Mitchell’s Plain pulled out all the stops at the finale of the 2018/19 Open Streets season. Thousands of pairs of feet, accompanied by roller-skates, skateboards, bicycles, tricycles, prams and electric toy cars filled the otherwise busy Eisleben Road on Sunday. 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 and is a chance for people to reclaim streets as public space, for walking, cycling, skating, playing, exploring and general socialising. This is the fourth Mitchell’s Plain Open Streets. The busy arterial way was closed to traffic from 12:00 to 17:00 and allowed for residents to host activations such as dancing, zumba, singing, gymnastics, open mic sessions, art and use stalls to sell their wears and promote their businesses.Open Streets has become widely successful, with people travelling from far and wide to enjoy the dy with family and friends. “Open Streets is part of our calendar since we first attended last year,” says Kaylin Petersen from Eastridge. She and her three children cycled the route on either side, saying they stopped along the way to watch acts and join in on a painting installation.Joseph Hendricks from Lentegeur walked from his home along the route all the way to Rocklands.“Usually we are not able to walk this far without being robbed or feeling unsafe. Open Streets gives us that chance. It is a great initiative and I hope it grows in future. We can really take back our streets,” he says. V See more photos on page 6.