With five days to go, we thought we’d give you five ways to enjoy a partially car-free Cape Town CBD on Sunday.
On 15 January, we’re back on Bree from 10h00 till 15h00. And to add more value to your Open Streets experience, we’re also clearing a section of Longmarket Street of vehicular traffic. The aim is to inspire you to explore more of the city centre on foot or by bike. So, with that in mind, here are five ways to make the most of your experience.
1. Dip your toe in by visiting the Bike Hub
The Pedal Power Association, the Bicycling Empowerment Network, Velokhaya Life Cycling Academy and Up Cycles are joining forces at Open Streets City Centre. This initiative will include a safe cycling school, free bike rides for children, bicycle parking, bike rentals and a bike bus. Look at the map for details.
2. Explore Longmarket Street
This stretch connects Bo-Kaap with District Six via the CBD. Passing through several neighbourhoods, including the East City, it shows a cross section of Cape Town life. Are you fit enough to walk all the way to the top on Signal Hill? The views over the city and Table Bay are well worth the effort.
3. Try the Adderley Street cycle lane and Long Street Baths
From Longmarket Street, it’s easy to get to Adderley and Long streets. The former, Cape Town’s “main street”, has a dedicated cycle lane that connects to the Company’s Garden. The latter is a hive of shops and also houses the Long Street Baths, open every Sunday...in case you need to cool down.
4. Connect to the CBD’s pedestrianised streets
There are several permanently pedestrianised thoroughfares in the city centre, including St Georges Mall and Waterkant Street. The municipality began closing the mall to vehicular traffic in the late 1980s and Waterkant Street followed as a 2010 FIFA World Cup legacy project. Today, these are popular lunchtime meeting spots that showcase the value of public space.
5. Take a bus from Long or Loop streets
MyCiTi routes 101 to Vredehoek and 107 to Camps Bay run along Long and Loop streets. You can use these buses to travel in the CBD itself, or to connect to other routes that’ll take you as far as Atlantis or Mitchells Plain. Remember: MyCiTi allows bicycles on board, so you could arrive by bus and still cycle.
When we hosted Open Streets Bree two years ago, we didn’t realise we were creating a tradition of kicking the year off on a street-positive note. It was our “new streets resolution”, so to speak! We hope you will enjoy the latest stop on our Open Streets journey and stay tuned for more