Message from the Mayor
The vision of the City of Cape Town is to transform our city into a safe, inclusive, caring, and well-run environment that offers real opportunities for all its citizens. The Open Streets project is a unique way of giving effect to all of these strategic objectives, by creating a way for the people of Cape Town to experience our public roads in the way that they can, and should, be enjoyed.
These Open Streets Days are far more than just a few hours in which some of the city's roads are closed off to motorised vehicles. Rather, they offer Capetonians a glimpse of what it means to truly share inclusive, safe public spaces that encourage and enable the fullness of Cape Town's diversity and rich cultural heritage.
In addition to promoting community spirit and giving life to the strategic pillars on which the City is making progress possible, the Open Streets initiative also serves as a strong reminder to all Capetonians of the importance of prioritising environmental sustainability when making transport decisions.
Private vehicle use remains a significant contributor to our city's carbon emissions. As an administration, we are working hard to provide innovative, accessible and safe public and non-motorised transport alternatives that will not only ease congestion on our roads, but will also allow our city to reduce its overall carbon footprint.
It is therefore my hope that these Open Streets Days not only promote a strong sense of community amongst all Capetonians, but also encourage more of us to reduce our reliance on private vehicles and make greater use of Cape Town's extensive, and expanding, public transport offerings.
Alderman Patricia de Lille
Executive Mayor: City of Cape Town
Message from Councillor Brett Herron
The establishment in 2012, of Transport for Cape Town (TCT) as the City's transport authority, paved the way for the effective transformation of Cape Town's transport systems and infrastructure. One of the cornerstones on which this transformation will be made possible is the creation of shared public roads and other spaces that promote and embody tolerance, respect and inclusivity for all who use them.
The Open Streets movement epitomises vital aspects of effective and successful road usage by all citizens, and for this reason Transport for Cape Town supports the organisation to realize a shared objective of making safe and shared public roads for all a reality in our city.
The past success of the Open Streets events held in Observatory, Woodstock and Langa offer clear evidence of the public support of the initiative and the desire that exists amongst Capetonians to enjoy shared public spaces that promote safety, inclusivity and a true sense of community spirit.
The 2016 Open Streets events in the city centre and in Mitchell's Plain, promise to build significantly on the foundation that has been established by the past successful events. It is my hope and that of the TCT team that Cape Town's residents and visitors will take full advantage of the unique opportunity presented by these two Open Streets events to safely and freely walk, play, socialise and express themselves artistically.
Councillor Brett Herron
Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town