hi, or leave your mark in chalk on the street, at the People’s Post Chill Zone.

But this chill zone won’t be the only stop you’ll make on the day, as we’re joined by a host of exciting activities. The response from various groups has also been positive, with participation confirmed from Making an Impact Through Sport, Duneside Primary School, Read to Rise, Wellbeing in Schools & Education, Mitchell’s Plain Online Store, Helen O’Grady Drama Academy, Pedal Power Association, BEN Bikes, TSiBA Education, Velokhaya Cycling Academy, Western Cape on Wellness WoW!, Biodanza and many more.

A kiddies’ fun area will be available and there will be a reading corner arranged by Read to Rise. The Metro Police Social Crime Prevention Unit will be holding a dog show. Autism Connect will have kiddies’ activities and an awareness drive, while the Pedal Power Association will host bicycle training for children.

Robert Vogel, CEO of the Pedal Power Association, says: “Roads are another form of public space. Removing cars from the road during Open Streets allows people to cycle safely and engage freely with each other, in a space they might not feel comfortable in normally.”

For the most active, there will be street cricket, street soccer and sporting activities with Bayview Sports Academy of Excellence. Mitchell’s Plain Titans AC will hold a fun run, BalletRIP will host a workout session and Giants Mitchell’s Plain Gymnastics will demonstrate artistic gymnastics.

And if your feet are tired of walking, there’ll be plenty more for them to do at one of the many dancing activities: Set4dance Studio, Nead community development and Down South Natives will be promoting Hip hop dancing, Marimba Jam and Abemveli dancing group will perform and WoW will hold dance classes.

There will be range of live music

There will also be live street art created by Preficks & Aweh Migo and Charl Christo, and Randall Wynkwardt will hold a mouth painting contest.

Wynkwardt, a resident of Tafelsig, says: “A safe street with universal access is the kind of city I want to live in. Moving around Cape Town as a person with disabilities is not an easy experience, and initiatives like Open Streets can help us all understand how different people move and what the challenges are on our streets on a daily basis. I look forward to welcoming people from all over the city.”

Sindile Mavundla, campaigns manager for Open Streets adds: “Our goal is to increase public and non-motorised transport use by challenging the perception that car ownership is inevitable in South Africa. In that vein, we invite everyone to take up the #AtoBChallenge on the day and stand a chance to win a bicycle. All you need to do is use public transport or non-motorised transport and tag us on social media.”

Road closures will be in place from 11:00 to 18:00. During this time there will be no access for motorised vehicles to Eisleben Road between Lavender Road and Montagu Drive. Intersections of Morgenster Road, Silversands Avenue and Wespoort Drive will remain open to motorised vehicles, with pedestrian crossings at these points on the Open Streets route.

Public transport operations will continue with route deviations on the day.

V Contact or 021 286 0823 for more information.


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