Open Streets Mitchells Plain

Beyond The Stigma: See Mitchells Plain In A New Light

Car-free fun and open spaces at the
2019 Open Streets Mitchells Plain
31 Mar 2019 | 12:00 - 17:00
+27 (0)21 286 0823
Eisleben Drive, Mitchells Plain
Open Streets Cape Town

Beyond The Stigma: See Mitchells Plain In A New Light

Whether you're from there, or never been there before, see Mitchells Plain for its beauty as it transforms into a car-free playground in the name of togetherness and shared space

Mitchells Plain has a reputation for crime and gangsterism, but in truth is a bustling community filled with talent, entrepreneurship and ambition. Open Streets Mitchells Plain will showcase these good traits and much more positivity when it transforms part of the sprawling suburb into a vibrant and inclusive space for the fourth time on Sunday, 31 March 2019 from 12pm-5pm.

After previous success on Eisleben Road, the stretch between Morgenster Road and Montagu Drive will be opened for walking, playing and exploring at this year’s event.

The free gathering aims to create a platform for recreation and creative expression while encouraging connection and sharing between people. 

Come along on the day to be part of creating another successful Open Streets Mitchells Plain. For more details, you can refer to the Open Streets website.

It's fairly easy to get to Mitchells Plain in an environmentally-friendly way. Hop on a minibus taxi, take a bus ride or carpool with your friends. The whole point is to experience the city without a private motor vehicle.

Open Streets Cape Town is a non-profit organisation experimenting with a concept that has already taken hold in over 400 cities worldwide. The initiative originated in Bogotá, Colombia, where it is known as “Ciclovía” and practised on Sundays and public holidays by approximately 2 million people on 120 kilometres of car-free streets. The local NPO is supported by TUMI (Transformative Urban Mobility initiative), the City Of Cape Town, WWF Nedbank Green Trust and the help of many volunteers, residents and friends.

In a world where roads are built for cars, roughly half of all road fatalities involve pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists. This is due to the lack of infrastructure in place to accommodate these factors. The team from Open Streets Cape Town recently participated in a TUMI Network webinar hosted by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, which was aimed at combating these issues. The discussion used real-world examples of reimagined streets to uncover how changing the way we move in our spaces can create safer, healthier, more accessible, and more sustainable African cities. 



  • Take part in the public meetings and planning sessions and invite your friends to do the same.
  • Organise an activity – from yoga classes to art therapy, anything goes as long as it’s fun, inclusive and safe. If you're interested you can register here.
  • Join the volunteer team.
  • Apply to be a food vendor (email
  • Spread the word – use word of mouth to get your community involved.
  • Come along on the day and bring your family and friends.

Open Streets Mitchells Plain is FREE and will take place from 12pm to 5pm. All are welcome. Remember to ditch your car, and make use of public transport, your feet or a bike to get to the bustling location.

For more information, contact Open Streets Cape Town at +27 (0)21 286 0823, or email


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