Time to talk upgrades

2018-02-06 06:00

An upcoming event will look back on the transformation of Main Road over the last decade. Open Streets Cape Town (OSCT) will hold a Talking Streets event with a key project manager directly involved in the implementation of the Main Road rehabilitation project.

“The Main Road project commenced in 2008 and over the past 10 years a series of infrastructure, street and public realm upgrades has resulted in improved mobility for all users, additional utility services capacity and improved environmental outcomes. Today, businesses and pedestrians are taking full advantage,” says OSCT in a statement.

The talk will fall under the Street Minds programme and will have a more technical focus than usual. Street Minds is a working group set up by OCST to create platforms for interdisciplinary learning on street design and street-related matters. The working group has a more technical focus than other OSCT work to date. It engages with, interrogates and challenges the current policy, regulatory framework and modes of practice.

Paul Booth, a retired senior engineer from the City of Cape Town, will talk on the various processes that now result in notable improvements, including the York Road entrance to the beach, Muizenberg Park and the parking areas opposite False Bay College and the Muizenberg Magistrate’s Court.

The talk will take place during a walk along a 3 km stretch of Main Road and will include information on conservation initiatives, such as the restoration of the historical canons at the entrance to Muizenberg Park, which now includes new wooden carriages and streetlights to improve visibility at night.

V The Talking Street event will take place on Saturday 10 February from 10:00 till noon. Meet at the Striped Horse, 12 York Road, Muizenberg.

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