From 18 June to 4 July, Rebecca Campbell - Open Streets Cape Town Operations Manager, will take part in an intensive training programme with the organisers of Bogota's iconic 'Ciclov?a,' who have extended a very generous invitation to us. The goal is to bring back ideas, knowledge and resources to help us refine and scale up the Open Streets Days programme in Cape Town. We look forward to an opportunity to not only learn from our 'Open Streets Mother,' but also connect and share with a fellow city in the global south.
Open Streets Days are inspired by Bogot??s ?Ciclov?a?, a recreational programme that creates 120km of car-free streets in the Colombian capital every Sunday and public holiday. More than 400 cities around the world have followed suit with their own versions of streets that provide space for recreation and social interaction. This Cape Town initiative is the first formal Open Streets programme in Africa, offering a practical way to help bridge the city?s social and spatial divides
This trip has evolved from dream to exciting reality thanks to the support of the WWF Nedbank Green Trust; and forms part of our work with them to promote low-carbon transport.
Follow the links for each blog post below to read about the trip.
"In a few days? time I?ll be touching down in Bogota, Colombia, to start two and a half weeks of Open Streets boot camp; Ciclov?a-style. We all know the story by now; that in this Colombian capital, over 100kms of streets become a car-free ?open streets? network every Sunday and public holiday. It has been running for over forty years, and up to 30% of the city?s population uses Ciclov?a to exercise and move around with their families..." Read more
"...Despite the joy of taking over roads usually dedicated to cars, it was remarkable to feel how ?normal? and low-key the whole thing is. Barriers are minimal and in many places car drivers and Ciclov?a users must navigate their relationship across intersections..." Read more
"...We have started delving into the foundations of Ciclov?a, which celebrated its 40th year of existence in 2014. What inspires a city and its citizens to pursue a programme like Ciclov?a? In the 1970s in Colombia a variety of different factors converged to bring about the birth of Ciclov?a..." Read more
"This week we have caught a glimpse of the incredible and intricate machinery behind Ciclov?a. The systems and operational team are impressive and it is clear that they?ve had decades of refining the model. However, there is something else that guarantees the programme?s success; unwavering public support by ordinary citizens..." Read more
"...From the beginning of the day, where we witnessed the morning briefing of one particular group at 5:45am, until the final moments inside their ?Communications Centre,? it?s clear that these guardians are made of some pretty special material..." Read more
"As we near the end of the programme with the IDRD, having covered the various aspects of Ciclov?a?s operations in different sessions and activities, we have looked further to learn from other initiatives in Bogota that promote sustainable transport...to get a different angle and learn how different approaches can complement public programmes..." Read more