On Sunday 4th October 2015, the first ever ?Open Streets Bellville? will take place; creating a car-free corridor for local residents and visitors to explore, play and experience their streets differently.
The Greater Tygerberg Partnership and Open Streets Cape Town have created a partnership to roll out an Open Streets Day in Bellville. The decision to go ahead with organising the day came after two months of carrying out a feasibility assessment that involved engaging with different members of the local community and exploring traffic management options in the area.
The programme aims to help connect different communities, encourage residents to use alternative modes of transport, support local businesses and expose people to healthy and creative ways of using streets as public space for recreation. Opportunities for activities on the day include cycling and skateboarding, street soccer, music busking, chalk-drawing, arts installations and showcasing cultures and cuisine found in Bellville. The day provides an invitation to citizens to use their imagination and maximise this free Open Streets platform in the spirit of community and spontaneous fun.
Inspired by Bogota?s Ciclovia - the largest national recreational programme in Colombia that turns 120km of streets into car-free space across the city every Sunday - the aim of Open Streets is to enable all citizens to use streets freely and safely. Hundreds of cities around the world have developed similar programmes and Cape Town is taking the lead in running a formal Open Streets programme on the African continent.
Bellville is the second largest transport hub in Cape Town; it is often referred to as an Afro-hub because of its cosmopolitan nature, and some call it ?rock city? because of the many bands that have emerged from the area. With its incredible diversity and ongoing transformation, Bellville has many stories and it will soon host Open Streets! This will be the third Open Streets Day for 2015, after Open Streets on Bree (18 January) and Open Streets Langa (29 March).
ON THE DAY
There will be a variety of activities happening on the day, so that we can all play on the streets of Bellville together, kids and 'big kids' alike. Click here for information about activities on the day.
Local informal traders have been engaged and will be present on the day, as well as a couple of extra food vendors. Many local businesses will be open, selling a variety of foods.
Join the Open Streets Bellville Facebook event and share with your friends to make sure noone misses out!