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Inspiring visions of a 'new normal' at Open Streets

Cape Town's first Open Streets of 2018 pushed visitors to think beyond the road and to consider the new normal for SA: living with less water.

For a few hours during Open Streets, Cape Town's urban byways are transformed into a utopia for people on foot.

A few times a year, on a Sunday, a stretch of road in Cape Town is cut off to regular motorised traffic. For a few hours these urban paths of tar are transformed into a utopia for people on foot, bicycles, skateboards and even prams as they move freely and explore and experience the city in new ways.

During Open Streets, Cape Town's residents get to move freely and experience the city in new ways.

Given the challenges of the social and spatial divides in Cape Town, not to mention increasing congestion on our roads, Open Streets offers a change from the norm and inspires citizens to imagine a different city where streets are not just for cars.

There's always love for Chi-Chi at Open Streets.

As part of the WWF water-wise hub at Open Streets, we got to interact with several of the city’s residents. It’s not just because they were drawn to our panda mascot, Chi-Chi; many residents were genuinely interested in sharing their water saving ideas.

Miss Earth SA contestants show their commitment to saving water during Open Streets. Waste stops with them.

Using our selfie frame as their canvas, the Open Streets goers shared a wide range tips from using grey water to reducing shower time and letting yellow mellow while flushing brown down (with grey water if you can).

These are true Water Heroes.

Water Heroes come in every shape, size and age!

Well done to the organisers of Open Streets. They’ve created a space that has opened up conversations about space, mobility and our most precious natural resource: water.

Here’s looking forward to the next one on 25 March.

Eitan Prince Photo
Eitan Prince, Digital Communications and Content Manager

Eitan Prince loves the outdoors, both urban and natural. He's also a passionate photographer who loves to capture street scenes.

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