Well everyone takes part. From the City of Cape Town who funds the day and CCID who helps with keeping the street safe and clear to businesses staying open and people joining the fun, it takes a village to co-create Open Streets.
There is a particular group without which the day wouldn't be possible: activity organisers. They donate their time, talent and resources to share something special with everyone and they all do it on a voluntary basis!
We try to keep guidelines as simple as possible; notwithstanding it is crucial they are followed so that everyone can enjoy the street. We thought we'd share them with everyone to give an idea of the rules of the game especially for those who didn't get a chance to get their activity on the printed map but who might still want to come along on the day and contribute.
- Activities can be set up either on the pavement or on a side street, Bree Street must be clear for people to move;
- No marketing is allowed (e.g. handing out flyers or big banners); however activity organisers are encouraged to have a standalone board/banner indicating who they are;
- For safety reasons, no infrastructure is permitted unless previously approved. Our Safety Officer (the final authority on this matter) monitors all infrastructure on the day;
- In order to maintain the non-commercial spirit of the day, all activities are free to the public and only food vendors are allowed to sell at specific and pre-approved locations;
- Each section is overseen by a volunteer who provides support on the day and answers questions activity organisers (or participants) might have. They will be wearing an Open Streets t-shirt and a neon yellow bib;
- The blocks surrounding Netcare Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital (Wale Street , Shortmarket Street) will include special access for the hospital and are already very busy. Therefore only a few pre-approved activities have been placed there. We will be particularly strict about keeping this area free for mobility. The street is long, so there will be plenty of alternative locations;
- The road closure takes effect at 7am; however pre-approved activity organisers who have requested access to drop off equipment will be allowed in.
As you can see it's pretty simple to re-imagine streets without cars. You just need a group of people passionate about their city who are ready to take over the space and invite everyone to play.