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Open Streets Mitchells Plain: Building community resilience at street level

Written by: diannem

On Sunday 25 March, from 12h00 to 17h00, a portion of Eisleben Road, between Lavender and Montagu Drive will become Open Streets for the third time since 2016. Please note this is a route update from the first announcement. Local residents and other stakeholders have ‘voted with their feet’ and requested a longer stretch of road to experiment with a car-free corridor that brings the community together in a safe and welcoming space.

A safe street with universal access is the kind of city I want to live in. Moving around Cape Town as a person with disabilities is not an easy experience, and initiatives like Open Streets can help us all understand how different people move and what the challenges are on our streets on a daily basis. I look forward to welcoming people from all over the city

Randall Wynkwardt, a resident of Tafelsig

The response from various groups has also been positive, with participation confirmed from Making an Impact Through Sport, Duneside Primary School, Read to Rise, Wellbeing in Schools & Education, Mitchells Plain Online Store, Helen O’Grady Drama Academy, Pedal Power Association, BEN Bikes, TSiBA Education, Velokhaya Cycling Academy, Western Cape on Wellness WoW!, Biodanza and many more.

Space for alternative mobility

The Open Streets programme is the result of a collaboration between the Transport and Urban Development Authority and Open Streets Cape Town (OSCT), a citizen-driven NPO working to change how people use, experience and perceive streets.

Roads are another form of public space. Removing cars from the road during Open Streets allows people to cycle safely and engage freely with each other, in a space they might not feel comfortable in normally.

Robert Vogel, CEO of the Pedal Power Association

Our goal is to increase public and non-motorised transport use by challenging the perception that car ownership is inevitable in South Africa. In that vein, we invite everyone to take up the #AtoBChallenge on the day and stand a chance to win a bicycle. All you need to do is use public transport or non-motorised transport and tag us on social media.

Sindile Mavundla, Campaigns Manager for Open Streets

Road closure information

The road closure will be in place from 11h00 to 18h00. During this time there will be no access for motorised vehicles to Eisleben Road between Lavender and Montagu Drive. Intersections of Morgenster Road, Silversands Avenue and Wespoort Drive will remain open to motorised vehicles, with pedestrian crossings at these points on the Open Streets route.

Public transport operations will continue with route deviations on the day.

Opportunities on the day

Residents of the area are invited to actively participate by using the space, inviting others and playing a role in organising activities. Apply for a food stall (deadline 16 March)

  • Register an activity to help bring the street to life

Contact info@openstreets.co.za or 021 286 0823 for info on signing up or taking part in the #AtoBChallenge




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