Car Free Day hits the road on the Flats

Forget about driving a car down Klipfontein Road on Sunday - it is Car Free Day.

Yes, it is time to swap Old Smokey for a set of bicycle wheels or walking shoes as the Western Cape provincial government and the City of Cape Town host the second Car Free Day in this main Cape Flats artery.

The festival is held to celebrate the launch last year of the Klipfontein Road Corridor public transport plan and to promote the use of non-motorised transport.

The event starts at 11am, to cater for churchgoers along the route earlier in the morning.

"The whole Klipfontein Road will be taken up by the festival, from Jan Smuts Drive to Gugulethu, and I will open proceedings officially at noon at the Gatesville side," transport MEC Tasneem Essop said on Thursday.

Essop and environment minister Valli Moosa will join cyclists.

"There will be music on two stages, one at each end of the road. The one stage will be at the Gatesville Centre and the other at the Uluntu Centre in Gugulethu.

"Local artists will entertain the people and there will be lots of activities like skateboarding, a women's cycling event and bicycles for hire."

Marshalls wearing Siyavaya T-shirts will direct traffic to parking at Silverleigh School and Athlone Stadium.

Bicycles will be available for rent at R10 deposit.

People who want to do so, should bring a copy of their identity document.

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