The plans are progressing for the Open Street event in Lower Main Road. Given Lytton’s past success in this area I thought it might be of interest to us. Perhaps we can have another street braai ??
This from the official blog of the Open Street Movement….
Every Thursday of May the residents and ‘friends of Open Streets’ from other parts of the city are getting together to plan what will be the official launch of an Open Streets Programme for Cape Town. On 2 May, the first meeting of this series set the planning process in quick motion at the Obs Community Centre.
Given its strategic location and the potential for transforming it into a more pedestrian-friendly space, Lower Main Road is the first leg of what is expected to include a large number of areas in Cape Town by 2014. But this is no conventional ‘event,’ and the group is clear this is not a once-off but a campaign that aims to change how we perceive, engage with and behave on streets in the long term. It is the beginning of an initiative that will transform the landscape of public space by changing what streets look and feel like on a permanent basis. A goal of high order without a doubt but one that is supported strongly by the communities in Obs, Salt River and Woodstock and one to which the Department of Transport and the World Design Capital have put their weight behind.
Following a 2-minute video of Bogota’s ciclovia
and images from other Open Streets around the world, we had the help a group of architecture students from UCT who ‘manufactured’ images to help us imagine what Lower Main could look like on the 25th
The group then proceeded to hear a detailed update on the events application plan and discussed the logistical support needed in order to roll out a successful event. This included the recruitment of community marshals to support traffic officers, the need to communicate the practical implications of ‘opening’ the street to residents, the general plan to coordinate activities and the best way to engage the media among other topics.
Ideas then started to flow; from capoeira and marshal arts classes, to films and restaurants bringing tables out on the streets, Lower Main started to come alive. Residents committed to continuing the planning process for the next four weeks and to start looking for additional support by approaching local small businesses but also big brands like Red Bull and Woolworths.
The next community meeting on 9 May will start to consolidate the allocation of space on the street. Requests are already coming and street space will be allocated on a ‘first come first serve’ basis so anyone with a special interest on a particular intersection must email firstname.lastname@example.org
as soon as possible. The fun is about to begin.
20 days to go…