Open Streets is coming back to Langa to kick off the 2016/2017 series on Sunday 30th October. As part of our work with WWF, and in the spirit of Transport Month, we are inviting you to explore different ways to travel on the day. Whether you take public transport, cycle or car pool; let's seize the opportunity to support sustainable transport in our city.
Find out about the other three dates in the series here.
For the third time, King Langalibalele Drive in Langa (previously known as Washington Street) will be dedicated to people instead of cars, just for a few hours. Kids and adults will be able to dance, play, cycle, skate, explore, connect and showcase projects in the space transformed by Open Streets.
What is an Open Streets Day?
An Open Streets Day is an opportunity for all to explore a street as a space that connects people. It suspends reality for a few hours and shows a glimpse of what our future could be. Rather than being an event, Open Streets is simply a day to re-imagine public life and use our streets differently.
How can I participate?
COME ALONG ON THE DAY!
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.
VOLUNTEER ON THE DAY - Help us ensure the day runs smoothly as well as having fun and meeting new people. From helping with traffic management to ensuring children are safe; this is a practical way to contribute to the day and learn some skills. A mandatory training session will take place on 22 October in Langa. To sign up, click here.
APPLY TO BE A VENDOR - Open Streets is not a market, but there is an opportunity for food vendors who are registered with the City of Cape Town to have a spot. To apply, send us an email with your contact details, the type of food you will be selling and your official Certificate of Acceptability. Those who are not yet registered still have time to get a temporary certificate from the Environmental Health Department; contact Sandile Mpikampi (Sandile.Mpikampi@capetown.gov.za; 0719969268).
JOIN THE LOCAL ORGANISING COMMITTEE - For people who are interested in being more actively involved, we'd love to have you join the Local Organising Committee, which will meet every Thursday at 10am at Guga S'thebe throughout the month of October. We welcome everyone to this team and look forward to growing it, so please come along or contact us for more info.
SPREAD THE WORD - Open Streets depends on everyone to get the word out and make it a vibrant and fun day.
How much does it cost?
How will I get there?
We encourage you to use public transport, car-pool or your own steam to get to an Open Streets Day. Take a train to Langa station or minibus taxi to Langa, or stay tuned for details of a bike bus you could cycle with.
What do I bring?
Comfortable shoes, sunscreen, water, 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.
How is Open Streets funded?
Our main sponsor is Transport for Cape Town, with generous support by the Millennium Trust and KFM; as well additional support by Woolworths.
Watch what happened at the last Open Streets Day here: Open Streets Mitchells Plain, 3 April 2016