Whilst the cancellation of this Sunday's Open Streets (due to the event permit being denied) has been a setback for Open Streets, we remain committed to the transformation of Cape Town's streets.
Incidentally, last week we had the opportunity to comment on the City of Cape Town's Draft Events By-law Amendment. Our submission calls for community-driven/non-profit events to be treated differently to commercial events. In a city with the tagline "Making progress possible. Together", active citizenship should be nurtured and celebrated. However, the current Events By-law does not allow City Officials much space to support and facilitate events and initiatives with the potential to effect positive change (like Open Streets). We have been compiling a (growing) list of organisations, groups and movements that share these views, to enhance this collective call. Please let us know if you would like to be added to this list.
We are working to create Open Streets in Cape Town again as soon as possible and can't wait to see you all on a car-free, people-centered, living street. We would like to express our gratitude to those who offer their continued support and enthusiasm for a street revolution in Cape Town. It is frustrating when the process is slow and full of obstacles, but we all know that doing something new that challenges the status quo takes perseverance. Without volunteers and a supportive community, Open Streets would not be possible.
On Sunday Main Road will not become Open Streets and we will not be parking off in Kalk Bay (to avoid confusion), but we invite you to imagine with us what the day could have been like with people in place of cars. Follow Open Streets on Twitter and Facebook (if you don't already) to help this imagination along