Namibia to promote non-motorized transport in capital

Open Streets Day
Open Streets Day

Namibia will host its first-ever Open Streets Day, whereby a section or a portion of streets will be closed off to cars and opened for pedestrians.

The first of its kind initiative will take place on Oct. 26 in the capital city, Windhoek, between Kasino Street and Sam Nujoma Drive.

The Windhoek City Municipality said in a notice Wednesday that the event is aimed to promote non-motorized transport as a reliable mode of transport for the residents of the city.

The initiative is a global phenomenon that temporarily opens streets to people by closing them to cars, so that people may use them for just about any activity but driving, such as walking, jogging, cycling, dancing, and social activities, said the organizers.

Open Streets Day is aimed at imparting a mind-set change, encouraging vehicle owners to start seeing city streets as public spaces and consider alternative modes of transport, leading to a greater focus on non-motorized transport, they added. Enditem

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