Open Streets: From Colombia to Langa

2015-03-18 19:00

Cape Town - On 29 March 2015 between 12:00 and 17:00, Open Streets - a concept that originated in Bogota, Colombia - comes to the Mother Township of South Africa, Langa.


For the past five weeks, Open Streets Cape Town has been meeting with the community regularly to plan the day.

From collectively designing a poster to discussing heritage issues, these meetings have been genuinely open platforms of engagement.

On 29 March, Jungle Walk, Rubusana Avenue and part of Washington Street will be car-free; allowing thousands of people to walk, cycle, skate and connect whilst enjoying the space in whatever (legal) way they like.

This is an unprecedented invitation to the broader Cape Town community to experience Langa’s street culture, by taking over the streets together for a few hours.

Open Streets Langa is a free community event and will be the second Open Streets day for Cape Town in 2015.

The first one took place on Sunday 18 January on Bree Street.

Inspired by Bogota’s Ciclovia - the largest recreational programme in Colombia which turns 120 kilometres of city streets into car-free space for everyone to enjoy freely every single Sunday - Open Streets in Cape Town has been mobilised by a group of passionate volunteers committed to a more equitable, integrated, safer and vibrant city. They are guided by an Open Streets Manifesto.

More information can be found on their website, Facebook and Twitter.

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