On any given day, Main Road between Cape Town’s city centre and the suburb of Observatory is a frenzied scene of organised (and at times, not so organised) chaos, where traffic jams are common place, and the cacophony of car horns, overheated engines and minibus taxi ‘gaatjies’ fill the air. But on Sunday 25 February, there was none of that, as the road and its surrounds were closed to cars in an Open Streets Cape Town event.

Taking its lead from its global namesake, NPO Open Streets Cape Town works with the City of Cape Town’s Transport and Urban Development Authority ‘to create shared spaces that can help bridge social and spatial divides’.

‘Open Streets offers a change from the norm and inspires citizens to imagine a different city where streets are not just for cars,’ says Open Streets Cape Town partner, WWF.

Another Open Streets Cape Town event was planned for Mitchells Plain in March.

Image: Rich Conyngham

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