What is Open Streets?
“Open Streets” is a worldwide movement of citizens who are reclaiming their streets as public space. During an ‘Open Streets Day’, streets are closed off to motorised transport to create a platform for community building and healthy recreational activity. Rather than being an event, Open Streets is simply a day to reimagine public life and use our streets differently. Open Streets Cape Town is a non-profit organisation working to create shared spaces that embody respect for everyone and help bridge the spatial and social divides of our city.
How can I participate?
- Organise an activity. You could host anything from a yoga class to a street soccer match; give live drawing demonstrations or hold a poetry reading. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your idea.
- Join the volunteer team to help make the day a success.
- Spread the word. Open Streets depends on the community to get the word out and to make it a vibrant and fun day.
- Come along on the day. Bring yourself, your bike, your kids, their skateboards, the dog (on a leash) and all your friends to enjoy the activities, vibe and sense of community.
How much does it cost?
How will I get there?
We encourage you to use public transport or your own steam to get to an Open Streets Day. Take a minibus taxi or train to Cape Town Central Station, and make your way to Bree Street along the Fan Walk (Waterkant Street). Alternatively, you can cycle your way there with Bicycle Cape Town. There is parking available on Heritage Square (entrance on Shortmarket Street) or on-street parking in the surrounding roads (Loop, Long etc.). There will be no access to Bree Street for vehicles.
What do I bring?
Comfortable shoes, sunscreen, water, a bike, skateboard, your family and all your friends.
What if it rains?
Come rain or shine; Open Streets will carry on. Bring an umbrella if you don’t want to get wet.
Who do I contact about Open Streets?