Main Road for feet, roller blades, skateboards and bicycles on Open Streets Day

Open Streets Day is a collaborative effort between the City’s Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA) and Open Streets Cape Town (OSCT).
‘Open Streets is a platform to demonstrate the potential of streets where Capetonians also have the opportunity to experience roads as public spaces where we can meet, socialise and participate in activities. I invite the people from Observatory, Woodstock and Salt River to come and enjoy the day in the street and to connect with their neighbours and other visitors,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Area Central, Councillor Suzette Little.
‘This is also the ideal opportunity for residents and interested parties to walk over to the Cape Town Science Centre where the TDA will host the third and final day of an exhibit on the 11 City-owned sites to be developed for affordable and inclusionary housing,’ said Councillor Herron.
The Science Centre is based at 370 Main Road in Observatory and the exhibition will be open from 10:00 to 15:00.
‘At previous Open Streets days we focused on activities on the route. And, while there will be activities at Open Streets Main Road, this time we’re making almost all of the road space available for mobility. It is a good reminder that streets can become more people-friendly spaces,’ said OSCT Managing Director, Marcela Guerrero Casas.
‘Creating the space for people to cycle safely and freely can be a transformative opportunity for those who do not feel comfortable getting on a bicycle on the streets of our city,’ said the Chief Executive Officer of the Pedal Power Association, Robert Vogel.
At Open Streets Main Road, there will be many short journeys people can embark on. Whether on a bicycle, a skateboard or by foot, the opportunity to discover this historic stretch of Cape Town is limitless. For example, you could cycle the less than 3 km distance from Trafalgar Park in Woodstock to the Cape Town Science Centre in Observatory, or walk from Cape Town City Hall to Woodstock Town Hall.
Residents and visitors are also encouraged to join Councillor Herron on the day as he takes the lead on his bicycle to formally open Main Road to two-wheelers. The ride will depart from the Cape Town Science Centre at 11:00 and will end in the CBD.
‘By showing that walking and cycling short distances is possible, these journeys could inspire more day-to-day shifts in our transport behaviour. We invite everyone to come out and help make the street come alive on the day!’ said Guerrero Casas.