Open Streets Main Rd: Cycle, skate, walk & play your way from Obs to the CBD

Go out and play in the streets of Cape Town on 1 October 2017, between 10am and 3pm, as Open Streets Cape Town (OSCT) makes it possible to cycle, skate or walk in a car-restricted route between Cape Town Science Centre and the Grand Parade, including sections of Main Road, Victoria Road, Sir Lowry Road and Darling Street.

To kick off Transport Month, community members, pedestrians, cyclists, skateboarders, wheelchair-users and other non-motorised transport-users will on the day enjoy a 5km car-free stretch of road along the M4, to move around freely and engage with public spaces and facilities safely, in celebration of “movement and self-propelled mobility”.

Between 2013 and 2017, OSCT hosted 12 Open Streets Days in five parts of Cape Town, attracting 3 000-15 000 participants at each one.

Says Marcela Guerrero Casas, MD and co-founder of the NPO OSCT: “The route features many well-known landmarks and permanent public spaces, opening up a world of possibilities for exploring, socialising, exercising and shopping.”

The event will encompass one of the city’s biggest road closures outside of a major sporting or cultural event. There will also be a wide array of free activities, such as games, unicycling, juggling, Acro Yoga and live performances. At Trafalgar Park, activities will include cycle lessons for adults, elliptical cycling and a safety cycling school, while at the Grand Parade, there will be martial arts, yoga, a reading corner and counselling sessions. At Fairview Park, music, face-painting, games and performances at the Cornerstone Institute will be available; and art workshops, a hub for games to raise awareness about disabilities and capoeira will be offered at the Cape Town Science Centre. OSCT is still welcoming activity organisers who want to bring something to share on the day.

There will also be an opening bicycle ride, which will be open to the public and lead by Councillor Brett Herron, departing from the Cape Town Science Centre at 11am. Riding with him will be Minister Alan Winde, a strong supporter of OSCT, and Tasneem Essop, who was instrumental in testing the concept in 2003.

Says Brett Herron, City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development: “Open Streets forms part of our strategy to transform transport behaviour in Cape Town and encourage people to become less dependent on private vehicles. Ultimately, what we need to do is close a major arterial road every Sunday, and allow people to move by foot, cycle, skateboard, rollerblade, or just play on the street without cars interrupting. A 5km closure along a main road starts to get us closer to building Open Streets into the fabric of Cape Town, creating a people-friendly network that connects different parts of the city without vehicles interfering.”

Marcela concludes: “If the residents of the CBD, Woodstock, Salt River and Observatory enjoy taking ownership of their section of the main road, who knows, maybe Open Streets Main Road will grow to connect further south and beyond!”

ROAD CLOSURE INFORMATION

Schedule

04h00Parking restrictions start
08h00Road closures start
10h00Open Streets Main Road starts
15h00Open Streets Main Road ends
16h00Road closures end

Road closures

Road closure ofbetweenand
Main Rd (inbound lanes only)Groote Schuur DrBrowning Rd
Victoria Rd (inbound lanes only)Browning RdSalt River Rd
Victoria Rd (all lanes)Salt River RdSearle St
Sir Lowry Rd (all lanes)Searle StRussell St
Sir Lowry Rd (outbound lanes only)Russell StDarling St
Darling St (outbound lanes only)Sir Lowry RdBuitenkant St

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