“Open Streets” is a 40-year old global movement inspired by Bogotá’s Ciclovía – the largest national recreational programme in Colombia that turns 120km of streets into car-free space across the city every Sunday. More than 400 cities around the world have developed similar programmes and Cape Town is taking the lead in running Open Streets on the African continent.
Open Streets Cape Town (OSCT) was founded in 2012 by a group of volunteers committed to a more equitable, integrated, safer and vibrant city. It was registered as a non-profit organisation (NPO) in 2013 that seeks to build shared places that embody respect for all and help bridge the social and spatial divides of Cape Town.
OSCT works to design campaigns that raise citizen awareness, foster public debate about public streets and engage everyone in redesigning and re-working streets. Flagship activities include Open Streets Days, the monthly Talking streets series and experimental activities on the street.