We have fantastic news! On 1 October, Cape Town CBD, Woodstock, Salt River and Observatory will become a platform for Open Streets, reserving a section of the M4 (Main Road) for people, not cars. Details around times and what happens on the day will be decided in consultation with residents and business owners of these areas.
The 5km stretch will encompass one of the city’s biggest road closures outside of a major sporting or cultural event such as the Cape Town Marathon, Cape Town Cycle Tour or Cape Town Carnival. Closed to motorised vehicles, it will become an open space for pedestrians, cyclists, skateboarders, wheelchair users and other non-motorised transport users to move in safety.
The route features many well-known landmarks and permanent public spaces, opening up a world of possibilities for exploring, socialising, exercising and shopping.
Open Streets Main Road is a major step in expanding the Open Streets programme in Cape Town. Connecting the southern suburbs between Cape Town and Simon’s Town, the M4 is an integral part of the lives of many Capetonians. It starts as Darling Street in the CBD and becomes Sir Lowry Road and then Victoria Road in Woodstock, before continuing as Main Road from Salt River to Simon’s Town station. From there it changes names three more times, before continuing as Main Road to its end near Smitswinkel Bay. Most Capetonians know it simply as “the main road”.
For most of its length, the main road runs parallel with Metrorail’s southern line and many of its surrounding communities are walkable. However, much of the road is dangerous and congested, especially during morning and afternoon peak.
Open Streets is the antithesis of this and shows there can be a “new normal”. It’s about using streets as shared space where people can move freely and safely. Watch a short video here: https://youtu.be/-IL2iv4Kkws
If the residents of the CBD, Woodstock, Salt River and Observatory enjoy taking ownership of their section of the main road, who knows, maybe Open Streets Main Road will grow to connect further south and beyond!
Please note, consultation with residents and business owners along the Open Streets Main Road route will begin on 17 August with a Q&A session at Woodstock Town Hall at 18h00. All interested and affected parties are invited to attend, share input and get involved.