What happens when you block traffic from entering an urban road for a day and turn it over to pedestrians to walk on, skate on, cycle on, sing and dance on? Central Cape Town got a taste of this on Sunday, when the Open Streets initiative turned Bree Street into a rollicking party – just a day after the city’s roads had played host to the riotous celebration of the Cape Minstrels Parade.
Something strange happens when all the cars leave an ordinarily busy road: you start looking at it in a completely different way. Many visitors to Open Streets Bree Street commented that it was almost surreal to see the road’s cycle lanes being used in the manner in which they were intended. Others admitted that beforehand they had hardly noticed that the cycle lanes existed. One said she’d never realised that Bree Street boasted such beautiful trees. Without the cars, it was possible to appraise the street’s ecosystem in a totally fresh manner.
“Cape Town’s streets could be much more than they are.”
That’s the manifesto of Open Streets Cape Town, which lobbies to “actively change the way streets are used, perceived and…
Source : Daily Maverick