Pedestrian networks in the Central City

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The City of Cape Town’s Spatial Plan and Urban Design Department initiated the Foreshore Pedestrianisation Program at the end of 2001. The purpose of this program was to assess and upgrade the main pedestrian routes on the foreshore of Cape Town’s City Centre, with the aim of making pedestrian routes safer and more attractive for workers, visitors and tourists who arrive by public transport and walk through the Central City. These routes included the pedestrian movement between Cape Town Station, the Cape Town International Convention Centre and the V&A Waterfront.

The first phase of the Foreshore Pedestrianisation Program included the upgrading of the Heerengracht and Hertzog Boulevard’s central islands. This project started in 2003 and included the erection of a water feature on Heerengracht’s central island that resembles the historical grachte (channels) in Adderley Street, tree planting and the addition of lights and benches.

The CCID assisted with the coordination of these projects. They informed all relevant businesses about the project and its elements and then communicated the queries and concerns of these businesses to the Urban Design department of the City. The CCID also assisted with interim management and sorted out a few logistical problems with ongoing business operations such as the screening off of the construction sites and proper signage.

The Partnership is supporting the pedestrian network improvement plan to promote better pedestrian and cycling linkages in the Central City. Through our Walking Tours programme, we reintroduce the Central City to Capetonians and provide visitors with an intimate glimpse into the hidden charms of the inner city area. The Partnership advocates and initiates improved signage and way- finding devices in the Central City.


The 2010 FIFA World Cup injected new life in old Central City public space, and new pedestrian walkways are gradually taking shape. During this event, pedestrians will be able to walk from the newly renovated Cape Town Station up Waterkant Street to the Cape Town Stadium in Green Point on newly paved pedestrians walkways. Two pedestrian bridges will take them over a busy Buitengracht Street into neighbouring Green Point.

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