Open Street Days have shown the potential to use Cape Town's public assets such as streets to help create a more inclusive, caring and safe city for all. The Open Streets Days programme can have a long-term impact if it becomes part of the City of Cape Town's IDP (Integrated Development Plan). Through this IDP review process, funding for, and commitment to, extending this programme to other parts of the city should be secured.
The Open Streets Days that have been rolled out in Cape Town over the last 4 years could not have been possible without the support and funding provided by the City of Cape Town. We believe that this programme, and the concept of Open Street more broadly, aligns strongly with the City's core focus areas as set out in the current IDP and its focus on planning with people and not for them. Open Streets offers an opportunity to deepen inclusivity by physically connecting communities and ultimately, allow[ing] people to move freely and connect with each other. Open Streets also creates an environment for people to freely interact, play and discover new areas of the city and thus encourages public enjoyment of open spaces. As outlined by the IDP, establishing safety must rely on community partnerships and innovative models. Building on international best practice, Open Streets can help create safety at multiple levels maximizing limited resources. Ultimately, Open Streets Days are a great platform for citizens to express themselves, engage with the City and through their actions, transform the spatial, social and economic divides created in the past and that still persist today.
We are grateful that the City has embarked on a process with us to investigate how this small programme could be rolled out more extensively, by creating a Task Team to review the Open Streets model. While we remain committed to exploring opportunities more extensively, our research and engagements to date with Open Streets movements around the world suggest that such a programme is not possible without sustained funding and support from Local Government. As such, we suggest that an Open Streets Days programme should form part of the IDP and that funding for extending this programme to other parts of the city should be secured through this IDP review process. The Task Team process that we are working through will inform us on the form such a programme may take.
Make a submission (deadline 10 October)
- Fill in the online comment form
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Submit a written submission to Director: IDP Office, 15th Floor, Civic Centre, 12 Hertzog Boulevard
- SMS: idp followed by comment to 31766
- Fax: 0865 149 938
- Hand in: To your nearest Subcouncil office
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I support the principles outlined in the Open Streets Cape Town Manifesto. I believe that these represent a future I would like to see for our city through transforming its streets to help create a more inclusive, caring and safe city for all. I believe that an Open Streets Programme should be part of the City's IDP so that the benefits of such a programme can be enjoyed by many more Capetonians.
This programme can have a long-term impact if it becomes part of the City of Cape Town's IDP. Through this IDP review process, funding for, and commitment to, extending this programme to other parts of the city should be secured.