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May 27, 2013

#OpenStreets 2013 in pictures

Photo courtesy of @hamishkenz

This weekend, the streets of Observatory were alive with music, performers and energy as the neighbourhood opened its streets to one and all ...

The event was arranged by Open Streets Cape Town, which describes itself as follows:

Open Streets was founded in 2012 by a group of volunteers committed to a more equitable, integrated, safer and vibrant Cape Town.

Inspired by Bogota’s Ciclovia, Open Streets Cape Town (OSCT) was initially set up in order to create a temporary network of car-free areas and routes throughout Cape Town. Following the organisation of an Open Streets day by the City of Cape Town as part of Transport month in 2012, a working group was consolidated in order to ensure sustainability for this initiative.

Open Streets has been successfully implemented around the world and OSCT draws on decades of international and local experience in redesigning and reworking streets. OSCT builds on city and civic efforts, including the 2003-2004 car-free day festivals, 2012 Open Streets and Moonlight mass bicycle rides, amongst others.

OSCT works to design campaigns that raise citizen awareness, foster public debate about public streets and engage everyone in redesigning and reworking streets.

To find out more, visit the OSCT website.

We really enjoyed following the event on Twitter and Instagram, and have put together a collection of some of our favourite pictures from the event. Follow these accounts on Instagram:

Photo courtesy of @citytocity

Photo courtesy of designheard

Photo courtesy of hamishkenz

Photo courtesy of designheard

Photo courtesy of lidza

 

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