It is the second largest transport hub in Cape Town; it is often referred to as an Afro-hub because of its cosmopolitan nature, and some call it rock city because of the many bands that have emerged from the area. With its incredible diversity and ongoing transformation, Bellville has many stories and it will soon host Open Streets!
For the past two months, we have been working with the Greater Tygerberg Partnership (GTP) to assess the feasibility of holding an Open Streets Day in Bellville. Connecting with the Voortrekker Road Corridor is of strategic importance to the Open Streets Cape Town agenda of connecting the city with a network of open streets. Moreover, the growing success of Open Streets in other parts of the city means that an Open Streets Day in Bellville will help to facilitate local participation and buy-in for the GTP's initiatives, as well as showcasing their work to the rest of Cape Town.
On Friday 14 August, after a series of consultation sessions, which included the past two Talking Street walks, both organisations met and agreed to start working towards Open Streets Bellville on Sunday 4 October 2015. This will be the third Open Streets Day for 2015, after Open Streets on Bree (18 January) and Open Streets Langa (29 March).
Stay tuned for details of public meetings and other ways of getting involved in this exciting day. If you have any friends who live in Bellville, make sure to let them know so they can join the planning process.
Get ready to ride the train or join one of the bicycle buses heading to Bellville on Sunday 4 October 2015!