Fighting to be heard above the busy Sunday traffic, we looked at how the street and surrounding areas could be transformed into a place for people to enjoy freely. The opportunity to use parking areas adjacent to the streets for community activities will allow for the street to be free for mobility, in all its human-powered forms. We discussed the idea of giving each parking area a different theme, and how these themes could be developed through a social media campaign.
Some other ideas discussed include:
- The possibility of connecting with the sea.
- Outdoor church services for that morning.
- Making use of the natural stage on top of Tribakery.
- Running a dress up contest.
- Having one of the Handspring Puppet Company WarHorses galloping down Open Streets.
- Main Road businesses linking up with informal vendors for the day.
- Inviting local car guards to be involved as marshals to offset their loss of earnings.
It is of utmost importance that Open Streets is embraced by the local community, so we discussed ways to invite as many people as possible to take part, as well as addressing the need to ensure access for residents in the area. This community is no stranger to the principle of Open Streets. A few years ago they took over Main Road after the Argus Cycle Tour and invited kids to skate, residents to sit on the street and businesses to take advantage of the increased number of feet on the road.
The walk was incredibly positive and confirmed the great potential for Open Streets in this vibrant part of Cape Town to attract different communities and celebrate creativity together. We look forward to developing these ideas as we plan for Open Streets in October.