Get ready for Open Streets 2015

2015-01-06 05:00

Cape Town - On 18 January from 09:00 to 14:00, one of Cape Town’s most exciting spots, Bree Street, will be closed to traffic and host the acclaimed Open Streets.

This is a free public event aimed at transforming public spaces into a playground for adults and children alike.

"Inspired by Bogota’s Ciclovia, the largest recreational programme in Colombia which every Sunday turns 120 kilometres of city streets into car-free space for everyone to enjoy, Open Streets in Cape Town has been mobilised by a group of passionate volunteers committed to a more equitable, integrated, safer and vibrant city," Marcela Guerrero Casas, founder and director of Open Streets Cape Town says.

People that attend Open Streets should expect musicians, dancers and artists of all sorts, and are invited to participate with their bicycles, rollerblades, skateboards or just on foot.

(Sydelle Willow Smith)

(Rory Williams)

Open Streets is organised in partnership with the City of Cape Town, who is supporting the initiative and will roll it out in different parts of the city.

Councillor Garreth Bloor says: "An Open Streets programme across the city could be the vehicle to shift the way people use streets, encouraging different modes of transport and creating platforms for community building, creative expression and local economic development.  It also signifies that in our commitment to build an inclusive city, the City is prepared to consider new and novel ways to deliver the changes we wish to see in our city."

(Rory Williams)

Open Streets is supported by the Central City Improvement District and activities are planned by Bicycle Cape Town, National Skate Collective, Africa Skate, Elemental Kids, 100in1 amongst others.

"We hope Open Streets will become a regular programme across the city, and that we will be able to permanently transform how all Capetonians perceive, use and experience streets," says Marcela Guerrero Casas.

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Watch the video below to get amped! See you there!

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