Open Streets Mitchells Plain will end off the 2016-17 series that has taken place thus far in Langa, Bellville and the City Centre. This car-free celebration of public space, which is free and open to everyone, will enable residents and visitors alike to use the street to walk, cycle, skate, play or perform – as they did in April 2016 at the first successful ‘Open Streets Mitchells Plain.’
Says Eddie Andrews, Mayoral Committee Member: Area-Based Service Delivery: Area 4 and Councillor for Ward 78 in Mitchells Plain: “Open Streets helps highlight the positive developments taking place in Mitchells Plain and facilitates connecting with the rest of Cape Town. This year, we will be opening up a major road to create a space for the entire community in and around Mitchells Plain to take an active role in making the day a success.”
Open Streets Days are gaining momentum in the Mother City, with a partnership between local non-profit organisation Open Streets Cape Town (OSCT) and the City’s Transport & Urban Development Authority (TDA) working to grow the programme to become more regular and widespread across the metro.
Says OSCT Co-founder and Managing Director Marcela Guerrero Casas: “Open Streets has gone from being an experiment to getting people excited about the potential for long-term impact on the city. TDA has reiterated its support and intention to scale up the programme, and the growing support from Capetonians is taking the movement forward. We look forward to returning to Mitchells Plain again!”
Says Councillor Brett Herron, Mayoral Committee Member: Transport & Urban Development Authority: “The progression from a collection of ‘events’ to a cohesive series of Open Streets Days has been a graduation from a ‘proof of concept’ to the first steps of a long-term citywide programme. The City of Cape Town supports these car-free days as a platform to show the potential of streets. They encourage non-motorised transport, which is pivotal for the sustainability of our city.”
Everyone invited to get involved
Open Streets Days are a free community platform for games, performance, showcasing projects, sports and more. Everyone is invited to get involved by:
- Organising an activity or showcase
- Applying to be a food vendor
Contact email@example.com or 021 286 0823 for more information.
Join the open Q&A session on Thursday 23 February at 18h00 at Rocklands Secondary School.
Guerrero Casas concludes: “Open Streets draws inspiration from Bogotá’s Ciclovía, which transforms 120km of streets across the Colombian capital every Sunday and public holiday. Our aim for Cape Town is a little bit different though. We want to show that streets have the power to connect people across social and spatial divides. So, come along to Mitchells Plain and let’s explore streets together as we build towards a long-term programme of Open Streets Days.”
For interviews and all other media inquiries: contact Marcela Guerrero Casas at 072 214 6736 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photos from Open Streets Mitchells Plain 2016: