Going car-free on Bree

Open Streets returns to Cape Town this coming weekend. On January 17 the public are once again invited to use the entire stretch of Bree Street to walk, play, exercise and express themselves freely.

“An Open Streets Day is an opportunity to reimagine public life and use of our streets by creating a temporary road closure,” says Marcela Guerrero Casas, managing director of Open Streets Cape Town. “All residents and visitors from across Cape Town, as well as local business owners, are invited to join us from 10h00 to 15h00 in co-creating a new way of experiencing Bree Street.”

The nature of the street will remain intact. No extraordinary regulations are in effect except that motorised vehicles will not be allowed. This means that the street will be open for mobility (including emergency services, if need be), no infrastructure will be erected and everyone will be welcome to take part.

Open Streets builds on efforts by the City of Cape Town to create a city that is inclusive, friendly and safe for all, and the organisation has in partnership with the City run other successful Open Streets Days in Observatory, Langa and Bellville.

“We are working to shift the paradigm of mobility in our city, says Casas. “Jump on the train, MyCiTi bus, a minibus taxi or your bicycle or skateboard and join Open Streets Cape Town to experience the CBD in a radically different way.”

See urbanafrica.net’s photo gallery from the Open Streets Bree street event held January 2015.

Learn more about Open Streets in Cape Town with this short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_vVrgNlbk4

To arrange to set up an activity on 17 January email info@openstreets.co.za

Photo credit: Brendon Bosworth


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