On Sunday October 1, which marks the beginning of Transport Month, Main Road between the Cape Town Science Centre in Observatory and the Grand Parade in the CBD will be car-free for the biggest Open Streets event in Cape Town so far.
Between 10am and 3pm, 5km of the Main Road will be open to pedestrians, creating a space for people to move, play and interact freely and safely. While the street will be primarily allocated for people to cycle, skate or walk, there will also be a wide array of activities for everyone to take part in. Activities include games, unicycling, juggling, Acro Yoga, live performances and more at Trafalgar Park; cycle lessons for adults, elliptical cycling and a safety cycling school at the Grand Parade; martial arts, yoga, a reading corner and counselling sessions at Fairview Park; music, face painting, games and performance at the Cornerstone Institute; and art workshops, a hub for games to raise awareness about disabilities and capoeira at the event.
There will also be an opening bicycle ride led by the City’s mayoral committee member for transport and urban development, Brett Herron, departing the Cape Town Science Centre at 11am. Riding with him will be MEC for Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde, a strong supporter of Open Streets, and Tasneem Essop, who was instrumental in testing the concept in 2003 – as well as a host partners and friends of Open Streets. The ride is also open to the public.
Road closures for Sunday October 1 are scheduled as follows:
Parking restrictions start at 4am
Road closures start at 8am
Open Streets Main Road starts at 10am
Open Streets Main Road ends at 3pm
Road closures end at 4pm
Road closures include:
Main Road between Groote Schuur and Browning Road (inbound lanes only)
Between Browning Road and Victoria Road (inbound lanes only)
All lanes in Victoria Rd between Salt River Road and Searle Street
All lanes in Sir Lowry Road between Searle Street and Russell Street
Sir Lowry Road (outbound lanes only) from Russell Street to Darling Street.
Darling Street(outbound lanes only) from Sir Lowry Road to Buitenkant Street.