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May 24, 2013

Open Streets in Observatory

Lower Main Road will be alive with activity for the inaugural Open Streets in Observatory on Saturday May 25, 2013. Photo courtesy of coda

This Africa Day, Cape Town’s vibrant locals and visitors will be taking to the streets ... the Open Streets in Observatory, that is, on Saturday May 25, 2013.

Inspired by Bogota’s Ciclovia and projects in other cities like San Francisco and Jakarta, Open Streets in Observatory will see the usually traffic-congested Lower Main Road collectively transformed from a car-dominated road to a people-friendly public space.

The initiative, supported by Cape Town Partnership and the City of Cape Town, is the first in a series of events that will see Open Streets happening on a regular basis along roads all the way to the city centre and outlying suburbs in the lead-up to World Design Capital 2014.

Just imagine it ... a free, all-day event with a host of fascinating activities happening on one of the Mother City’s busiest streets with no cars and pesky taxis to disrupt your experience. Sounds heavenly, doesn't it?

So, what’s on the entertainment bill for the day, I hear you ask? Well, how about:

  • Channelling your inner skater boy (or girl) at the skateboard mini-park
  • Practising your downward dog at the yoga lessons on Sussex Street
  • Indulging your love of street art at the chalk-drawing exhibition
  • Pitting your legendary mind skills against worthy opponents at the giant chess and scrabble tournaments
  • Being a champion cyclist: keep your sense of freedom on the streets alive by participating in this month’s Moonlight Mass cycling event, which is the finale of the Open Streets event

Download the full programme of events here

Still not convinced you should attend Open Streets in Observatory? Check out the video below for some inspiration:

Don’t miss the free Open Streets in Observatory! For more information, please visit www.openstreets.co.za, join the Facebook page, or follow on Twitter: @OpenStreetsCT.

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