On Sunday, 15 January, Bree and Longmarket Streets were closed off to all motor vehicle traffic and turned into a magical, activity-filled haven for pedestrians and cyclists of all ages.
From pole dancing demonstrations to free yoga classes, street art to busking, salsa dancing to housing demonstrations, these oft-congested inner city streets were truly transformed into a space for the people during the Mother City’s 10th Open Streets event.
“Yesterday was another magic Open Streets Day. We were very pleased to have extended the experience to Longmarket street and look forward to continuing to grow a network as that is the long term for this initiative. We want to create a culture that enables us to move freely around the city and this can only happen if Open Streets happens regularly in more parts of Cape Town. We are excited to continue working with Transport for Cape Town to take this programme to the next phase. For now, we will start preparing for Mitchells Plain on 2 April,” said co-founder Marcela Guerrero Casas.
Following Sunday’s event, this week will also see the launch of the 7-day AtoB Challenge in which 100 Capetonians will be tracking and documenting their daily commutes in an effort to help shed some light on the current state of movement and mobility in the city. There may still be a couple of spots open, so get in touch with the Open Streets crew to see if you can participate.
Here are a few snaps captured by citizens and visitors alike and shared on social media. Were you there? What was your favourite moment?
Trying out #acroyoga at #openstreets today. Definitely need to make this a regular thing in 2017 A photo posted by ashleigh (@ashleigh.megan.b) on
Featured image: Stephen Alfreds