...discussing dance flashmobs, braai set ups, chalk-painting and bicycle races is certainly not a linear process; but as mathematicians will tell, chaos is not random; in fact it is a higher order of the universe. And that universe seems to be allowing for incredible things to happen as the Obs and Salt River community galvanize around the idea of Open Streets.
There was no doubt in the room: Lower Main Road will be the beginning of a network of Open Streets taking over Cape Town and creating more and better public spaces for people from all corners of the city to interact!
The programme is now confirmed to include a skateboarding park and cycling activities like bike polo, slow/fast bicycle races, a bike mechanic station and electric bikes for people to ride and among others. Moreover, residents have already designed specific activation points including a family corner with braai and games for kids; street football, giant chess, puppets, folk circle dancing, a toy making station with recyclable material and a parade by the local theatre collective.
It will be a day of activity and creativity with Virgin Active offering Zumba lessons and yogis orchestrating sun salutations along Lower Main, while others beautify Open Streets through urban installations, busking, board games, chalk-drawing and more.
What's more, with the 100in1day mobilisation around Cape Town on that day, we are likely to see a large number of spontaneous acts throughout the street. The challenge now is to get as many Capetonians onto Open Streets by walking, cycling, skateboarding or using public transport to Lower Main Road (where possible). Imagine the migration of people from all over town onto Lower Main on non-motorised transport certainly a sight not to miss.
The next two weeks will be devoted to a serious communications campaign so please help us by marking your diary and inviting all your friends on Facebook, sending your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org, printing and posting the Open Streets flyer in your neighbourhood, writing letters to he editor, calling your local radio station and most importantly coming with your family and friends to Open Streets on Lower Main Road on 25 May!