By closing Bree Street in the Cape Town central business district on Sunday 17 January 2016, residents and visitors get the opportunity to fully enjoy the space – be it by strolling with their dogs, participating in street games or art, cycling with their families or just walking carefree without needing to be concerned about vehicles.
As with last year, Bree Street will once again become a haven for pedestrians when the road will be closed to vehicular traffic from 10:00 until 15:00.
Open Streets builds on efforts by the City of Cape Town to create a city that is inclusive, friendly and safe for all. Sunday’s event follows on from the partnership between Open Streets and the City during which the City has hosted other successful Open Streets days in Observatory, Langa and Bellville in the recent past.
‘We are pleased to be working with Open Streets Cape Town in returning to Bree Street to plant the seed for regular Open Streets programmes. We hope to see Open Streets become less of an event and more of a way of living, with shared streets in our city becoming more commonplace. We hope that the Bree Street vehicle-free day inspires other communities to open up their streets by closing them to traffic for a number of hours on a regular basis. We are currently working with the organisers to establish a framework that can enable communities across Cape Town to host Open Streets events in future,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town, Councillor Brett Herron.
Activities confirmed thus far for Sunday 17 January 2016 include a bicycle hub, open mic, zumba, pole-dancing, gymnastics and acrobatics, chess, live graffiti, an art installation, music and an exercise hub.
‘The Cape Town Central City Improvement District (CCID) aims to facilitate a Cape Town central city that is attractive and welcoming to all Capetonians and visitors alike, and the Open Streets initiative really embraces this concept. Wherever it is held in Cape Town, it always attracts a diverse range of people and enables them to experience an area that they may not necessarily be that familiar with or spend time in. We encourage retailers in and around the event footprint to open on the day and invite the public to come into the CBD and see what a 24/7 downtown could be like as we head in that direction,’ said the Chief Operating Officer of the CCID, Tasso Evangelinos.
‘We are working to shift the paradigm of mobility in our city. Jump on the train, a MyCiTi bus, minibus-taxi or your bicycle or skateboard and join Open Streets Cape Town to experience the CBD in a radically different way,’ said the Managing Director of Open Streets Cape Town, Marcela Guerrero Casas.
To watch a short clip about Open Streets in Cape Town, please click here
For more details visit www.openstreets.org.za, Facebook or follow @openstreetsCT on Twitter