Cape Town party street to be paved?

2013-08-21 10:46

Cape Town - Tourist and party hot spot, Long Street may soon become a pedestrian's paradise if the City of Cape Town approves a proposal to close off a substantial section of the road to general traffic.

IOL reports that the Good Hope Subcouncil has approved a motion to turn the top half of Long Street from Watson Street to Wale Street into a permanent "fan walk".

Councillor Dave Bryant, who made the proposal, said service delivery vehicles would still have access during set hours, and emergency vehicles and the MyCiTi buses would still be able to drive along the road.

In his explanation to the sub-council, Bryant said traffic jams in Long Street were becoming an increasing problem and law enforcement officials have been struggling to take proper action.

He added that there would be a dedicated lane for delivery vehciles, as there is in St George's Mall.

Tasso Evangelinos, chief operating officer of the Central City Improvement District, said: "The effect it will have on making the central city more pedestrian-friendly would be an extremely positive move."

Evangelinos added that by closing off the road, the city would be creating a new public space that would need to be properly managed. According to a survey conducted among the members of the Long Street Residents' Association two years ago, there is a concern that closing off the road may lead to it becoming something of an ‘open-air nightclub' with revellers spilling onto the streets at all hours. 

The proposal will next be referred to the executive directors of transport, economic development, environment and spatial planning and safety and security.

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